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Moving mission 
 Menno Simons was born in Witmarsum (Netherlands). He gave direction to the ‘Anabaptist movement’, which currently comprises 1.6 million Mennonites worldwide.

The movement of this religious minority all over Europe was mainly caused by pressures created by governments and religious oppression, but also by economic reasons

In spite of being relatively small in size, the movement has had an important impact on the processes leading to a united Europe. Their main heritage is the issue of protection of minorities.

In Wittenberg in 1517, Martin Luther presented his ninety-fi ve theses. A protest against the Catholic trade in indulgences. This is widely regarded as the initial catalyst for the Protestant Reformation.

During the fi rst half of the 16th century, against the background of this societal upheaval, the Anabaptists movement arose in in various places: Switzerland, Southern Germany & the Alsace and the Northern & Southern Netherlands with North-Eastern Germany.

Directly inspired by the Bible, these Anabaptists took radical societal positions: A strict separation of Church & State, the introduction of adult baptism based on free will and personal choice, a call for freedom of conscience and religion, freedom of expression, the Holy Communion instead of the Catholic Mass as a celebration of unity in the congregation, and a vow not to carry arms.

These revolutionary principles made the Anabaptists enemies of the state, and their citizenship was taken away from them. This led to many of them being killed at the stake or through drowning. In a reaction to this persecution they formed small, solitary , but strong and solidaritybased communities, which focused on mutual support

The Anabaptists would move to any region where a sovereign monarch allowed small freedoms to religious groups. Soon they gained infl uence, both fi nancially and culturally. One of their main characteristics was their

loyal and social attitude towards the existing communities amongst which they settled.

In this manner they spread out from Switzerland to the North-West (Friesland) all the way to the North-East (Ukraine) of Europe. Many of the ethical values of these 16th century.

Anabaptists are considered basic civil rights in 21st-century Europe: tolerance, freedom of religion and conviction, care for the weak and vulnerable, and successful entrepreneurship. However, we have to concede that the social cohesion today’s Europe is still not safe.

That’s why it is important to highlight examples from our shared European history, examples which, in addition to the values mentioned above, also demonstrate that in order to live together in peace, non-violence and solidarity matter.

With this hope in our hearts and minds, we are proud to make this publication available to you.

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