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Brethren, slavery and Hutterite colonies subject of February talks at Elizabethtown College's Young Center

Center director, E-town grad featured speakers

Young Center lecturesThough the Brethren were strong opponents of slave holding, with some even paying to free slaves, a few rare individuals kept slaves. Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Pietist and Anabaptist Studies at Elizabethtown College, explores these cases of slaveholding as he speaks on "The Unchristian Slave Trade: Brethren and Slavery," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Center's Bucher Meetinghouse.

The free lecture will examine slavery-related tensions among Brethren, especially in the period just prior to the Civil War.

Bach, director of the Young Center and associate professor of religious studies at Elizabethtown College, is author of Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata and co-author of Genius of the Transcendent: Mystical Writings of Jakob Boehme.

Ryan Long

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Bucher Meetinghouse, E-town College graduate Ryan Long will discuss the challenges facing Hutterite colonies during World War I. In his free lecture, "Communal Peace during World War I," the 2011 religious studies graduate will talk about how the Hutterites used war events to strengthen their identity and reconnect to their history. These actions secured their future as a separate communal society in North America.

Contact: the Young Center at 717-361-1470 or


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