Early photo of John Ruth leading a heritage tour

Is There a Lesson? 45 years of Sharing the Anabaptist Heritage Story in Europe 
A 90- minute documentary produced by John and Jay Ruth.

If you have ever travelled with John Ruth on a European Anabaptist Heritage tour you won’t want to miss his film entitled Is There a Lesson? During this 90-minute documentary, relive your memories of travelling the Anabaptist heritage trail in Europe through still photography from the 1960’s through decades of film footage to video from John’s more than 60 heritage tours. The four-continent tour is linked by the twinned motifs of sword and song, emphasizing the original centrality of the Anabaptist theme of biblical nonresistance. Even if you have never travelled on a heritage tour, this film will help to bring the stories of Anabaptist leaders to life as you virtually “visit” significant sites in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Switzerland. WATCH A FILM TRAILER.

The film is being shown at various locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Indiana, and other states in fall 2018.  An offering will be taken at each event. Half of the proceeds will go toward the costs of developing the film and the other half to a local Mennonite Historical Society.


11     Sunday, 6:00 p.m. Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552


If there isn’t an event close by your home, consider joining one of our online presentations (webinars).


We hope you can join us for one of these great events or presentations.


Past Webinars

It’s not too late to watch a webinar that’s already passed–you can watch a recording!

TASTE OF THE WORLD: Natural & Cultural Encounters in the Amazon WEBINAR
Join Jerrell Ross Richer as he shows photos and tell you stories about the Natural and Cultural Encounters in the Amazon tour during a 20 minute online presentation. Find out more about the Cofán people who you will stay with on this tour and how they are working to protect their corner of the rain forest. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WEBINAR RECORDING.

TASTE OF THE WORLD: The Holy Land From A Woman’s Perspective WEBINAR
During this presentation, Kathy Bergen shared photos and talked about some of what travellers will see and do on the Holy Land From A Woman’s Perspective tour plus some of her experiences from living and working in Israel/Palestine for many years. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WEBINAR RECORDING.

TASTE OF THE WORLD: Embodying Truth: Church & Theatre in London WEBINAR
Tour leader Allan Rudy-Froese, a professor of proclamation at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, is fascinated by the role of body language in communicating truth. In this online presentation, he talks about how this theme will be explored on the Embodying Truth: Church & Theatre in London tour that he will be leading next July. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WEBINAR RECORDING.


Past Events

Jain Temple, Mumbai. Photo credit: Nico Crisafulli

Jain Temple, Mumbai. Photo credit: Nico Crisafulli

Adventures in Asia: An Evening with Bert & Martha Lobe and Jim Pankratz
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Conrad Grebel University College, Community Education Room

Suggested donation of $20 goes to Mennonite Central Committee. Refreshments included.

During this Asia-focused event, former educators and MCC staff in Asia, Bert and Martha Lobe, will whet your appetite for their Spring 2019 Mountains & Monasteries tour to China, Tibet, Nepal, and Hong Kong. Hear about walking the “Dragon’s Back” in Hong Kong, the sights, sounds, and smells of strolling through temples and palaces in Tibet, and seeing the incredible Himalayas in Nepal. Former Conrad Grebel College President Jim Pankratz, who lived and worked in India, will describe how the theme “West Meets East” will be explored in the places, people, and events that will be encountered by travellers on his upcoming India tour. Jim will also talk about people who journeyed to India in previous centuries and the testimony they left of their hopes, astonishment, confusion, and transformation. SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE.


Is There a Lesson? 45 years of Sharing the Anabaptist Heritage Story in Europe 
Screening on Friday, September 14, 7:00 p.m., The Gallery at Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2


Travellers on the Great Trek to Uzbekistan

Russian Mennonite Migrations in Europe, Poland, & Central Asia
Thursday, September 13, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Mennonite Heritage Archives at Canadian Mennonite University, Room TBA
With Mennonite Historian John Sharp and Archivist Conrad Stoesz

Suggested donation of $20 to benefit the Mennonite Archives at CMU; refreshments included. Former Hesston College Professor and experienced heritage tour leader John Sharp will talk about the origins of the Anabaptist movement in Europe and the Russian Mennonite branch of the family that settled in Poland, Russia, and a small group that migrated to Central Asia. See photos and hear about tours to these areas. Archivist Conrad Stoesz will talk about documents and artifacts related to these migrations that are housed in the Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives in Winnipeg. Time for questions. TourMagination owner Audrey Voth Petkau will be at this event and would love to see you! SPACE IS LIMITED.