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
  • Oct 10, 2016
  • Nov 14, 2016
  • Dec 12, 2016
  • Jan 9, 2017
  • Feb 13, 2017
  • Mar 13, 2017
  • Apr 10, 2017
  • May 8, 2017

Past Events in 2015-2016 you may have missed.

You can always request a CD of a program you missed for $5 through Terry Burkhalter, .

  • May 9, 2016 – Annual Meeting Special speaker/resource person;
    Dave Myers, Department of Homeland Security/FEMA David Myers

This was the last ACRS Breakfast of the ‘15-’16 academic year that featured David L. Myers, Director of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, on the topic, “Reflections on the Anabaptist vision as a force for change within or outside of the government.”
Following David Myers’ presentation along with a Q&A session was the Annual Meeting.

  • April 11, 2016 – Kevin King: Director of Mennonite Disaster Service & Johann Zimmermann: JZ Engineering, Structural Engineering & Sustainability Consulting.

Kevin King Kevin King Johann Zimmerman Johann Zimmerman

MDS builds bridges!
Presenters Kevin King, Executive Director of MDS, and Johann Zimmerman, a local engineer, told stories of how MDS brings people together in times of disaster.

“Bridges may span streams of water as well as cultural, economic and faith divides.”

  • March 14, 2016 – Harvey Yoder and Vernon Jantzi, Another ‘do-not-miss’ ACRS breakfast. Harvey Yoder and Vernon Jantzi presented on the theme: “Reversing Babel: Celebrating Diversity while Promoting “Community” in the Church”.
    Harvey Yoder Harvey Yoder and Vernon Jantzi  Vernon Jantzi
  • February 8, 2016 Janice M. Jenner

Women’s peacebuilding leadership program for Africa and South Pacific. What is the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program which has brought cohorts of women from countries in Africa and the South Pacific to EMU for the past four years?

Jan Jenner was the founder and first director of this innovative answer to the worldwide underuse of women’s knowledge and skills in preventing, transforming and healing conflict. Come to the ACRS breakfast, February 8, 7:30 a.m. Jan’s story of this visionary peacebuilding program was extraordinary.

  • January 11, 2016Can Harrisonburg Become a Restorative Justice City? Presenters: Carl Stauffer, professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, and Kurt Boshart, lieutenant in the Harrisonburg Police Department.
    Carl Stauffer Carl Stauffer & Kurt Boshart Kurt Boshart
    Carl and Kurt are implementing a collaborative Restorative Justice program of the Harrisonburg Police Department, Commonwealth Attorney’s office, Juvenile and adult justice, JMU, EMU, the Fairfield Center, local chapter of the NAACP, and the City School system. Can this transform the way an entire city implements justice?

Do Anabaptist leaders lead with Anabaptist values?Dr Jim Smucker

  • November 9, 2015, Round Table Speakers: Dr Shirley Showalter, Past President, Goshen College; Dr Lee Snyder, Past President, Bluffton University & former Dean at EMU; & Dr Loren Swartzendruber, Current EMU President:, They reflected from their current and recent visions on the theme, “The Future in Higher Education

Shirley Showalter Lee Snyder LeeSnyder

Loren Swartzendruber Loren Swartzendruber

  • October 12, 2015, Speaker Dr Ken J. Nafziger, Professor of Music:
    Ken looked at how our hymns influence and reflect our changing theology. Ken J Nafziger Melodie Davis, MennoMedia, posted this on their Mennobytes blog. You will find this very interesting and the posting also reflects Dr Nafziger’s reflections October, 12, 2015. Click Here
  • September 14, 2015, Speaker Dr. Ervie Glick, Professor Emeritus of German & English:

Ervie titled his talk: PAX Romana i Anabaptista: Friede auf Erden
Ervie reflected on his own pivotal experiences in PAX, a program which altered directions and/or generated significant change in the Mennonite Church. Dr. Ervie Glick’s interest in German blossomed during his Post-War Service in Europe with the PAX Program of Mennonite Central Committee. Ervie talked about growing up in North Dakota, the influences of his family, his education, serving in PAX, and how his life was deeply influenced by church, family, travel, language, education and the many persons who touch his life.

About the monthly breakfast planning committee

2015-16 ACRS program planning committee members are Margaret Foth, Vernon Jantzi and Terry Burkhalter. As we look toward the fall and winter programs (2016-2017), 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