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Initiatives for Students

The Sider Institute regularly provides enrichment opportunities for students at Messiah College. Many of these programs are run out of the Peace and Conflict Studies initiative. Others are run directly from the Institute.

Young Historians Symposium

In cooperation with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, the Institute sponsors an annual Young Historians Symposium, drawing together historians conducting research on one of the Historic Peace Church traditions (Mennonite, Church of the Brethren, Brethren in Christ, Religious Society of Friends/Quakers) for a time of professional development and fellowship.

This year’s symposium will take place on Monday, October 27, at the Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church.

Click here for more information or contact siderinstitute@messiah.edu

Wittlinger Chapel Series

Held each fall, this chapel series – sponsored by the Institute and named in honor of Dr. Carlton O. Wittlinger, a Messiah College faculty member and historian of the Brethren in Christ tradition – introduces first-year students to biblical themes central to the Brethren in Christ Church, the founding denomination of Messiah College.

The chapel series focuses on three key themes: peace, holiness and reconciliation. Each talk is given by a member of the Messiah College Community of Educators.

Click on the link to the left for more information.

Wittlinger Scholars Program 

Also named in honor of Dr. Wittlinger, this annual scholarship program provides advanced undergraduate students at Messiah College with funding to support research in Anabaptist, Pietist, Wesleyan or Brethren in Christ studies.

Also named in honor of Dr. Wittlinger, this annual scholarship program provides advanced undergraduate students at Messiah College with funding to support research in Anabaptist, Pietist, Wesleyan or Brethren in Christ studies.

For more information, click on the link to the left.

Information on Initiatives for Students