Hutterian History

The Hutterite community seeks to maintain a society within its geographical territory that provides the best possible conditions for the social and religious development of its members. The important forces directing life are not individual success, high standards of living, or popular fashions, but a firm quest for maintaining a simple lifestyle that its members believe reflects God's will for them. The values and attitudes adopted by the Hutterite communities are deeply rooted in their historical experience and interpretations of the Bible, and consciously in their cultural heritage which is also pervasively religious.

The Hutterites originated in 1528 in Moravia as a branch of the Anabaptists. They were named for Jacob Hutter, who was their leader from 1533 until 1536 when he was burned at the stake. Since coming to North America from Eastern Europe in the late 1800's, the Hutterites have established more than 300 colonies in the United States and Canada. More than 80 are located in Manitoba.

Hutterites believe in the common ownership of goods (Acts 2:44-47). They do not believe in war or violence. They are farmers who live in Bruderhofs (colonies) of about 100 people. The colony members lead simple lives. They meet daily for worship. A preacher and a Wirt (boss) head each colony.