Who are Mennonites?
Mennonites are among the Christian groups that split from the Catholic Church in the 1500s during the Protestant Reformation. They shared with the other Protestant groups an insistence on the Bible as a foundation for doctrine, above church authority.
Mennonites emphasize nonviolence and love for their enemies, obedience to God over secular authorities, and the importance of living out the teachings of Jesus in daily life.
Within that tradition, there’s a lot of variety. Some groups emphasize a life of simplicity and separation from the world, dressing in plain clothing and staying out of politics. They are often confused with Amish, leading to the stereotype of horses, buggies and beards. Others don’t have a distinctive way of dressing and embrace social activism.