Stories from the Peaceable Kingdom
What does it mean to live out peace in the way of Jesus today? Join us at 7 pm on Monday, April 15, at Akron Mennonite Church to hear stories from the peaceable kingdom. A panel of storytellers will share how their identities as disciples of Christ have shaped their responses in times of conflict or crisis. Listen and learn from Gerry Keener, Nancy Heisey, Ed Martin, and Tala Bautista.
Gerry Keener has sought to live out a life of reconciliation through his life commitment to Christian ministry. He was profoundly shaped while serving as hospital administrator in South Vietnam up until the end of the American war. During nineteen years as pastor of Seventh Avenue Mennonite Church and executive director of Heartsease Home in New York City, cross cultural and cross ethnic relationships developed in him a respect for all peoples along with practical ways of dealing with daily conflicts. He served more than twelve years with Eastern Mennonite Missions in Vietnam as an international school administrator and in church leadership development with the Vietnam Mennonite Church. He currently serves as president of Eastern Mennonite Missions in Salunga, Pennsylvania.
Nancy Heisey, who has taught biblical studies and church history for twenty years at Eastern Mennonite University, currently serves part-time as associate dean at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Her life is shaped by a childhood among the Navajo people with Brethren in Christ missionary parents. She also learned much from her years as a secondary school teacher under Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and by the two years she traveled with her husband Paul Longacre visiting Mennonite partners and friends around the world from 1987-1989. She served as president of Mennonite World Conference from 2003-2009.
Ed Martin served six years as director of the Center for Interfaith Engagement at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Previously, he worked five years in Nepal and eighteen years as the Central and Southern Asia Area Program Director for MCC. He also worked as Quaker International Affairs Representative for Iran for the American Friends Service Committee. It was during these years, that he developed an interest in Islam and in interfaith dialogue. Engagements with Iran have included collaboration with the Iranian Red Crescent Society on disaster and refugee relief, assisting in arranging meetings of American religious leaders with the president of Iran, and co-leading learning tours to Iran.
Tala Bautista is a proud member of the Kalinga First Nation and a peacebuilding missionary. For a decade she has worked with indigenous communities across the Philippines seeking to bridge faith-inspired peace frameworks with indigenous cultures and traditions. For the past eight years, Bautista has been a part of Peacebuilders Community Inc., a Mennonite missionary community motivated by nonviolence, love, and spirituality to transform land and people into communities committed to justice and peace. Her work includes economic regeneration through coffee, social enterprise, community-based capacity building on peace, and development of the School of Living Traditions.
This event is part of “Following Jesus, Living Out Peace,” a series of events promoting past and contemporary peacemaking as an aspect of living as disciples of Jesus. The series is a partnership between the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Atlantic Coast Conference, Eastern Mennonite Missions, Lancaster Mennonite School, Landis Communities, and Mennonite Central Committee.