Schrag Lectures

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Schrag Lectures 2021

Due to COVID-19, the Schrag Lectures are looking a bit different this year!

The Virtual Anabaptist Book Festival will highlight recently published books by Anabaptist authors on a variety of topics: biblical pacifism, antiracist activism, Christian hope and more.

Each Festival session will be held as a Zoom Webinar, and will feature a conversation with the author as well as a Q&A time with the audience.

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Festival Schedule

"Who Will Be a Witness?"

A Conversation with Drew G. I. Hart

Monday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. EST

Dr. Drew Hart will discuss his work as a public theologian and social activist, and will discuss his latest book, “Who Will Be a Witness?: Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance” (Herald Press, 2020). Buy the book here.

"Echoing Hope"

A Conversation with Kurt Willems

Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. EST

Pastor Kurt Willems will discuss his new book “Echoing Hope: How the Humanity of Jesus Redeems Our Pain” (WaterBrook, 2021). Buy the book here.

"If Jesus is Lord"

A Conversation with Ronald J. Sider

Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. EST

Dr. Ron Sider will discuss his recent book, “If Jesus is Lord: Loving Our Enemies in an Age of Violence” (Baker, 2019), and reflect on his long career as a prolific writer, teacher, speaker and founding president of Christians for Social Action. Buy the book here.

About the Speakers

Dr. Drew G. I. Hart is assistant professor of theology at Messiah University. He is also an activist, speaker, and writer with experience in pastoral ministry. His first book, "Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism," was published by Herald Press in 2016. Hart holds a master of divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary and a PhD from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Kurt Willems is a pastor, Brethren in Christ church planter, and writer. He is also the host of the Theology Curator podcast. He has a master of divinity degree from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and a master of arts in comparative religion from the University of Washington. He and his wife, Lauren, have two daughters and reside in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Ronald J. Sider is distinguished professor emeritus of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University (St. Davids, PA) and the founder and president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action (now Christians for Social Action). Born and raised in the Brethren in Christ Church, Sider is a widely known evangelical speaker and writer who has spoken on six continents and published more than forty books and scores of articles.