MCC Storytellers to Visit Campus

Eastern Mennonite University will welcome two Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) storytellers to campus in February to speak in chapels and classes on mission and service.

Walter Ceballos

Walter Ceballos
Walter Ceballos will speak on campus during EMU’s Mission and Service Days Feb. 13 and 14.

A leader of the Mennonite Church in Armenia, Walter Ceballos surfaced as an important community and peace ministries leader after the 1998 Columbian earthquake, during which he helped organized rebuilding efforts for thousands of homeless citizens.

He now focuses on overcoming trauma with victims of Colombia’s armed conflict as part of the national Coalition for Managing and Overcoming Trauma as well as with Justapaz, the justice and peace ministry of the Colombian Mennonite Church.

Ceballos will be speaking during EMU’s Mission and Service Days on Monday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in the Common Grounds coffeehouse and on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 9:30 a.m. during chapel at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

Cynthia Peacock

Cynthia Peacock
Cynthia Peacock, shown here speaking at an MCC staff retreat in India, will speak at EMS chapel on Feb. 16.

Community members and students will also hear stories from Cynthia Peacock, who will be concluding a 38-year career with Mennonite Central Committee India in May of 2006.

Peacock began working with MCC Kolkata in January of 1968 and since then has served as country director, supervisor of various women’s empowerment projects, and as a board member of Extending the Table, a project of the publishing branch of the Mennonite Church.

Beyond her work in MCC, Peacock has long been involved with the Mennonite churches of India and has acted as president of the All India Mennonite Women