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From Nonresistance to Justice: The Transformation of Mennonite Church Peace Rhetoric, 1908-2008
     

From Nonresistance to Justice: The Transformation of Mennonite Church Peace Rhetoric, 1908-2008

by 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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836195088
Publisher:
MennoMedia
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are Saying About This

John Lapp
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 )
Ted Koontz
From Nonresistance to Justice goes beyond previous studies of Mennonite peace theology in at least four ways. First, it deals with issues that have arisen since other works were written. Second, through its focus on "rhetoric," it suggests that language matters in shaping Mennonite life. Third, while not ignoring the writings of scholars, it emphasizes 1) official statements that trace shifts in church bodies and 2) views from church periodicals, attending to a wide range of voices. Finally, it makes a powerful and much needed case for incorporating an emphasis on grace as central to an authentic peace theology. It is a book well worth reading, and pondering.--(Ted Koontz, professor of ethics and peace studies, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary)
Gerald Mast
Ervin Stutzman is especially well equipped to tell this story, both because of his academic background and because of his leadership in the Mennonite church. He helps us to understand how the church responded to changing social and political settings in North America with imaginative restatements of its commitment to nonviolence and peace, and helps us see how church leaders re-envisioned the form of the church's peace witness." --(Gerald Mast, series editor, Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History )
Ervin Stutzman
At a time when religious life is changing rapidly, we do well to step back and look at the adaptations the church has made in response to the pressures of modernism in the last century. A study of history can serve as a thoughtful guide to a faithful future.--(Ervin Stutzman)
John A. Lapp

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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