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David Harrington Watt

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195068343.001.0001

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The Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship

The Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship

(p.55) Five The Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship
Bible-Carrying Christians

David Harrington Watt

Oxford University Press

The Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship, a congregation that deeply valued the traditions of the Anabaptists, was located in a section of West Philadelphia that was not at all prosperous. Many of the people associated with the fellowship were devoted to “traditional family values” and many of them believed that homosexuality was a sin. The congregation was not, by any means, made up exclusively of people who were thoroughgoing feminists. Nevertheless, the Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship was a place where patriarchal norms were sometimes interrogated. It was also a place where people were taught that Christians sometimes ought to resist the power of nation‐states and of corporations. At the Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship, forms of hierarchy associated with ministerial authority were viewed with suspicion.

Keywords:   Anabaptists, corporations, feminism, hierarchy, homosexuality, nation‐states, patriarchal norms, Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship, traditional family values

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