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Menno Simons Lectures

The Menno Simons Lectureship endowment fund promotes research and public lectures by recognized scholars relating to Anabaptist-Mennonite history, thought, life and culture, both past and present.

In 1950, the John P. and Carolina Schrag Kaufman family established the Menno Simons Lectureship Endowment. In 1997, the family of William E. and Meta Goering Juhnke contributed substantially to the endowment. The Kaufman and Juhnke families had their roots in the Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kan.


César García, general secretary of Mennonite World Conference in Kitchener, Ontario, presented "Towards an Anabaptist Catholicity." Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is a global communion that serves some 1.5 million members around the world. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, César has been a church planter, pastor, and professor of Bible and Theology. Prior to his election, he chaired the Iglesias Hermanos Menonitas de Colombia (Mennonite Brethren Churches of Colombia) and served as secretary of the MWC Mission Commission.

Lecture 1: "Anabaptist Catholicity: A Definition"

Lecture 2: "Anabaptist Catholicity as Centripetal Force"

Lecture 3: "Anabaptist Catholicity as Centrifugal Force"


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Past lectures

List of past speakers (PDF)

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