Annual Dunker Church Service will be 47th held at Antietam




The interior of the Dunker Church at the Antietam Civil War battlefield
Courtesy of Audrey Hollenberg-Duffey

The interior of the Dunker Church at the Antietam Civil War battlefield

by Audrey Hollenberg-Duffey

The 47th Annual Dunker Church Service will be held in the restored Dunker Church at the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. This service will take place on the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, and commemorates the peace witness of the Brethren during the Civil War.

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Nick Patler, from Staunton, Va., will bring the message titled “Escaping the Civil War: The Brethren-Mennonite Underground Railroad in Rockingham County, Virginia.” He has received masters degrees from both Harvard University Extension School and Bethany Theological Seminary, and has served as an adjunct professor for both Elizabeth City State University and West Virginia State University. He is published on topics relating to African-American history, war and nonviolence, and politics.

The Annual Dunker Church Service is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic District and is open to the public. For more information, call Eddie Edmonds at 304-267-4135; Audrey Hollenberg-Duffe at 301-733-3565, or Ed Poling at 301-766-9005.

-- Audrey Hollenberg-Duffey is co-pastor of Hagerstown (Md.) Church of the Brethren.

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