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Rabbit Lake church

A moment from yesterday

Conrad Stoesz, Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies
Jun 14, 2017 | Volume 21 Issue 13

Photo courtesy of Mennonite Archival Image Database

The Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church in Rabbit Lake, Sask., 1938. In 1941, 87 percent of Mennonites were rural dwellers. By 1971, the number crashed to 53 percent and has continued to decline. There has been a massive shift in Mennonite communities toward urbanization, bringing with it new challenges and opportunities. New ways are needed to bridge the growing rural-urban divide, evident in voting, social and congregational practices.

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database, see archives.mhsc.ca


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