Garden Spot Village and Eastern Mennonite Seminary to Explore the Case for Christian Pacifism

February 7, 2012

Six-session course begins Monday March 12; registration deadline February 29.

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Feb. 7, 2012 — Garden Spot Village ALIVE (Active Lifelong Learners in Vital Engagements) and Eastern Mennonite Seminary at Lancaster invite the community to an in-depth course titled “The Case for Christian Pacifism and Peacebuilding.” The six-session class will meet on Mondays from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Mar. 12, 19, 26 and Apr. 2, 9 and 16 on the campus of Garden Spot Village at 433 S. Kinzer Ave. in New Holland.

“Living our faith means following Jesus. This program offers participants a chance to explore exactly what that might mean to them in terms of war and peace—from civilian public service and the Mennonite Central Committee to questions of allegiance and loyalty to the peaceful Amish response to killings,” said Chet Yoder, director of pastoral services at Garden Spot Village.

The instructor for the course will be Rev. Dr. Mark Wenger, director of pastoral studies at Eastern Mennonite Seminary at Lancaster. Wenger, who has more than 18 years of experience as a pastor in Pennsylvania and Virginia, contributes regularly to the “Matters of Faith” column in the Lancaster Sunday News. The course will also feature several guest speakers.

The program will use Choosing Against War: A Christian View—A Love Stronger Than our Fears by John D. Roth as a textbook. Topics will include the importance of “What Would Jesus Do,” philosophical and theological arguments for non-violence and war, a biblical case for peace and non-violence, witnessing for peace with modesty and humility, dilemmas of Christian citizenship and being positive peace witness in America today.

The cost of the program is $25, which includes the textbook. Continuing education units are available through Eastern Mennonite Seminary for an additional fee. Garden Spot Village residents may register for the course at Resident Services. Members of the general public may register by calling 717-355-6159. Please register by Wed., Feb. 29.

Garden Spot Village is home to all faiths and backgrounds. It is affiliated with the Lancaster Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church, the Atlantic Coast Conference of the Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Health Services. The community’s mission is “to enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love.” For more information, visit