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Messiah College’s Sider Institute hosts public lectures on peacemaking and Anabaptism

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The Rev. Daniel Buttry
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Keith A. Graber Miller, Ph.D.
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GRANTHAM, Pa. (Jan. 12, 2006) — Messiah College will host the Sider Institute’s Peace Lectures and the Schrag  Lectures— annual lecture series on peace making and Anabaptism—on February 7 and 9 on the college’s Grantham campus. Both lecture series are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Messiah College’s Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies, this year’s Peace Lectures will feature Daniel Buttry and the Schrag Lectures will feature Keith Graber Miller. For more information, contact The Sider Institute at (717) 796-5235.

Annual Peace Lecture: Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Alexander Auditorium (Frey Hall, room 110), “A Shadow over Holy Ground.”

The 2006 Annual Peace Lecturer is the Rev. Daniel Buttry, a Global Service Missionary for Peace and Justice with American Baptist International Ministries.  Buttry earned a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  For many years he co-pastored First Baptist Church in Dearborn, Mich., and previously served as director of the Peace Program, National Ministries, and American Baptist Churches U.S.A.  Buttry has authored numerous books, including “Christian Peacemaking: From Heritage to Hope” and “Peace Ministry: A Handbook for Local Churches.”           

Annual Schrag Lecture: Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., Alexander Auditorium (Frey Hall, room 110), "From Plows to Professions: Godly Passions, Christian Discipleship and Creative Subversion”

The 2006 Annual Schrag Lecturer is Keith A. Graber Miller, the department chair and professor of Bible, religion and philosophy at Goshen College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Franklin College, an M.Div. from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and a Ph.D. from Emory University. At Goshen, Miller teaches in the areas of Christian ethics, moral philosophy, Christian theology, Christian history, sociology of religion, American religious history, religion and politics and human sexuality.

Miller has authored numerous book chapters and journal articles on topics such as worship, teaching the Bible and Mennonite higher education, including “Wise as Serpents, and Innocent as Doves: American Mennonites Engage Washington.”

About the Schrag Lectures
The Schrag Lectures are named in honor of Martin Schrag, emeritus professor of church history, and Dorothy Schrag, assistant professor emerita of music. Both taught for many years at Messiah College and were active in the Brethren in Christ Church. The lectures focus on historic Anabaptism and its forms and contributions in recent times.

About the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies
Named in honor of Messiah College Professor Emeritus E. Morris Sider and his wife Leone; the Sider Institute encourages scholarly research and interpretive activities that advance the understanding of Anabaptism, Pietism and Wesleyanism. These are the three theological roots of Messiah College and its founding denomination, the Brethren in Christ Church.

About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 60 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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