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Menno Simons Lectures

The Menno Simons Lectureship endowment fund promotes research and public lectures by recognized scholars relating to Anabaptist-Mennonite history, thought, life and culture, both past and present.

In 1950, the John P. and Carolina Schrag Kaufman family established the Menno Simons Lectureship Endowment. 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.


Jan Kraybill of Kansas City presented "This is Our Story, This is Our Song: The Power of Music in Community." Kraybill serves as organ conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, organist-in-residence at Community of Christ International Headquarters in Independence, Mo., and organist at Village on Antioch Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kan. Throughout her career Kraybill has performed as both a solo and collaborative musician, designed and led international hymn festivals, taught a variety of music workshops, and performed in at least a half a dozen countries on four continents. Among the many ensembles she has been a part of are the GRAMMY-winning Kansas City Chorale and the GRAMMY-nominated Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus.

Lecture 1: "The Sound of Silence"


Lecture 2: "Music and Memory, Meaning, and Mission"

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Past lectures

List of past speakers (PDF)

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