Manchester University’s Annual Peace Week Opens New Doors

Photo by courtesy of Manchester University

Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind., held its annual Peace Week on April 14-20 with a variety of guest speakers, workshops, worship times, and a concert under the theme “Opening New Doors: Acting for Peace.”

Playwright/actress Kim Schultz highlighted the week with the one-woman musical performance “No Place Called Home,” which lifted up the stories of Iraqi refugees. Local musician Brian Kruschwitz supplied percussion and vocals for the show.

The other spotlight event was a Saturday “Concert on the Lawn” with several student performers and headliners Mutual Kumquat, a band composed mostly of Manchester alumni and known for its message of social justice.

Christian Peacemaker Teams member Cliff Kindy spoke at the campus chapel service and also led an evening discussion on recent violence in Nigeria. Other events during the week included a workshop on “Theater for Social Change” led by Manchester theater professor Jane Frazier; a Yom HaShoah Holocaust remembrance service with leadership from Rabbi Javier Cattapan of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and a Peace Garden service project.

Manchester’s Campus Interfaith Board and Peace Studies Department planned the week, with assistance from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Manchester Theater Society, and the Residence Hall Association.

— Walt Wiltschek is director of Campus Ministry/Religious Life at Manchester University.

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