(Lancaster) -- Mennonites and other Anabaptists from around the globe will gather in Dauphin County a year from now.
It will be the first Mennonite World Conference Assembly ever to be held in the commonwealth.
The gathering, which is held every six years, is slated to take place in Harrisburg in July 2015.
The last time it was held in the United States was in Kansas in 1978. The 2009 assembly was held in Paraguay.
The conference includes the Mennonite Church, the Mennonite Brethren Church, and the Brethren in Christ Church.
Conference general secretary Cesar Garcia says he hopes 8,000 or more people from 50 to 70 countries will attend the gathering at the farm show complex.
He says it will offer "a very good window into the Anabaptist world.''
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