Sloten (Friesland, Netherlands)

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Sloten (Slooten), a town in the Dutch province of Friesland (1947 pop. 711; 20 Mennonites), formerly the seat of a Mennonite congregation. This congregation was founded in the 16th century, likely by the activity of Elder Leenaert Bouwens, who between 1551 and 1582 repeatedly visited Sloten, baptizing 59 or perhaps 62 persons, a number of whom may, however, have lived in surrounding villages. Of the history of the Sloten congregation there is not much information. In later times it belonged to the more progressive Waterlander branch. In 1695 it numbered about 50 members (there were 47 members who did not receive financial support from the deacons). In the Naamlijst of 1731 it is called Sloten and Lemmer, but this is not quite correct; the Lemmer and Sloten congregations did not merge until 1748. In 1731 there were three lay preachers; one of them was Ruurd Douwesz Kooyman, who served 1720-1765. After 1781 the pulpit remained vacant. The Naamlijst states that the Sloten congregation was united with that of neighboring Legemeer; but this union did not save the congregation, for in 1789 the Sloten congregation was dissolved, the few remaining members joining the Balk congregation.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 545. All rights reserved.

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