Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies Annual Spring Dinner

April 09, 2014

Categories: General News

The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies here at Tabor College is having its annual spring dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m., Saturday May 3 in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center located at 400 South Jefferson, in Hillsboro, Kan.

Our speaker this year is John E. Sharp, author, historian and professor at Hesston College. He will be presenting a speech on “Buggies, Bonnets, and Boundaries: The Amish in a Modern World.”

Sharp was raised in an Amish-Mennonite community, next door to Amish grandparents and dozens of Amish cousins.

Sharp has taught courses on the Amish, Mennonites and related groups for more than 20 years. From 1995-2005, he was the director of the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee and Archives. Since 2005, he has taught history at Hesston College. Sharp is the author of A School on the Prairie: A Centennial History of Hesston College, 1909-2000. He recently finished a biography, Orie O. Miller (1892-1977), Servant Leader to be released in September.

Sharp is married to Michele (Miller) Sharp and they are the parents of three young adult children.

According to CMBS Director Peggy Goertzen, “This will be a unique opportunity to learn about this branch of the Mennonite family, their faith, their culture and their interaction with our world today.”

The event costs $15 per person. For reservations contact Goertzen at (620) 947-3121 ext. 1211 or via email at Scholarships are available for Tabor College students to cover the cost.

Preceding the dinner program will be a local Mennonite history tour from 12:15-5:15 p.m., beginning with a light faspa lunch at the Historic Church, and including various landmark sites in Marion County, including Brunk cemetery, Gnadenau orphanage and village site, Ebenfeld church, Catlin Mennonite cemetery, the Dunkard cemetery, the Peabody train station and prisoner-of war-building, the Peabody silk station site, the so-called Florence Mennonite mass grave marker and the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. The charge for the tour is $28 per person and scholarships are available for Tabor College students.