|Brooke Strayer in action|
Today I attended a presentation on the Brethren in Christ peace tradition. The speaker was Brooke Strayer, a Messiah College senior who double-majored in History and Peace and Conflict Studies. (I also got the privilege of being her academic adviser, although I did not advise this project). Her lecture was the culmination of a year-long project on the way that the Brethren in Christ Church has largely abandoned what was once a very strong commitment to pacifism, non-resistance, and non-violence. I could go on, but I think I will just direct you to my Twitter stream: #strayerpeace. I have posted my Storified tweets below.. You can also get a synopsis of the event at Devin Manzullo-Thomas's Brethren in Christ blog, The Search for Piety and Obedience.
Brooke did the Messiah College History Department proud today. Her presentation was characterized by poise, a mastery of her subject, solid historical thinking, and much conviction. It was a perfect blend of two of Brooke's passions: history and peace studies. Nice work.