Recent Young Center presentations are available on YouTube. Click on a title to view the recording.
Thursday, April 13, 2021
The Young Center and The Bowers Writers House welcome poet Fred Marchant for an evening celebrating William Stafford (1914-1993), a Library of Congress Poet Laureate with significant ties to the Church of the Brethren. Marchant and Jesse Waters, director of the Bowers Writers House, discuss Stafford’s life and legacy and read some of his poems. Young Center Interim Director Steve Nolt review the World War II context in which Stafford declared his conscientious objection to war and the Civilian Public Service program in which he served for four years.
Fred Marchant is the author of several books of poetry, including his most recent, Said Not Said (Graywolf, 2017), which was named an Honored Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards. He is the editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford (Graywolf, 2008) and Professor Emeritus of English at Suffolk University in Boston.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
The church has always contended that matters of killing must be subject to theological ethics. Though many traditions have not rejected all use of deadly force, all have made judgments on when, how, and by whom this can be done. One of the tools within US foreign policy is the selling or giving of weapons and related systems. This practice is used to strengthen diplomatic relations, further national interests, and bring economic benefit to the US arms industry. This lecture describes how this process is seen within the strategic planning of Washington, challenges underlying assumptions, and argues that such transfers cannot be separated from war-making and must be subject to ethical reasoning.
Nathan Hosler is director of the Church of the Brethren's Office of Peacebuilding and Policy based in Washington, DC, and a pastor at the Washington City Church of the Brethren. He holds a PhD in theological studies focusing on peacebuilding.
KREIDER AND SNOWDEN LECTURES
Responding with Compassion to the Crisis in Northeastern Nigeria
Thursday, March 4, 2021 • 7:00 pm
Kreider Fellow Samuel Dali and Snowden Fellow Rebecca Dali share stories of pain and hope from the Boko Haram crisis and the church’s response. Samuel Dali provides an update on the situation of the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria/Church of the Brethren in Nigeria in the context of ongoing violence in northeastern Nigeria and reflects on the church’s constructive engagement around sociopolitical, economic, and environmental issues that contribute to the possibility of peace in the region. Rebecca Dali reviews the recent humanitarian work of the Centre for Caring, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives and discusses the suffering and resilience of women in situations of war and related trauma as refugees and internally displaced persons.
Samuel Dali led Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria during the years of greatest insurgency violence in northeastern Nigeria. He works at peacebuilding and advocacy with ecumenical, interfaith, and political entities in northeastern Nigeria. Rebecca Dali is the founder and executive director of the Centre for Caring, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives.
*** Due to the sensitive nature of some of the stories that are shared, the link to the video of this event is not being posted publicly. Please contact the Young Center at email@example.com if you would like access to the recording. ***
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Jonathan Strom explores how the desire of German Pietists to determine “true conversion” distorted the understanding of conversion experiences and worked at cross purposes to the spirituality Pietists hoped to instill.
Strom is senior associate dean of faculty and academic affairs and professor of church history at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. His recent book, German Pietism and the Problem of Conversion (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018), received the 2019 Dale W. Brown Book Award.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
An interview with Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, author of the new book The Lives of Amish Women (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020), on her research and findings, which grew out of 35 years of fieldwork.
Johnson-Weiner is distinguished service professor emerita at State University of New York-Potsdam, the author of Train Up a Child: Old Order Amish and Mennonite Schools and New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State, and a coauthor of The Amish.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
A talk by Andrew Kloes, recipient of the Dale W. Brown Book Award for The German Awakening: Protestant Renewal After the Enlightenment, 1815-1848 (Oxford University Press, 2019). Historians of modern German culture and church history use “the Awakening movement” to describe a period in the history of German Protestantism between the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the Revolution of 1848. Theologically, awakened Protestants affirmed religious beliefs that Protestants had professed since the Reformation; however, they were also distinctly modern. Their efforts to spread their religious beliefs were successful because of the new political freedoms and economic opportunities that the Enlightenment had introduced. Adapting Protestantism to modern society in these ways was the most original and innovative aspect of the Awakening movement.
Kloes is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has contributed articles on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European religious history to academic journals, including the Harvard Theological Review and Pietismus und Neuzeit. He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh and works as a historian in Washington, DC.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 • 7:00 pm
A presentation by Elizabethtown College senior Caitlin Rossiter on the acquisition, research, and digitization of the Cunningham Papers, a collection of letters, documents, and photographs recently acquired by the Young Center. The documents tell the story of Lloyd and Ellen Cunningham, Brethren missionaries who served in China, the Philippines, and India, and who were imprisoned by the Japanese Imperial Army from 1941 to 1945.
Rossiter is completing a double major in history and French and a minor in religious studies. She plans to attend graduate school for public history or museum studies.