We Bear the Loss Together: A History of the Mennonite Aid Union, by Laureen Harder Gissing
2009. ISBN 978-1-894710-86-2. 115 pages.
"A predecessor of other para-church organizations such as Mennonite Central Committee andMennonite Foundation, the Mennonite Aid Union story is significant in our understanding of Mennonite history. With its formal dissolution in favour of a new Anabaptist Insurance organization Mutual Aid eXchange or MAX, designed to meet the concerns of the new millennium, we can be grateful for this small volume. Careful research and a historian’s eye for a good story has allowed author Laureen Harder to place MAU in the changing social context of its 140 years. I was engaged by the compelling anecdotes describing fires and storms, and the creative and compassionate responses to those affected by the devastation that they wreaked in their wake."
- Lucille Marr, in the Journal of Mennonite Studies
"Organized in 1866, the Mennonite Aid Union (M.A.U.) of Ontario was the first mutual aid society among North American Mennonites. Laureen Harder tells the story of the evolution of this institution in four chronologically arranged chapters. For much of its history the group operated on a stictly reciprocal basis, holding no surplus and, in its early years, collecting no premiums." - Mennonite Quarterly Review