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Photos from Council of International Anabaptist Ministries

posted by Tim Nafziger on 01/24/11 at 12:26 AM

This week I did a photography and reporting work at the Council for Anabaptist International Ministries here in Chicago. It's an annual gathering of agencies from Brethren in Christ Church, Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada, Conservative Mennonite Conference, Evangelical Mennonite Conference (Canada) and Mennonite Brethren. It's a time when leaders and workers from these agencies get together to share information and work toward greater collaboration.

I interviewed a number of participants and they talked about the hard work of deepening collaboration between different Anabaptist agencies often working in the same countries and regions.They also affirmed the importance of building relationships face to face with people they would otherwise only meet by email or phone.

1/31/11 Update: Here's the article I wrote about the gathering on Mennonite Mission Network's site: Anabaptist mission leaders reflect on mission in Eastern Europe

Here are some of the photos I took:

Mary Raber, a worker Mennonite Mission Network (MMN) in the Ukraine, speaks as part of a discussion. The theme of this year's gathering was eastern Europe, where Raber has worked, studied and taught for 30 years.

Tim Foley, Director for Europe at MMN, discusses the work of Lithuania Christian College.

Gordon Janzen (left) of Mennonite Church Canada Witness speaks with Lane Miller from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Ind., and Patricia Urueña, is currently teaching at AMBS. Urueña and her husband César (below) are on sabatical from their work in Ecuador with Colombian refugees with MMN. Their work is through Ecuador Partnership, a three-way partnership of MMN, Central Plains Mennonite Conference congregations and the Colombia Mennonite Church

Mary Raber leads a workshop discussion.

Ginny Martin, a staff member at AMBS, talks with Zemedkun Baykeda, executive director of Meserete Kristos Church Relief and Development Association (Ethiopia)

Richard Showalter, Eastern Mennonite Missions, speaks to the group.

Patricia Urueña speaks as part of a discussion.

Yemiru Tilahun, director of missions and evangelism for Meserete Kristos Church (Ethiopia), speaks as part of a panel on major ecumenical gatherings in 2010.

James Krabill, senior executive for Global Ministries at Mennonite Mission Network, speaks as part of the panel.

Jamie Ross, who works with the Mission Studies Center at AMBS, speaks about her experience at the ecumenical gathering in Boston in 2010 as a student.

Stanley Green, executive director of MMN, speaks as part of the panel.

Arli Klassen, director of Mennonite Central Committee, speaks as part of the panel.

David Shenk, former director of Eastern Mennonite Missions and author.


César Moya, an MCC worker in Ecuador who is currently teaching at AMBS.


The gathering included a surprise book launch of a festschrift honoring Walter Sawatsky. It is entitled History and Mission in Europe: Continuing the Conversation and edited by Mary Raber and Peter F. Penner

Sawatsky daughter, Natasha Sawatsky-Kingsley, presents him with an album of messages from colleagues over the years. James Kraybill watches in the background.

Hippolyto Tshimanga, of Mennonite Church Canada Witness, shares stories from his work over the years with Sawatsky (right).

Sawatsky signs a copy of his book for David Shenk.

Walter Sawatsky signs books.

Nafziger_tim_2_thumbnail Tim Nafziger is passionate about gathering people with shared values to work together for change in our communities and our world. One such space is Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) where he works as interim assistant director. Tim lives with his wife Charletta in the Ojai Valley in southern California where they connect with Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministires. Tim has written chapters in Widening the Circle: Experiments in Christian Discipleship; Fear or Freedom?: Why a Warring Church Must Change; and 118 Days: Christian Peacemaker Teams Held Hostage in Iraq. His photo portfolio is at timnafziger.com. You can follow Tim on Twitter at @tim_nafziger

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