Program: `WWI Conscientious Objectors in Their Own Words`
Program: “Expanding the Narrative: Stories of WWI Conscientious Objectors in Their Own Words”
In Mennonite circles we often hear only the experiences of Conscientious Objectors who were from the Historic Peace Churches, and usually filtered through the perspective of an historian. By focusing on the personal writings of the C.O.s themselves, a fresh picture of the plethora of men and the complexities of their varying encounters and decisions may be reached. By broadening our scope to include others outside our own tradition, we may gain a deeper understanding of the important legacy of conscience passed down to us from a century ago.
Anne Yoder, archivist for the Swarthmore College Peace Collection will present on the topic.
Open to the public. Admission by donation.
On the followiing Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Indian Valley Public Library, there will be a related program you might enjoy:
Remembering & Healing from Vietnam: A Discussion Panel on the Vietnam War
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2 pm
In honor of Veterans Day and the PBS documentary "The Vietnam War: A film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick," please join us for a panel discussion of the Vietnam War, the aftermath and its mental and spiritual legacy for those who served, those who conscientiously objected and everyone in between. Panel includes:
- Steve Gunn, retired social worker, psychologist and personal coach. Steve served as a conscientious objector combat medic with the 101st Airborne Division in the last major battle of the Vietnam War, the battle for Fire Support Base Ripcord and is now actively engaged with the international reconciliation efforts of Soldier’s Heart, a nonprofit group dedicated to healing the soul wounds of veterans.
- Joe Landis, founder and former CEO of Peaceful Living (established in 2000) and former executive director of Indian Creek Foundation in Harleysville. Joe served his alternative service as a conscientious objector in West Berlin from July 1967 to July 1969 as an orderly caring for handicapped men who survived Nazi experimentation.
- Dr. Glen Miller, adjunct professor at Temple University Fox School of Business, co-founder of local award-winning Veteran's Community Network and Army Ranger Vietnam veteran.
- Don Yost, former Combat Infantryman and War Correspondent with the U.S. Army’s Americal Division, 11th Infantry Brigade in Vietnam in the area around MyLai from 1968 – 1969, Founding President of the Montgomery County, PA Chapter #349 of the Vietnam Veterans of America veteran’s organization, author of “Blessings: Transforming My Vietnam Experience,” and Senior English Lecturer at Montgomery County Community College.
Mennonite Heritage Center
565 Yoder Rd, Harleysville, 19438, PA, United States