The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College does great work. Their conferences and events bring to campus well-respected historians, theologians, and other scholars from around the world, and they are internationally recognized for their leadership in Amish studies.
That’s why I was honored when Jeff Bach, the Center’s director, invited me to speak at the Young Center this spring.
My lecture, “Born-Again Brethren: Religious Identity in an Age of Evangelicalism,” will draw on the research from my master’s thesis in exploring how cultural and religious forces affected the identity of the Brethren in Christ Church in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Here’s a synopsis:
Beginning in the mid-twentieth century, the Brethren in Christ Church transformed from a small, separatist religious society into a growing mainstream evangelical denomination. Central to this transformation was the church’s increasing investment in the larger American neo-evangelical movement. This lecture will examine the ways Brethren in Christ members ratified or resisted the claims of the neo-evangelical movement in an effort to construct a new identity for their denomination.
If you’re in the central PA area, I’d love to see you at the lecture!