Lecture: The Mennonites of Black Creek

Who were the Mennonites? Why did they come to Canada? Why did they come to Black Creek?
Join our speakers as they present the saga of Mennonites from Russia to Black Creek and the early development of this community. Terrance James is the editor of Stories of Our Founders (2017), a book written to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the United Mennonite Church in Black Creek. John Falk’s Memoirs and More (2016) chronicles the history of the Falk family and the Mennonite Brethren Church in Black Creek.

The first Mennonite family arrived in Black Creek in 1932. The two churches formed the heart of the new community. The newcomers endured the Great Depression, the Sayward Fire, and conscientious objection hardships in WWII. In recent years you may know of their refugee sponsorship, Ten Thousand Villages (formerly the Global Handshake), MCC relief fairs, and Mennonite contributions to valley-wide music programs. Mennonites founded the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, popularized the theory and practice of restorative justice, and modeled cooperative and mutual aid programs.

Terrance James, PhD, is a former special educator and school district administrator. He is author/editor of nine books, including books of local historical interest: Writers & Books: Comox Valley 1865-2015 (with Christine Dickinson), and A History of Aboriginal Education in the Comox Valley. He is President of the Comox Valley Writers Society.

John Falk, BRE, BA, was raised, and has lived most of his life, in Black Creek. He spent 31 years as a teacher in S.D #71 and 7 years with the Campbell River Christian School. He served as pastor of the Mennonite Brethren Church for four years. His second book centered in Black Creek, Crooked Creek Then and Now, is scheduled to be printed in December. In addition he has written 20 short stories for his grandchildren.

The lecture begins at 7:00 pm with doors opening to the public at 6:30 pm.

Admission to the evening is $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for non-members (plus GST). Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased by phone: 250-334-0686 ext. 5.

Copies of the books will be available for purchase from the speakers on a cash only basis.  Memoirs and More $20; Stories of Our Founders $15.