2014-15 Events

Your 2014-15 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 gatherings occur the second Monday of each month from 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. in the West Dining Room, Northlawn, EMU. Here are the upcoming dates for the 2014-15 academic year:

December 8, 2014

Speaker, Lisa Schirch

“Navigating the Path to Peace in the Pentagon”

Lisa Schirch is director of Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. connects policymakers with global civil society networks, facilitates civil-military dialogue and provides a conflict prevention and peacebuilding lens on current policy issues. She is also a Research Professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, and a US liaison at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.

There are new initiatives at the Pentagon to support training for the military in how to engage with civilians. She asks: Can an institution created to wage war play any role in peace? What are the dangers and dilemmas? Lisa will lay out her vision for the role of the military in supporting peacebuilding.

A special note: since the EMU West Dining Room is also being used as a classroom this semester, the ACRS Breakfast will begin promptly at 7:30 AM and will dismiss at 8:45.

Looking Ahead:

January 12 – Speaker, Evan Knappenberger,
“Twistifyin’ and Testifyin’: Newfangled Mennonite Conflict”

February 9 – Speakers, Pat Hostetter Martin & Roy Hange

March 9 – Speaker, Nancy Heisey

April 13 – Speaker, Vernon Jantzi

Check the web calendar for more info on speakers and ACRS events.

About the planning committee

2014-15 ACRS program planning committee members are Margaret Foth, Vernon Jantzi and Terry Burkhalter. Suggestions are always welcome and if you are aware of persons who should be invited and included on the ACRS email list, please forward that information to: burkhalt@emu.edu