Peace and justice projects in South Africa are creating a large appetite for the nonviolent peace principles of Anabaptist theology. Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers Andrew and Karen Suderman invite Canadians to feed that need by helping them to build the Anabaptist Network in South Africa Peace Library. This resource centre will provide students and theologians with a wide range of Anabaptist material, from academic books and journals to children’s books and music.
Interested Canadians can contribute new or used Anabaptist materials to the Peace Library shelves, or provide funds to pay for the shipment of those materials to South Africa.
The Sudermans, who provide leadership to the network, say the library recently moved into an office space that once served as home to the library of the Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa. When that library was relocated to a new building, the seminary offered the Anabaptist Network the space in exchange for student access to the growing Peace Library and assistance with teaching several seminary courses and workshops.
“Moving into this new space is an exciting step in the development of the . . . Peace Library,” says Karen. “It’s very large, spacious, with lots of room to grow. The books that we currently have, however, do not fill much of the shelves, but we’re looking forward to receiving the books that have been donated for this project thus far.”