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What is a Mennonite, and is it contagious?

The short answer is that the Mennonites are the faith descendants of Menno Simons, a 16th century European Anabaptist leader in the so-called Radical Reformation. The Anabaptists then distinguished themselves from mainstream Christianity through their beliefs in adult believer’s baptism, the call to non-violence, and the separation of the Christian community from involvement in earthly kingdoms. Today, Mennonites and many of their Anabaptist cousins in North America and around the world are also know for their commitment to community, for living lives of simplicity and generosity, and for their work toward peace, justice, and reconciliation through organizations like the Mennonite Central Committee, Ten Thousand Villages, and Christian Peacemaker Teams.

For the long answer, check out these links:
http://www.thirdway.com/Menno
http://www.mcc.org/
http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/about/