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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.


Alain Epp Weaver presented "In the Name of Christ: Missiological Reflections on Mennonite Central Committee’s Past, Present, and Future." For the past 10 years, he has directed strategic planning for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), working from Akron, Pa. He previously worked with MCC in the Middle East for 11 years. Epp Weaver is a 1991 graduate of Bethel College and holds a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Chicago and is the author and editor of several books, including Mapping Exile and Return: Palestinian Dispossession and a Political Theology for a Shared Future (Fortress).


Lecture 1

"Constructing Christian Service: Landscapes of MCC"

Lecture 2

"Listening and Waiting: MCC and Shifting Understandings of Christian Service"

Lecture 3

"First to the Household of Faith? MCC, Humanitarianism, and the Church"

Lecture 4

"Accompanying, Connecting, Measuring, Dismantling: Missiologies in Tension within MCC"

List of past speakers (PDF)

Past lectures

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