Conference of Pacifist Churches

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At the close of World War I the Friends initiated a movement that came to be known as the Conference of Pacifist Churches. The first meeting was held in Bluffton, Ohio, in August 1922, and was attended by a total of 95 Brethren, Friends, Mennonites, and others from 16 states, Canada, and England.

The second conference was held at Juniata College (Pennsylvania) in December 1923; the third at Carlock, Illinois, in 1926; the fourth in North Manchester, Indiana, in 1927; and the last one at Mt. Morris, Illinois, in March 1931. At the last conference H. P. Krehbiel stressed the differences between social and political pacifism as contrasted with New Testament pacifism. Krehbiel was appointed a Committee of One to arrange for the next meeting which convened in Newton, Kansas, in October 1935 under the new name of the Conference of Historic Peace Churches. At this meeting a Continuation Committee was appointed, which called meetings of the Historic Peace Churches at irregular intervals after that date.


Gingerich, Melvin. Service for Peace. Akron, Pa.: Mennonite Central Committee, 1949: 25-31.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1953

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