2018 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Seven students participated in the 2018  C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on March 23. Each speaker applied the Christian peace position to a contemporary concern in a short speech (8-10 min): 4:35–Kyle Good, Food as Conscientious Objection, junior, English & Peacebuilding and Development major 11:47–Amanda Williams, Mother Earth’s Plea for Her Prodigal Children to....

“Speak out for Peace!” – Student Voices

Hear portions of student-prepared speeches highlighting many forms of peace as part of the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. The full speeches can be heard TONIGHT – Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in Martin Chapel (Seminary Building). Fabiana Espinal “Creativity as a Path to Healing and Connection” Kyle Good “Food as Conscientious Objection”....

“In Defense of Life”

Hear from a volunteer “Peace Team” member visiting Harrisonburg today. Their shared work is the celebration and defense of life and all that’s beautiful – addressing the stuff of decolonization, our grappling with white supremacy and patriarchy, our journey together with regards to race, gender, and many other constructions and expressions tied to our identities.....

Advent Hymn Sing – Matthew Hunsberger

Matthew Hunsberger takes us on a musical journey through the weeks of advent and Christmas in a single University Chapel.  Other participants include Brian Martin Burkholder (candle lighter); Elizabeth Resto and Anali Martin (readers); David Berry (piano); Sara Halteman (violin); and Katie Derstine, Ranene Schrock, Selah Shenk, and Jessica Hostetler (women’s vocal quartet).

2017 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Seven students participated in the 2017  C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on March 24. Each speaker applied the Christian peace position to a contemporary concern in a short speech (8-10 min): 4:00–Molly White, Ruth’s Activism: Christianity, Identity, and Justice, senior Peacebuilding and Development major from Louisville, KY 13:58–Diego Barahona, Toda la sobra de lo....

Voices for Peace & Women’s Choir

Hear the Women’s Choir and portions of student prepared speeches highlighting many forms of peace as part of the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. The full speeches can be heard TONIGHT – Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in Martin Chapel (Seminary Building). Diego Barahona “Toda la sobra de lo que se llevaron”....

“A Genealogy of Ideas” –Catherine Barnes and Lisa Schirch

Catherine Barnes and Lisa Schirch first met as students at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Their peacebuilding careers have since intersected in higher education and in the field. Part of their work has involved providing leadership and support for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), which....

2016 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Seven students participated in the 2016  C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on March 18. Each speaker applied the Christian peace position to a contemporary concern in a short speech (8-10 min): 2:55–Stephanie Toth, Humans and Technology, senior Digital Media major from Youngstown OH 13:28–Elisabeth Wilder, Make Change, Not Hashtags, junior Social Work major from....

“Speaking for Peace” – C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Sampler

Hear students speaking for peace  in preparation for the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest to be held Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. Hannah Chappell-Dick – “Beyond Fight or Flight: Becoming Mennonite in an Adrenaline-soaked World” Bethany Chupp – “Standing at the Door” Ethan Herman – “Active Pacifism and Using Conflict as a....

“How to be a Peace Community in a fear-bombarded society?” – Dann Pantoja

Philippians 4:6-7 Dann and Joji Pantoja, peace building missionaries commissioned by Peace Mennonite Church and administered through Mennonite Church Canada, are are assigned to the Philippines to lead a team of Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Specialists called PeaceBuilders Community.