2016-17 Events

For our upcoming 2016-17 academic school year, ACRS program planning committee anticipates another year of programs that will continue to stimulate and inform. Our goal is to present:

  • A series of stories on pivotal experiences which altered directions or generated significant change in the Mennonite Church.
  • Each story is told from the perspective of an individual whose vision and creativity provide a context for reflection.

When and where

ACRS breakfast regular gatherings occur the second Monday of each month from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the West Dining Room, Northlawn, EMU. Below are the upcoming dates for the 2016-17 academic year:

We will keep you informed of this fall’s schedule once speakers are confirmed. Mark your calendar. These are the fall and spring dates:

Sept 12, 2016

Speaker, Dr. Verne Schirch on the topic: European origins of a progressive Mennonite family, our ancestors who immigrated after 1850. Stories of Schürch, Stähli, Rich, Shelly, Gut and Brun families in Europe: How our ancestors became progressive Mennonites. Verne Schirch is a retired professor of biochemistry who spent 15 years at Bluffton University and 26 years at the Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth University. Moved to Harrisonburg with his wife Carol in 2004.

Oct 10, 2016

Speaker, Dr. Frances Flannery on the topic ‘Apocalyptic Terrorism’ based on her recent book, Understanding Apocalyptic Terrorism: Countering the Radical Mindset (Routledge, 2015). Dr. Flannery, director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace (CISTP)Professor of Religion, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion James Madison University.

Nov 14, 2016
Dec 12, 2016
Jan 9, 2017
Feb 13, 2017
Mar 13, 2017

Speaker, Marcus Yoder, Ph.D., Executive Director, Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center, Berlin, Ohio

Apr 10, 2017
May 8, 2017

Speaker, Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D., is senior fellow at the Young Center of Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa. Currently, Don is compiling the history of Eastern Mennonite University for its 100th anniversary in 2017.