Following Jesus, Living Out Peace

A series of events promoting past and contemporary peacemaking as an aspect of living as disciples of Jesus.

March 9 – Beating Guns book tour stop

Neffsville Mennonite Church, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Shane Claiborne, Mike Martin, and friends are stopping in Lancaster on the first day of a twenty-city Beating Guns Tour to promote their new book, Beating Guns: Hope for a people who are weary of violence. This event will feature a live transformation of a gun into a garden tool. The events will also feature speakers, music, and stories. https://www.beatingguns.com/

Free tickets are available here. A free will offering will be taken to offset costs.

Free printable poster

April 15 – The Peaceable Kingdom: An evening of storytelling

Akron Mennonite Church, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

What does it mean to live out peace in the way of Jesus today? Come hear from storytellers whose identity as a disciple of Christ has shaped their response in times of conflict/crisis.

May 5 – Yellow Bellies: a production of Theatre of the Beat

Lancaster Mennonite School Fine Arts Center, 6:30 – 8:30

Yellow Bellies is a historical drama that highlights the experiences and public response to Mennonite Conscientious Objectors during WWII. This episodic tale takes audiences across Canada, featuring verbatim interviews, fictionalized scenes, and live music from an often overlooked chapter in Canadian history. A talkback will include a local historian to draw parallels between the experiences of Canadian and U.S. Conscientious Objectors.  

June 9 – Peace Witness, the Military, and Selective Service – Exploring the Anabaptist Peace Stance in the 21st Century

Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

This event will equip youth, parents, youth leaders, and educators with information on the current realities of U.S. military enlistment practices and trends and  the selective service system, and will help the community articulate what it means to follow Jesus’ lead as a Peace Church in today’s world.