2018: Zürich, Switzerland

The next commission meeting will be at the BWA’s Annual Gathering, July 2-6, 2018, in Zürich, Switzerland. 

Among other topics, we will explore our Anabaptist heritage through paper presentations and tours of historic sites in and around the city. Tour opportunities include the following:

Tour to Anabaptist Cave

On Sunday July 1st, there will be an opportunity to join a special tour to the Anabaptist Cave, just one hour outside Zürich, for a unique worship experience. This is the cave where Anabaptist hid during times of persecution. Comfortable shoes are recommended since the cave is a 15-minute walk from the parking lot on a small hiking trail. The tour has an additional fee of $35.00 and pre-registration is required by June 1, 2018. Space is limited to 50 people. Please register by downloading the form or indicating your interest while you are registering online for the Annual Gathering. If you are already registered for the 3-day Pre-Gathering Three-Day Tour, there is no need to register again because this tour portion of the tour is already included.

Zürich Walking Tour

During the Annual Gathering there will be two opportunities to join a two-hour Walking Tour of Zürich to explore major sites of the Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland. The tours are being offered on Wednesday and Friday starting at 4:30 pm. The tours have an additional fee of $25.00 and pre-registration is required by June 1, 2018. Please register by downloading the form or indicating your interest while you are registering online for the Annual Gathering. Choose either day for your tour, pack your walking shoes, and prepare for a wonderful time of fellowship as we learn together.

Pre-Gathering Reformation Three-Day Tour

Come join the three-day adventure as we explore several Swiss Reformation and Anabaptist sites. Leaving from Zürich each morning, we will visit Constance, the place where Wycliffe was declared a heretic and Jan Hus was executed. We will climb to the Anabaptist Cave, high above Zürich, where brothers and sisters gathered during persecution to worship. We will also visit old Zürich, Zwingli’s birthplace, and the earliest Anabaptist sites. We will also take in other scenic villages, and the breathtaking Rhine Falls. This trip is a marvelous journey! Cost: $200 for the three day-trips from Zurich. No overnight included. Download a flyer for more information about the tour.

Post-Gathering Reformation Three-Day Tour

Extend your Zürich stay for three more days to experience more wonderful Swiss Reformation and Anabaptist sites. We will trace the steps of Zwingli, his Cathedral at Einsiedeln, and Kappel, the battlefield site of his death. We will explore Lucerne, overnight in the beautiful city of Berne. We will travel to Basel, where Erasmus is buried, and Calvin’s Institutes was first written, and end our tour in Geneva, home of Calvin’s legacy, and the marvelous Reformation museum. Cost: $300 for two day-trips from Zürich and an overnight in Berne. You may choose to fly home from Geneva. Download a flyer for more information about the tour.

For more information about the Annual Gathering, visit the BWA website. You can also contact the commission chair or tour leader for more information.