Summary: Here sixteen Mennonite writers, whose lives have had worldwide impact while linked to service at Eastern Mennonite University, map their life journeys across the geography of their lives, thought, and faith perspectives.
ACRS (the Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society) Memoirs volume 1 told of how the twentieth century shaped mostly rural Mennonites. Volume 2 gives readers—including former EMU students—opportunity to explore what they wish they could have known about crucial events and questions in the hearts and minds of these church and college administrators, professors, authors, service workers, internationalists, and change agents.
Authors include John A. Lapp, Lee Snyder, Laban Peachey, George R. Brunk III, Hubert R. Pellman, A. Grace Wenger, Jay B. Landis, Ray E. Horst, Kenton K. Brubaker, James O. Lehman, Omar Eby, Carroll D. Yoder, Vernon E. Jantzi, Catherine R. Mumaw, Elmer S. Miller, Robert Lee
Comment: "This volume offers a remarkable insight into the uniqueness that makes a small denomination like the Mennonites relevant as a ‘free church’ in society, a church that strives to engage our times and culture according to the priorities ofthe kingdom of God, of which we are members.” — From the Foreword by Myron S. Augsburger, President Emeritus, Eastern Mennonite University
"This collection of memoirs represents an enormous gift to the families, colleagues, students, friends, posterity in general. In a profound manner this group of people, in Pauline language, demonstrate what it means to be ‘of one another.'"— From the Introduction by John A. Lapp
"Some stories are boldly told, others with a measure of reticence. Some are scholarly, many informal. There is no one road ‘most traveled’ in these memoirs, no one pattern. . . . Among the riches you can claim in this book are the ways these thinkers dealt with change in the Mennonite church, change in themselves, and change in society." —Katie Funk Wiebe
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: Autobiography; History—Anabaptist, Mennonite, of higher education, of Eastern Mennonite University. BISAC: Autobiography, History, Religion. RTM: 170 Autobiography, 430 History/American; 690 Religion/Ethics.
The Editor: Nancy V. (Burkholder) Lee, Harrisonburg, Virginia, the author of curriculum material and other genre in Mennonite publications and of English education materials for university students and teachers in China and Japan, was also the editor of a publication for the teaching of writing to non-native speakers of English. She has taught at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Ontario, at Goshen College, and at universities in the U.S., Japan, and China. She and her husband, Robert Lee, have served in Japan and China under Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Partners in China. They are the editors of the first volume of ACRS Memoirs.
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