Zollikon church

A Moment from Yesterday

September 14, 2022 | Opinion | Volume 26 Issue 19
Laureen Harder-Gissing | Mennonite Archives of Ontario
(Photo: The Mennonite Story / Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

For a few brief months in spring 1525, the first Anabaptist congregation flickered to life in this house in Zollikon, a village on the edge of Zurich, Switzerland. According to the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online, the group attempted to become a “free church,” administering communion, preaching, discipline and baptism on their own without reliance on the state church. By late summer, harassment and imprisonment had worn down the fledgling congregation. Their attempt was “ahead of [their] time.”

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

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(Photo: The Mennonite Story / Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

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