Blankenburger Allianzkonferenz (see Alliance) is in part a continuation of the meetings which Robert Pearsal Smith called into being on his evangelistic tour of Germany in 1875. It was founded in 1885 for the purpose of uniting and building up all true and active Christians into one body of Christ (unum corpus Christi). After 1918 it held meetings in Blankenburg in Thuringia, which were attended by some German and many Russian Mennonites. Among the latter it found many zealous supporters who have made large contributions to the work. The conferences were held annually until the 52nd session in 1938. Jakob Kroeker was an outstanding worker in the conferences; he died on 12 December 1948 after a long illness. The conferences could not be resumed until 1947, and the 56th was held in 1950. The separation of the East of Germany from the West, making it impossible for visitors or speakers from the West to come to Blankenburg, made it necessary to organize special conferences for the West; 1947 Marburg, 1948 Bielefeld, 1949 Libenzell, 1950 Wiesbaden. Contacts were maintained with the National Association of Evangelicals in the United States. The annual subjects for consideration were: in 1947, "Christ, All and in All"; 1948, "The Work of the Holy Spirit according to Ephesians"; 1949, "The Glorious Hope of the Christians, according to 1 Peter 1:3-2:10"; 1950, "The Returning Lord and the Waiting Church." The executive committee in 1950 consisted of Otto Kaiser, Kassel; Friedrich Heitmüller, Hamburg; Willy Diezel, Nürnberg. The conference was sponsored by the Blankenburger Allianz, a union of a number of Gemeinschaften, which was always strongly evangelical and conservative in theology as well as pietistic in spirit.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 226.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 352. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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