From Nonresistance to Justice: The Transformation of Mennonite Church Peace Rhetoric, 1908-2008by Ervin R. Stutzman
The more things change, the more they stay the same. From Nonresistance to Justice explores how this is true when it comes to teaching about peace for the former Mennonite Church, now part of Mennonite Church USA. Has the church changed in regard to its beliefs and practices about peace over the past 100 years? Yes. Has it remained the same? Yes. Reading/i>
The more things change, the more they stay the same. From Nonresistance to Justice explores how this is true when it comes to teaching about peace for the former Mennonite Church, now part of Mennonite Church USA. Has the church changed in regard to its beliefs and practices about peace over the past 100 years? Yes. Has it remained the same? Yes. Reading this book will show that both are true.
Through the book, Ervin Stutzman shows how the church moved from an emphasis on nonresistance and nonconformity to engage in advocacy for peace and justice. At the same time, he presses for a greater emphasis on the way that God’s activity must guide our work in the world, arguing for a stronger link between God’s grace, justice, and peace.
Volume 46 in the Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History Series.
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Ervin Stutzman is interested in rhetoric both as a communication process and as a churchly process of discernment. In this fine study he examines the rhetoric of a century of peace writing; his close reading deals with dozens of official church documents as well as the massive volume of published writing. He adds to the church's self-understanding and highlights sensitive communication as essential to being the body of Christ. (John A. Lapp, former executive director, Mennonite Central Committee)
Meet the Author
Ervin R. Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. He came to this role after having served for nearly a decade as vice president for Eastern Mennonite University and dean and professor of church ministries at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
Before coming to Eastern Mennonite Seminary, he served the Mennonite Church in the roles of pastor, district overseer and conference moderator. From 2001-2003 he served as moderator for Mennonite Church USA.
Ervin received his PhD from Temple University and holds masters' degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Eastern Mennonite Seminary. His bachelor's degree was granted by Cincinnati Christian University.
Ervin was born into an Amish home as a twin in Kalona, Iowa. After his father's death a few years later, his mother moved the family to her home community in Hutchinson, Kansas. Ervin was baptized in the Center Amish Mennonite Church near Partridge, Kansas. Later, he joined the Yoder Mennonite Church, near Yoder, Kansas.
Ervin is married to Bonita Haldeman of Manheim, Pennsylvania. Together they served for five years with Rosedale Mennonite Missions in Cincinnati, Ohio, part of that time in voluntary service. While there, Ervin served as co-pastor of Mennonite Christian Assembly. In 1982, he moved with his young family to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to serve with Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions. He also served for a short time as pastor of Mount Joy Mennonite Church, before his 1984 ordination as bishop of the Landisville District. He served as moderator of Lancaster Mennonite Conference from 1991-2000, when he moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to serve in his present roles.
Ervin is a preacher, a teacher and a writer. His publications include Being God's People, a study for new believers; Creating Communities of the Kingdom (co-authored with David Shenk); Welcome!, a book encouraging the church to welcome new members; Tobias of the Amish, a story of his father's life and community; and Emma, A Widow Among the Amish, the story of his widowed mother.
Ervin enjoys doing woodworking projects in partnership with his wife Bonita. They have three adult children, Emma, Daniel, and Benjamin.
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