- First church split, informal, beginning to wathdraw. They called themselves 'Kleinegemeinde"
- K. Reimer and 18 sympathizers isolated from the rest of the church. Met irregularly in spacious dwellings.
- Derisive term "Kleingemeinde"
- No reconcilliation worked.
ToewsKlipp 14 Born within 10 years of founding Molotschna, influence of a stream of PIETISTIC SENTIMENT emanating from non-Mennonite German-speaking settlements in Wouth Russia.
- remained inward-looking and didn't try to affect others.
27: heart-searching to ordain K. Reimer, they were without an official elder
- Not recognized by the Old Colony
- Mennonite ministers' privileges were not extended to Kleinegemeinde ministers, i.e. road duty.
- Lots were drawn. K. Reimer was elected the first minister and bishop of the church in Russia.
M1860 SOD HOUSE
Reimer book 53
- the new Kleinegemeinde settlement in Bersenko. First was a "zemlin", "a dugout sort of affair with lower portion below ground level to economize on materials."
Epp 163 Kleinegemeinde
- Klaas Reimer wanted to estblish the true church. Reversion to fundamentals of faith as expressed in scriptures and interpreted by Mennon Simons and KR himself.
- He saw lax discipline infidelity and lack of spirituality
- baptiosm of marrying-age into the church was so routinized, signs of individual faith were unclear.
- against higher education, musical instruments, even mission work.
- against force and coercion as a disciplinary measure in Molotchna
- against contributions to the Russian gov. during the war with Napoleon.***
Epp 170 "They'd shifted from viewing themselves as a religious community to an idea of themselves as an LITE group whose task was to present the world with a model image of an enlightened and perfected people."
- No longer inward looking religious society dedicated to following a narrow path in opposition to the world. Now, an open culture aboe the world in its advancement, knowledge and way of life.
- "Being different" meant now a superior cultural tradition, religious difference no longer a key marker.
171. PIETISM - Rather than religio-socio-economic not vehicle of dissatisfaction (1860s) - PIETISM, emphasized fine issues of personal morality and personal salvation.
172. Jan. 6. - M.B. church statement to Molotchna elders, deparating themselves. (see xerox).
- authorities of the old church persecuted the new body, causing arrests and punishment, and threatening them with loss of civil rights.
M1864 Julius Reimer is born (MS)
M1865 Kleinegemeinde Move
to 1867: After the death of Klaas Reimer, the kleinegemeinde moved in their entirety to what became BERSENKO area.
M1869 Kleinegemeindes move to steinbach (russia)
The above, Don, is raw notes from my research - taken from cited sources in my bibliography. The "M" in front of the dates represents Mennonites. Other research starts with "W" for "World" - what was happening at the time in world history, and "R"for "Russia" - what was happening at the time in Russian history. I haven't edited this material yet, so it's as bare as can be, but you see there's a shape to it. More as I dig it out....Love, Phyllis
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