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Juhnke to present "Mirror of the Martyrs" program

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Who are the descendants of Protestant Reformation persecutors and persecuted? Are the stories of 16th century Christian martyrs relevant to believers today? These questions are the focus of the Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12 at Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. Admission is free and open to the public. James Juhnke, retired professor of history at Bethel College, will present "Rightly Remembering a Martyr Heritage," a paper that he wrote for discussion at the Lutheran-Mennonite dialogue planned for Oct. 16 to 19 at Bethel College.

Robert Rhodes, writer for the Mennonite Weekly Review, which is published in Newton, will respond to Juhnke’s Sunday afternoon presentation. Rhodes will reflect on the importance of the 17th century book "Martyrs Mirror" for plain groups today, such as the Hutterites.

The program complements the "Mirror of the Martyrs" exhibition, which was recently installed in the new gallery at the museum. The exhibit is based on the 16th century book "Martyrs Mirror of the Defenseless Christians" by the Dutch Mennonite Thieleman J. van Braght. The book tells the story of Christian martyrs from the time of Christ through the Reformation.

For more information, call Kauffman Museum at (316) 283-1612.

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