Hutterites topic of CMBS dinner event

Rod Janzen, professor of history at Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University, will speak about the Hutterites at the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies annual dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 7 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus.

The cost for the event is $15 per person; reservations can be made by contacting CMBS director Peggy Goertzen at 620-947-3121 ext. 1211 or ext. 1212 or by e-mailing peggyg@tabor.edu. Reservations are due by May 2.

The menu for the evening will feature traditional ethnic Low- German Mennonite fare including Hillsboro sausage, verenika, cherry moos and zweibach.

The Hutterites, a branch of the Anabaptist-Mennonite family, have unique ways of living out their faith as disciples of Christ, according to Goertzen.

?Perhaps they are most noted for communal living, living in colonies, working, eating, praying together,? she said.

Janzen, son of former Tabor College president Vernon Janzen (1980 to 1987), has done extensive research on the subject. He is the author of several books on the subject of communal Anabaptist and utopian societies.

During the afternoon prior to the dinner, CMBS will offer a ?Mennonite Heritage Tour.? Goertzen will be the interpretative tour guide, offering insight and narrative to significant historical sites in the area.

The tour group will travel on a 48-passenger bus following a light lunch in the historic church on the Tabor campus at 11:45 a.m. At this location, a brief history will be given of the Polish Mennonites who founded the Hillsboro Menno?nite Breth?ren Church.

Other points of interest are Brunk Cemetery, Gnadenau village and orphanage sites, Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, Catlin Menno?nite Cemetery, Peabody train station, Walton historic marker, Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Johannestal-Brudertal-French Creek sites and Lehigh.

The tour will conclude at the Historic Church about 5 p.m.

Tickets are $25. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve a seat, contact Goertzen with the information provided above. Reservations are required by May 2.

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