Summary: This book, volume 2 of two (vol.1, Roots, published 2010), tells the story of Southeast Mennonite Conference into the twenty-first century. From its inception, SMC has been a diverse Mennonite denominational body including small churches rooted in missions and larger congregations of Sarasota, Florida, begun by Mennonites who moved south for sunshine and business opportunities.
Volume 1, Roots, focused on the founding of SMC. Volume 2, Branches, tells in some detail of how it branched out over the 1970s to 1992 and then provides a briefer update of developments into recent years as multi-cultural richness has come to be an important feature of Southeast Mennonite Conference.
Comment on Volume 2: "This second volume, covering in considerable detail the 1969-1992 period with briefer glimpses spilling into the twenty-first century, focuses on . . . what emerged as new people came to faith from traditionally non-Mennonite white, African-American, Hispanic, Garifuna, Haitian, and other origins. Today, over half of the Southeast Mennonite Conference congregations derive from these newer populations within the Mennonite faith family." —James R. Krabill, Senior Executive for Global Ministries, Mennonite Mission Network, in the Foreword to Volumes 1 and 2
Comment on Volume 1: "With the art of a storyteller, the heart of a pastor, and the acumen of a leader, Lehman narrates the Amish and Mennonite presence in the Southeast in this first of two volumes." —John E. Sharp, Instructor in History, Hesston College; Author, A School on the Prairie: A Centennial History of Hesston College, 1909-2009
"The evident working of the Holy Spirit, the foibles and faith of leaders and laypeople, and the struggles of cultural and regional differences in the founding and metamorphosis of the Mennonite church in the Southeast make Roots and Branches an interesting read and a valuable history resource." —Irene Bechler, former urban church planter; teacher and counselor; Member, Outreach Commission, College Mennonite Church
"This is grassroots history at its best, telling the story of the men and women who nurtured an Anabaptist presence in Florida and Georgia." —Richard K. Macmaster, Author, Land, Piety, Peoplehood: The Establishment of Mennonite Communities in America, 1683-1790
"Key moments and personalities,
insightfully recalled, will help new members gain important
understandings of Southeast Mennonite Conference as well as its
neighbor churches, and historians of the larger Mennonite scene will
need this book for their own interpretive work." —John. L. Ruth, Author, The
Earth Is the Lord’s: A Narrative History of Lancaster Mennonite
Conference More. . . .
History—Anabaptist, Mennonite, Amish; of Southeast Mennonite
Conference. BISAC: History, Religion.
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