A Cloud of Witnesses: Celebrating Indonesian Mennonites

A Cloud of Witnesses: Celebrating Indonesian Mennonites

by John D. Roth


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Indonesia is home to the oldest Mennonite community outside of Europe and North America. Author John D. Roth traces the 170-year history of Mennonites in Indonesia alongside the larger cultural and religious history of the country. By placing the legacy of European colonization from the sixteenth century to national independence in 1945 beside the history of the Dutch Mennonite mission to Indonesia in the nineteenth century, Roth creates a rich narrative tapestry.

A Cloud of Witnesses traces the emergence of the three Mennonite-related groups found today in Indonesia. Like all churches, they have each integrated the good news of the gospel with the local culture, ethnic identity, religious currents, and national history in a distinctive way.
In July 2022, these three Mennonite groups in Indonesia will collaboratively host the seventeenth global assembly of Mennonite World Conference in Semarang, Java.

A Cloud of Witnesses helps to orient other members of the global Anabaptist-Mennonite church to the history and identity of this unique group of churches while also providing practical travel tips, recipes, reference notes on culture and language and tourist sites—making it the perfect accompaniment for those who plan to travel to Indonesia for Mennonite World Conference in the summer of 2022.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781513809397
Publisher: APG Sales & Distribution
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 379,754
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John D. Roth is professor of history at Goshen College, editor of Mennonite Quarterly Review, and director of the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism at Goshen College. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago. Roth’s many books include Choosing Against War: A Christian View, Beliefs: Mennonite Faith and Practice, Stories: How Mennonites Came to Be, and Practices: Mennonite Worship and Witness. Roth lives in Goshen, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Map 10

1 The Emergence of a Global Anabaptist-Mennonite Church 11

2 An Introduction to Indonesia 35

3 Before Pieter Jansz There Was Tunggul Wulung: The Early History of the Javanese Mennonite Church 55

4 The Evangelical Javanese Church (Gereja Injili di Tanah Jawa-Gitj) 81

5 The Muria Christian Church of Indonesia (Gereja Kristen Muria Indonesia-Gkmi) 107

6 The Indonesian Christian Congregation (Jemaat Kristen Indonesia-JKI) 133

7 The Indonesian MWC Churches Today 155

A (Very Brief) Travel Guide to Indonesia 167

Recipes to Try at Home 183

The Author 199

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