For events in the Bucher Meetinghouse, use “450 Campus Road, Elizabethtown, PA” in your navigation app. Although not an actual physical address, it will place you close to the entrance of the Young Center parking lot. Then use the building’s main entrance—beside the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies sign—to access the meetinghouse.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 • 6:00 pm • Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall
The annual Young Center dinner gives faculty, staff, students, church leaders, and other friends of the Young Center the opportunity to socialize and learn about the Center’s activities and programs.
A reception for Durnbaugh Lecturer Curtis R. Berry will be held at 5:30; the dinner will begin at 6:00. Cost for the dinner is $20 and reservations are required by April 4. Register online or by mailing a check (payable to Elizabethtown College) to Young Center, Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Questions? Call the Young Center at 717-361-1470.
Parking is available at the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 S. Mt. Joy Street. Enter the parking lot from Cedar Street.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 • 7:00 pm • Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall
Anabaptists and Secular Politics: Reflections on the Shifting Paradigm over Seven Decades
During the 49 years since his baptism into the Mennonite Church, Berry has closely followed changes in American politics and its impact on American Christians. He will consider these developments, including the effect of single-issue voting or the influence of talk radio and cable news, and will reflect on how social and political changes have impacted contemporary Anabaptists, perhaps resulting in the church losing some of its ability to be salt of the earth, as described in Matthew 5:13.
Curtis R. Berry is professor emeritus of political science at Shippensburg University, where he taught for 32 years. Berry was a founding board member of Work Team Partners, Inc. and has served on the boards of directors of Eastern Mennonite University, the Mennonite Publishing Network, and Menno-Haven Retirement Communities in Chambersburg, Pa. During his professional career he was active in the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties local and statewide organizations. .
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 • 10:00 am to noon • Bucher Meetinghouse
This panel discussion explores how Anabaptists should assess political issues and opportunities; the connections between local, national, and international policy choices; and the ways in which Anabaptist values might motivate authentic engagement and principled dissent. Panelists also consider how Anabaptists can talk across lines of political difference, including within their own churches.
Panel members include Curtis Berry, professor emeritus of political science at Shippensburg University; Nathan Hosler, the director of the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Peacebuilding and Policy based in Washington, DC, and a pastor of the Washington City Church of the Brethren; Heather Wolf, an experienced political campaign advisor and mentor with the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, and active in Lititz (PA) Church of the Brethren; and Nathan Zook, a professor of political science at Montgomery College, Rockville (MD) Campus, and the pastor of Hampden Mennonite Church, a congregation in Baltimore affiliated with Keystone Mennonite Fellowship.
Thursday, July 26 through Saturday, July 29, 2023
SEVENTH BRETHREN WORLD ASSEMBLY
Brethren Faithfulness: Priorities in Perspective
Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA, July 26, 27, and 28; Germantown, PA, July 29
The international gathering, drawing participants from all bodies stemming from the 1708 Schwarzenau Brethren movement, will include a keynote address by theologian Dale Stoffer, plenary presentations on Brethren in eighteenth-century Europe and America and in nineteenth-century America, and panel discussions on Brethren ordinances, Brethren hymn singing, a celebration of 100 years of Brethren in Nigeria, and more.
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