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Perspectives on the Twenty-First Century: Challenges for the Church of the Brethren

September 12 @ 7:30 pm - September 13 @ 8:30 am

The Forum for Brethren Studies at Bridgewater College will sponsor a symposium, “Perspectives on the Twenty-First Century: Challenges for the Church of the Brethren,” on September 12 and 13, at Bridgewater College. The symposium opens on Thursday evening, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall with a keynote address from American intellectual and religious historian, David Hollinger, author of nine books, most recently, Christianity’s American Fate: How Religion Became More Conservative and Society More Secular.  He will speak on the topic of Christian nationalism. The symposium will continue on Friday in the Boitnott Room from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with a Q and A session with Dr. Hollinger followed by papers by sociologist, Carl Bowman,  historians Denise Kettering-Lane and Sheila Elwardani, and Peace Studies scholar Margaret Elwell. The session will close with a panel discussion, “Exit Interviews: Conversations with Individuals who Left the Church of the Brethren,” chaired by Frank Ramirez.  Panelists include Eric Brubaker, Jim Hardenbrook, Sam Funkhouser, and Scott Suter.  More details will follow closer to the event.  For current questions, contact Carol Scheppard,


September 12 @ 7:30 pm
September 13 @ 8:30 am
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