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Lecture Series: Discipleship in a World Full of Nazis

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Henderson Mennonite Heritage Museum and Park has been hosting The Voices of Conscience traveling exhibit highlighting stories of pacifists during World War I. In conjunction with this exhibit, Henderson’s Bethesda Mennonite Church will be hosting a lecture series titled Discipleship in a World Full of Nazis: Re-framing Bonhoeffer’s Life of Faithfulness and Resistance.  

Mark Thiessen Nation (photo from EMU website)

This lecture series which runs September 13 through 15, will be led by Mark Thiessen Nation Ph.D. professor emeritus and co-author of the book, Bonhoeffer the Assassin? As a Christian pacifist scholar, Mark Thiessen Nation, will speak of alleged misconceptions about Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s role in the assassination plot against Hitler. The weekend lecture series is free of charge and will be held at Bethesda Mennonite Church, with its schedule as follows:

Friday, September 13 at 7:00 PM: Toward Retrieving the True Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Executed for Being a Pacifist and Enemy of the State.   

Saturday, September 14 at 3:30 PM: We Should Not Balk Here at Using the Word Pacifism: Bonhoeffer’s Revolutionary Protest Against Violence. 

Saturday, September 14 at 4:45 PM: Only He Who Cries Out for the Jews May Sing Gregorian Chants: Bonhoeffer, the Church and Public Faithfulness.  This will be followed with a meal at 6:00 PM and then a panel discussion of all three lectures at 7:00 PM.

Sunday, September 15 at 9:30 AM: Sermon…Let the Eagle Soar, Let the Fiery Stallion Gallop: Summoned by Evangelical Address, Living by the Word of God.  

Sunday, September 15 at 10:40 AM: Discussion What Does This Mean for Us?

All lectures will be held at Bethesda Mennonite Church, 930 16th Street in Henderson, Nebraska.  Everyone is welcome to come and experience these enlightening lectures.  

The final day for viewing the World War I The Voices of Conscience traveling exhibit will be during the park’s annual Heritage Day on Saturday, September 14, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  There will be a wide array of ethnic foods, demonstrations and activities for young and old. Also, there is no admission to the park that day. The park will continue to be open until 4:00 PM for the final viewing of the exhibit.

Henderson Mennonite Heritage Museum and Park is located at 720 Road B, just one mile south of Henderson’s I-80 exit #342. For more information about the lecture series or traveling exhibit, please call 402.723.5694 or 402.723.4252 or visit the Henderson Heritage Park Facebook page, website www.hendersonheritage.org.  These events are made possible by the financial support of Humanities Nebraska and the York County Visitors Bureau.  

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