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RE-ENVISIONING SERVICE
The Geography of Our Faith

Edited by Ray Gingerich and Pat Hostetter Martin
ACRS Memoirs Series 4

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

See many additional authors and memoir chapters in the other three volumes in the ACRS Memoirs series.

"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

“Along 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 century.” —Nancy Heisey, Professor of Biblical Studies, Eastern Mennonite University; Associate Dean, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, in the Introduction

Market: Historians, students, pastors, libraries; anyone interested in Mennonite-related memoirs offering readers fresh ways of seeing; alumni, faculty, staff of Eastern Mennonite University.

Shelving: 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.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House LLC
Copublisher: Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society (ACRS)
Publication date: December 2016
Tentative Pages: 404
Format: 6 x 9" trade paper with notes, index, author photos
Prices: $25.95 US/Can. ISBN 13: 978-1-68027-005-1; ISBN 10: 1-68027-005-2