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Upcoming events at the Young Center

Aug 22nd, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Located near the Etown College’s Lake Placida, the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies fosters and promotes the study of Anabaptist and Pietist groups.



Remembering 9/11: Flight 93

Thursday, September 8, 7:00 p.m.

Bucher Meetinghouse, Young Center


Panelists will reflect on the significance of 9/11, the crash of Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pa., and the current political climate. Panelists include Mal Fuller, air traffic controller at Pittsburgh Airport that day; Tim Lambert, director of multimedia news at WITF and owner of the land on which Flight 93 crashed; and Oya Ozkanca, associate professor of political science at Elizabethtown College. Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center, and David Kenley, director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, will moderate the discussion. (The Young Center and the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking are cosponsoring this event.)



China Friends: New Discoveries for the Church of the Brethren


Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.

Bucher Meetinghouse, Young Center


Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center and associate professor of religious studies, and David Kenley, director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking and professor of history, discuss their March 2016 research trip to Shanxi Province in China to trace the activities of Brethren missionaries. The two will recount their visits to cities where the Brethren had mission stations (Pingding, Shouyang, Zouquan, and Taiyuan). They will also describe outings to rural villages where Brethren missionaries preached. The presentation will include photos from the trip as well as a few historic images.  The speakers will also share impressions of Shanxi today as people  there face economic challenges while dealing with urban growth.  (The Young Center and the Center for Global Understanding and  Peacemaking are cosponsoring this event.)



Saturday, October 15, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Young Center


During Homecoming the Young Center will host a family-friendly  heritage festival to celebrate the college’s connection to the Church  of the Brethren and the Anabaptist and Pietist movements. Children  can enjoy crafts and games, art projects, old-fashioned bubbles, and  hands-on experiences like making cornhusk dolls. Special features  include a quilting bee and a capella singing. Homemade treats such  as ice cream churned by a bicycle, apple butter on fresh bread, and  popcorn from the historic Reist popcorn wagon will be available.




Mennonite Elites in the Frisian Southwest, 1580 –1850


Thursday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.

Bucher Meetinghouse, Young Center


Almost from the very start of the Mennonite movement, some  members of the Mennonite community in the southwestern part of  Friesland were part of the economic elite. This lecture will show  how, little by little, this economic elite became part of the societal  elite and that, at the end of this process in the early nineteenth century, the Mennonite and Dutch Reformed elite had almost merged. Cor  Trompetter studied philosophy and history at Groningen  University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas,  where his supervisor was Gail Bossenga. Trompetter’s dissertation  was published in 1997 as  Agriculture, Proto-Industry and Menno- nite Entrepreneurship . He has written a number of books on social  and economic history. This fall his latest book,  An Introduction to  the History of Mennonites in Friesland until 1850, will be published. Currently, Trompetter is  Wethouder and deputy mayor of the  county of Weststellingwerf in Friesland.



The Entrepreneurship among the Conservative Laestadian Movement


Thursday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.

Bucher Meetinghouse, Young Center



Conservative Laestadianism is a Lutheran revival movement that emerged in the nineteenth century, inspired by  German pietism. Located mainly in Finland, it is the largest revival  movement in Scandinavia and has some 100,000-120,000 adherents worldwide, with members in 17 countries, including the United  States and some African states. Claiming to be the only true Christians, the Kingdom of God on earth, the group belongs to the Finnish Evangelical-Lutheran Church, and has a strong social, political,  and economic position in Finnish society. Conservative Laestadians  form a strongly normative community, maintaining strict guidelines  for religious issues and for daily life as well. This normative f cus and an elitist self-understanding of religious communality has  caused much dispersion within the movement and various external  struggles in Finnish society at large.  In  her talk, Snowden Fellow Aini Linjakumpu, a lecturer in poli – tics at the University of Lapland and adjunct professor at the University of Tampere, will focus on entrepreneurial activities among  Conservative Laestadians. Such activities are fairly common within  the movement, and the entrepreneurial networks among the members are dense.


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