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Menno Simons Lectures

In 1950, the John P. and Carolina Schrag Kaufman family established the Menno Simons Lectureship Endowment. This fund promotes research and public lectures by recognized scholars relating to Anabaptist-Mennonite history, thought, life and culture, both past and present. In 1997, the family of William E. and Meta Goering Juhnke contributed substantially to the endowment. The Kaufman and Juhnke families had their roots in the Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kan.

2014 Lecture

Featured Speaker

Walter Sawatsky – Going Global with God in the Third Millennium

Walter Sawatsky, Elkhart, Indiana, is professor emeritus of church history and mission at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart. He is a former research scholar with Mennonite Central Committee and edited two journals, Religion in Eastern Europe and Mission Focus: Annual Review. He was coordinator of the 33-volume Russian Bible Commentary translation project (1978–93); a member of the Global Mennonite History Project Organizing Committee (1997–2011); and convener of the conference Mirror on the Globalization of Mennonite Witness, November 2011 at AMBS. Sawatsky has continued to teach periodically since retiring from AMBS in 2012, as well as working on numerous writing projects.)

Schedule

Sunday, October 26
7:00 p.m. Pluralities of Mennonite History – Why Russian Mennonites as Paradigm? Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts Center
Monday, October 27
11:00 a.m. Reconciling Free Churches to Two Millennia of Global Christianity (Convocation) Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts Center
8:00 p.m. After 500 Years – Pressing Issues on Globalization of Mennonite Witness Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts Center
Tuesday, October 28
7:00 p.m. Full-Orbed Integration of Worship, Ethics, Nonviolence and Public Theology for the 21st Century Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts Center

Opportunity for discussion will follow each session.

More information on the lecture can be found in our brochure.

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