Kraybill speaks on Amish forgiveness

Has studied the after-affects of the Nickel Mines shooting

January 24, 2011 | Web First
Jennifer Konkle | Conrad Grebel University College
Waterloo, Ont.
Donald Kraybill

Donald Kraybill, Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Pa., will give the 2011 Sawatsky Lecture at Conrad Grebel University College on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

In his address, entitled “Forgiveness in the face of tragedy: Amish grace at Nickel Mines,” Kraybill will tell the tragic story, describe the unique features of Amish forgiveness, and explore the meaning and relevance of Christian forgiveness in a contentious world.  He has studied this heartbreaking event The 2006 shooting of 10 girls—five fatally—in an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa.

As co-author of Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, Kraybill has received numerous awards, including the National Religious Book Award for The Upside Down Kingdom. He has authored or co-authored numerous books on Amish life, including The Riddle of Amish Culture.

He will also present “A Coat of Many Colors: The Anabaptists of North America,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Young Center at Elizabethtown College.  Based on another recent book, Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites, Kraybill’s lecture gives a sweeping overview of contemporary Anabaptist churches in 17 North American countries. The expansive snapshot covers 200 Anabaptist groups with a total adult membership of 809,000. Copies of Concise Encyclopedia will be available for sale and signing after the lecture.

For more information on Young Center events check the events webpage or call 717-361-1470.

An internationally recognized scholarly research institute, the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College conducts and promotes research about Anabaptism and Pietism and interprets the life, faith and culture of Anabaptists and Pietists through public lectures, exhibits and conferences.

For more information about the Young Center, please visit

--Jan. 24, 2011

Donald Kraybill

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