Summary: How do the Historic Peace Churches, specifically the Mennonite and Church of the Brethren, respond when confronted with the ravages of twentieth-century wars? Re-Envisioning Service, this third volume of ACRS (the Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society) memoirs reporting on The Geography of Our Faith, focuses on service.
The metamorphosis of Mennonites and Church of the Brethren in the second half of the twentieth century-like a monarch butterfly wiggling its way out of its cocoon-should not pass unnoticed. What are we seeing? What are we witnessing?
These sixteen Brethren and Menonnonite memoirs integrating faith, service, and the world of thought lead to new appreciation of transformative yet understated service. Servants seeking little more than to address the suffering of their day return to their cocoons to find they have been changed in ways no longer easily accommodated.
Authors include Bertha Beachy, Emmert F. Bittinger, Earle W. Fike Jr., Margaret Jantzi Foth, Daniel Hertzler, Carl S. Keener, J. Kenneth Kreider, Earl S. Martin, Pat Hostetter Martin, Edgar Metzler, Paul W. Roth, Paul M. Schrock, , Kenneth L. Seitz Jr., H. D. Swartzendruber, R. Jan Thompson, Dale V. Ulrich
"I pray this text will bless generations yet unborn as
these accounts spur them and us to become agents of healing and hope." —Stanley W. Green, Executive
Director, Mennonite Mission Network, in the Foreword
the way, these humble servants came to understand and demonstrate that
service, for followers of Christ, is not simple. . . . Their examples
of leaning in to the needs of the world inspire us. For that we thank
them, and we ask for their blessing and encouragement for the
Anabaptist Christian service callings of the twenty-first
Professor of Biblical Studies, Eastern Mennonite University; Associate
Dean, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, in the Introduction
Memoirs, Autobiography, Biography-Anabaptist, Mennonite;
History-Anabaptist-Mennonite; BISAC: Autobiography; History, Religion.
RTM: 170 Autobiography
The Authors: Ray C. Gingerich, Harrisonburg, Virginia, is Director, Anabaptist Center for Religious Stuides (ACRS) and Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics, Eastern Mennonite University. Pat Hostetter Martin, Harrisonburg, works as a chaplain, providing spiritual care for people in hospitals, prisons and nursing homes. She is also a trained hospice volunteer.
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