Is There a Lesson? European Anabaptist Heritage Documentary with John Ruth
Historic Photo of John L Ruth

Historic Photo of John L Ruth storytelling on an Anabaptist Heritage Tour in Europe

Schedule of Screenings in 2018

If you have ever travelled with John Ruth on a European Anabaptist Heritage tour you won’t want to miss his 90 minute documentary entitled Is There a Lesson?. During this 90-minute documentary, relive your memories of travelling the Anabaptist heritage trail in Europe through still photography from the 1960’s through decades of film footage to video from John’s more than 60 heritage tours. The four-country tour is linked by the twinned motifs of sword and song, emphasizing the original centrality of the Anabaptist theme of biblical nonresistance. Even if you never went on a heritage tour, this film will help to bring the stories of Anabaptist leaders to life as you virtually “visit” significant sites in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Switzerland. WATCH A FILM TRAILER.

An offering will be taken at each event. Half of the proceeds will go toward the costs of developing the film and the other half to a local Mennonite heritage centre. This film is co-sponsored by TourMagination and Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania.


14     Sunday, 7:00 p.m.  The Gallery at Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2

15     Saturday, 7:00 p.m., Maple Glen  Mennonite Church, 74 Maple Glen Drive, Grantsville, MD 21536

21     Friday, 7:00 p.m., Mennonite Information Center, 2209 Millstream Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602


2     Tuesday, 7:00 pm, Great Hall, Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd N. Waterloo, ON.

4     Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center  5798 County Road, Millersburg, OH 44654

5     Friday, TIME TBA, Brethren Heritage Center, 428 Wolf Creek St., Brookville, OH 45309

8     Monday, TIME TBA, Michiana Event Center 455 East Farver Street, Shipshewana, IN 46565

14     Sunday, 7:00 p.m. (Premiere) Salford Mennonite Church  480 Groff’s Mill Road, Harleysville, PA 19438

15     Monday,   7:00 p.m., Marion Mennonite Church, 4365 Molly Pitcher Hwy. S., Chambersburg, PA  17202.

21     Sunday, 7:00 p.m., Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Avenue, Harrisonburg,VA 72802

21      Sunday, 6:00 p.m. First Mennonite Church Denver, 430 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204

Der Dutchman, Florida, details TBD

  • 6 years ago, 3:05

    Hello TM.
    I would enjoy attending this screening: 15 Monday, 7:00 p.m., Marion Mennonite Church, Chambersburg.
    Please mark me down to attend.
    Thank you, Debra Green

    • 6 years ago, 2:09

      Thanks Debra, we’ll be glad to see you there!

  • 6 years ago, 8:17

    The Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Association ( is interested in the availability of “Is There a Lesson? European Anabaptist Heritage Documentary with John Ruth” in the Lowville/Croghan area in the near future. Chair of the association is Bernadine Schwartzentruber at 315-376-2792. What are the steps involved in making the arrangements and with whom? Thanks for the follow up.

    • 6 years ago, 2:07

      Rosanna, thanks for your note! I am sending your information to Sandra in our office who will be in touch with you about your questions.

  • 6 years ago, 9:42

    Tremendous. This production of love is certain to be a priceless treasure for myself and many others .May all who come behind us find us faithful… and may this inspire many to keep sharing their “real life stories”.

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