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Pioneers David W. Schellenberg (age 92) and Johann Siemens (age 89) meeting

on the 60th Anniversary of the R.M. of Rhineland in 1944.

Credit: CMCA

With war seeming ever more imminent, representatives of Men­ nonite denominations in Canada met for a conference on May 15, 1939, to discuss possible Mennonite responses to the war. Chaired by David Toews of the Rosenorter Mennonite Church in Rosthern, Saskatche­ wan, this conference, included delegations from the Canadian Con­ ference, the Mennonite Brethren Church, the Old Mennonites of Ontario, the Bruderthaler (Evangelical Mennonite Brethren), Kleine Gemeinde, Old Colony, Rudnerweider, Church of God in Christ and the Hutterian Brethren. Only the Manitoba Sommerfelder declined to send a representative. Discussed at this meeting was the question of non­ resistance and possible forms of alternative service and the urgency in teaching non-resistance more thoroughly, especially to the young. There was also a special concern that the Mennonites present a united