ACRS Service Notes:
- Feb 11, 2012: Dr. Lee M. Yoder, Senior Professor at EMU and former Vice President will become the Interim Head of School and High School Principal of The American School of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, through July 2012. This is a new school in its second year with an enrollment of 170 students in grades K to 10. Having served as the Founding Superintendent of Narmer American College, Cairo, Egypt from 2000-2008, Dr. Yoder will provide his experienced educational leadership skills in service to this new developing school in Vietnam. He goes with the affirmation of the ACRS. Departures: Lee February 15, wife Laverne March 1.
Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society
Who are we?
We are a community of elders with an Anabaptist perspective. We enjoy bringing experience and diversity to bear on problems at the nexus of university, church, and society at large. Many of us are retired or senior EMU faculty. While most of us have financial independence from EMU, ACRS is structurally part of EMU, which gives us standing, responsibility and identity.
We believe the Anabaptist movement and academia need each other and have much to teach each other. We believe that engagement of diverse points of view is fundamental to both.
Questions that drive us
As Anabaptists, we explore the relation between religion and society including changes at EMU, its community, and their relationship.
- How do we engage in interfaith dialogue?
- How does Anabaptism enhance our understanding of and engagement with pluralism? Can pluralism be a positive enforcer of our Anabaptist claims?
- How should our church institutions relate to prophetic voices and change?
- What insights and contributions can we offer in making church organizations and institutions more Anabaptist—more faithful to the way of Jesus?
- How do we hold to some elements of our faith while letting go of others?
- What do we learn from the life stories of church and community leaders?
- How can we be more environmentally responsible to God’s creation?
What do we do?
- interact and move forward with difficult and conflictive theological and social issues, overcoming polarization and avoidance
- share “Monday Morning Stories,” transmitting the heritage to the next generation through the autobiographies of servants, leaders and heroes
- hold forums on current issues of the church, university and community
- sponsor conferences of interest to the Anabaptist constituency
- dialogue in cyber space on selected core questions
- critique and encourage writing/research by members
- mentor scholars, and facilitate research, writing, and publication
- facilitate the work of visiting scholars at EMU, especially Anabaptist research by post-professional or post-doctoral people
- bridge the gaps between academia and community
- serve as a think-tank for EMU administration and faculty
- provide a social and institutional identity—a point of gathering for community and fellowship—for academic colleagues after leaving the classroom at EMU or one of its neighboring academic institutions
How to participate
Call our office at (540) 432-4465 located upstairs in the Brunk House on the campus of EMU. Contact Ray Gingerich, ACRS director, at , cell 540 435-1424, or Vernon Jantzi, ACRS associate director, at and get on our mailing list. See also our event calendar. Check out our publications.
- If you could help international CJP students with their writing assignments, contact Linda Gnagey at (540) 432-4254 or .
- If you could help faculty members or grad students design, focus and clarify their research, contact Ray Gingerich at (540) 434-6876 or .
We’d appreciate your financial support. All contributions, whether large or small, are much appreciated. They are not used for any staff salaries—they enable us to cover monthly operating expenses or make possible one of the many special projects.