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London centre to celebrate 50 years of hospitality, service


MC Canada/Mennonite Mission Network joint release
April 9, 2003


Staff of the London Mennonite Centre

London Mennonite Centre


LONDON - The London Mennonite Centre, a three-story house on Shepherds Hill in the Highgate section of London, will play host to visitors from around the world June 7-8 in celebration of its 50th year of Christian service and hospitality.

The London Mennonite Centre was founded in 1953, just eight years after the end of World War II, with Londoners still rebuilding their bomb-gutted city. Life for international students was particularly difficult. The centre began as a housing ministry for foreign students - mostly Indian and African former “subjects” of the British Empire. By the mid-1970s, with anti-discrimination laws in effect in England, the centre’s mission evolved into a place of retreat, theological discourse and debate, and a resource centre for Anabaptism in Great Britain. Today, the London Mennonite Centre has nine staff working at various aspects of mission, ranging from Christian education in discipleship and Anabaptist tradition to mediation and reconciliation.

The centre’s 50th anniversary weekend will include storytelling, looking to the future, a walk in central London, meals and worship. Participants are asked to make their intentions known no later than Easter Day, April 20. Photos are being sought of the centre and of the people who have lived and worked there. Please send them by May 9 to the centre, 14 Shepherds Hill, London N6 5AQ,.

For accommodation options and other information, contact Jill Gerig at the London Mennonite Centre via e-mail at, or visit the centre’s web site at