The Ring (district) Akkrum is a union of Mennonite congregations in Friesland for the purpose of mutual support in preaching and instruction of baptismal candidates, especially in the case of a vacant pulpit or the illness of a minister. In addition to Ring Akkrum there are in the province also Ring Bolsward and Ring Dantumawoude. Ring Akkrum is the oldest and was founded in 1837 by the historian Steven Blaupot ten Cate, who was the Mennonite minister in Akkrum 1830-1839.
The first congregations to unite in the Ring were Akkrum, Baard, Gorredijk-Lippenhuizen, Grouw, Irnsum-Poppingawier, Joure, Kromwal, Oldeboorn,Terhorne, Tjalleberd, Warga and IJlst. After Ring Bolsward was organized Baard, Kromwal (now called IJtens), and IJlst joined the latter. In 1955, the congregations in the Akkrum Ring were Akkrum, Grouw, Irnsum-Poppingawier, Warga, Leeuwarden, Drachten, Tjalleberd, Heerenveen, Bovenknijpe, Gorredijk, Terhorne, Joure and Wolvega.
Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839: 250.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 16.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 29. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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