The Power of Forgiveness:
Lessons from Nickel Mines

September 22, 2011

The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College


Using the fifth anniversary of the tragedy at Nickel Mines as a backdrop, this one-day conference will explore the moral dilemmas arising from violence and the potential power of forgiveness for personal healing and the restoration of relationships.

The conference, which is open to the public, will benefit counselors, therapists, pastors, leaders, and others interested in the process and potential of forgiveness. Continuing Education Units are available to attendees.

An evening program, "The Enduring Power of Forgiveness," will follow the conference. Registration is not required for this event; it is free and open to the public.

"The Tragedy at Nickel Mines: A Story of Forgiveness and Reconciliation," an exhibit that chronicles the events surrounding the schoolhouse shooting at Nickel Mines and its subsequent worldwide witness, will accompany the conference. The exhibit opens in September and continues through December 9.


The conference will include an opening address by Donald B. Kraybill, a keynote address by L. Gregory Jones, and concurrent sessions by a number of presenters.

The conference schedule includes times, presentation descriptions, and speaker information.
(The printed conference brochure also contains these details.)


Elizabethtown College is located in northwestern Lancaster County. The interactive campus map shows the location of the Young Center and other facilities on the college campus.

Elizabethtown is approximately 90 minutes from Baltimore, two hours from Philadelphia, three hours from Washington, D.C., and four hours from New York City and Pittsburgh. The College's interactive map allows you to find detailed driving directions by entering in your address.


If you have questions about the conference, please send an e-mail to or call (717) 361-1470.