Ibersheim Resolutions (Ibersheimer Beschlusse) is the name given the acts of two conferences of South German Mennonites held at Ibersheim 5 June 1803 and 10 June 1805.
The former was called by Valentin Dahlem of Mosbach and Peter Weber of Neuwied. A new Ministers’ Manual was to be drawn up and issued. In addition resolutions were passed, dealing almost exclusively with church discipline. The age of baptismal candidates was fixed at 14 or 15. A second baptism for persons changing membership from another church was rejected. The bearing of arms and military service were forbidden.
At the second conference the regulation prohibiting members from holding government office was renewed. Preachers were not to be considered in full service until they had had some practice and proved themselves. The council meeting (Umfrage)was never to be omitted. A day of prayer and fasting was set for 28 July in all the congregations "on this side of the Rhine and on the Neckar" to avert the distress of military service. Mannhardt therefore calls this meeting at Ibersheim "the sunset glow in the sky of the old Mennonitism in the Rhineland."
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 400.
Mannhardt, W. Die Wehrfreiheit der Altpreussischen Mennoniten. Danzig, 1863: 55.
Mennonitische Blätter (1907): 51, 60.
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