Bridgewater College to Hold Symposium on ‘Anabaptist Nonresistance in Age of Terror’

Bridgewater (Va.) College’s Forum for Brethren Studies and the Kline-Bowman Institute for Creative Peace-building will host a 2017 symposium, “Anabaptist Non-Resistance in the Age of Terror.”

“It’s not too early to mark your 2017 calendars for this consideration of hard questions about the traditional Anabaptist position of nonviolence and opposition to military action, even as the 21st Century is marked by mass shootings and terrorist activities,” said an announcement.

On Thursday, March 16, the symposium will open with a panel discussion during an evening convocation; on Friday, March 17, morning and afternoon presentations will be offered.

The line-up of speakers will include:

— Elizabeth Ferris, Georgetown University, on refugee security

— Robert Johansen, Kroc Center emeritus, University of Notre Dame, Ind., on policing instead of military force

— Donald Kraybill, Young Center emeritus, Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, on Nickle Mines shooting and personal non-resistance

— Andrew Loomis, US Department of State, violence prevention

— Musa Mambula, Bethany Theological Seminary and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria)

— Andy Murray, Baker Institute emeritus, Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa.

The evening convocation is free. Registration for the Friday event, including lunch, is $20. Walk-ups will be accepted but advance registration is appreciated. Registration details will be forthcoming. For more information, contact Robert Andersen at or Steve Longenecker at



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