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New webinar recording available!

Webinar: Gathering around COVID

This webinar includes the dramatic presentation: Gathering around COVID – a young married couple are visiting their parents for the first time in almost two years. Over dinner, cultural norms and expectations are observed, opinions and disagreements are shared.

A panel discussion, following the webinar, helped to further unpack cultural norms and expectations.

Viewers gained a deeper understanding of how to engage with the Low German-speaking community and others who have different views regarding the current public health crisis and insight into the history and culture that forms these opinions.

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Call for participation in Diverse Paths: An Exploration of Low German Mennonite Experiences.

The conference, Diverse Paths: An Exploration of Low German Mennonite Experiences has been rescheduled to October 14, 2022. We are looking for members of Low German-speaking communities and service professionals who would be interested in leading a session at this conference that facilitates learning and sharing across diverse experiences. First-time and experienced presenters are welcome to submit proposals.

Learn more and submit a proposal

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NEW RESOURCE …COVID-19 Information in Low German

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A HISTORY OF MIGRATIONS

The Low German Mennonite migration from Latin America to Ontario is the most recent leg of a migratory history that began in the 1500s in Europe.

RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL UNDERSTANDINGS

Low German speaking Mennonites who have come to Ontario from Latin America are a part of a rich religious tradition with a long history. The formal aspects of religious life are expressed in church activities, but the very fabric of daily colony life is religious as well.

HEALTH IN A COLONY CONTEXT

Some Low German families seek medical interventions only when home remedies or their community’s lay practitioners are unable to resolve the issue.

EDUCATION IN A LOW GERMAN MENNONITE COLONY CONTEXT

In the Latin American Mennonite colony, the village school is an important institution in the perpetuation of colony life.

RELATING WITH LOW GERMAN-SPEAKING MENNONITES FROM LATIN AMERICA

Suggestions for service providers.