This is definitely worth a viewing, if you are in the area, and I have also come home with a bottle of their late-gathered 2009 Chardonnay to sample into the bargain!
For any wishing to visit the Anabaptist Museum at Velke Levare, in the Anabaptist Quarter there, details can be found on the Zahorskie Museums website (Slovak language) and the Anabaptist Cellars website can be found here (Czech language).
The Anabaptists, writes Verduin, “were not interested in any continuity with the Church of the past; for them that Church was a ‘fallen’ creature.
Not some reformation of this ‘fallen’ creature was their objective but a new beginning, a Restitution.
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The secret couple could not go on dates to even youth services; however, he could drive her home in his buggy afterwards and visit her home when her parents were asleep.
These rules are no longer in effect throughout most Mennonite communities because of the newly accepted thoughts and practices of members, and the “Schteeklimann” concepts are not used altogether.
Unable to accept this decision, Funk was excommunicated in 1778.
Although Mennonite customs are strict, the individual Mennonite young adult decides whether to follow the conservative courting traditions or pursue a more liberal approach to dating.
In the book, A Complicated Kindness, Nomi decides to overlook her community’s traditions and let her heart decide her dating judgment.
On a recent trip across Europe, from one weekend of ministry in Dijon, France to another in Lanckorona, Poland, I took the opportunity to visit some of the sites associated with the Anabaptists in Zurich, Innsbruck, Vienna and in Moravia and Slovakia.
In particular, visiting the Anabaptist Quarter (Habánsky Dvor) in Velke Levare, north of Malacky in Western Slovakia, a beautifully preserved example of a Hutterite bruderhof dating back to 1588, I was amazed to be introduced to a descendant of a Hutterite (Habáni) family in the village there, still living in the neighbourhood and looking after the (now Roman Catholic) chapel of the original settlement.