The Ältester: Herman D.W. Friesen, a Mennonite leader in changing times

Offering a unique window into the Old Colony Mennonite community in Saskatchewan, this biography of Herman D.W. Friesen reveals the life of a man who attempted to modernize his community, often in opposition to traditional religious beliefs. The story begins on the Hague-Osler Mennonite reserve in t...

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Subtitles:Herman D.W. Friesen, a Mennonite leader in changing times
Main Author: Guenther, Bruce L.
Contributors: Loewen, Loyden (Writer of preface)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada University of Regina Press [2018]
Further subjects:B Old Colony Mennonites Biography
B Friesen, Herman D. W 1908-1969
B Mennonites (Saskatchewan) Biography
Parallel Edition:Erscheint auch als: Guenther, Bruce L. (Bruce Lloyd), 1959-, author: ältester. - Regina, Saskatchewan : University of Regina Press, 2018
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Summary:Offering a unique window into the Old Colony Mennonite community in Saskatchewan, this biography of Herman D.W. Friesen reveals the life of a man who attempted to modernize his community, often in opposition to traditional religious beliefs. The story begins on the Hague-Osler Mennonite reserve in the 1910s and 20s. At this time the government was pressuring Mennonite communities to send their children to province-run schools. This set off a series of migrations, in which Mennonites left for Mexico, Central America, and other parts of Canada. During the watershed decade of the 1960s, Friesen was elected as a minister, and later as the Äeltester (Bishop). Despite growing up in an environment filled with intense governmental conflict and considerable suspicion towards "the English outsiders," he did not try to organize another migration out of Saskatchewan. Instead, taking a unique approach to leadership, Friesen tried to navigate a gradual process of accommodation to the changes taking place in the province. Included in the book are Friesen's sermons, translated from German, providing a unique glimpse into the Old Colony Mennonite theology that aided him in guiding the church in a strategy of gradual cultural accommodation
Introduction -- Homesteading origins and early childhood experiences -- The centrality of church -- Farm and family life -- Community and church leadership, 1936-1969 -- Conclusion
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:0889775729