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Bookmark: Human Rights and Social Justice in a Global Perspective

Posted by in Bookmark, Fall 2015 | 0 comments

“My students wanted to learn more about the social issues facing people in the Global South, why they existed and what was being done to solve them,” said Dr. Susi Mapp, chair of the Department of Social Work. “The success of the first edition of the book demonstrated that there were many other students around the world who were asking the same questions. This edition, which is completely updated, was fun to write because, in many instances, issues had improved—fewer people are dying from AIDS; more children are in school; and awareness of trafficking has increased markedly. However, a great deal of work remains, and it is incumbent on all of us to do our...

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Bookmark: Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers

Posted by in Bookmark, Spring 2015 | 0 comments

Most know him by his sweaters, trolley and puppet pals—the staples of his long-running children’s program. But Fred Rogers also was an ordained Presbyterian minister and quite the radical pacifist. In his new book, Peaceful Neighbor, Michael G. Long, explores the countercultural side of the admired television host who used Mister Rogers Neighborhood as a platform for sharing his beliefs about caring for the earth, for animals, for each other. From the jacket copy: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, it turns out, is far from sappy, sentimental and shallow; it’s a sharp political response to a civil and political society poised to...

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Bookmark: The Pilgrim’s Regress: The Wade Annotated Edition

Posted by in Bookmark, Winter 2015 | 0 comments

C.S. Lewis’ first work of fiction, The Pilgrim’s Regress, is often considered a difficult read. The allegorical novel published in 1933 contains phrases in five languages and other cultural references that aren’t relatable or recognizable to some scholars, let alone the average bibliophile. Once readers get through the obscurity, though, Pilgrim’s Regress is said to be a “witty satire, a vivid account of spiritual dangers and an illuminating tale of pilgrims old and new.” In this new, annotated edition, produced in collaboration with the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton (Illinois) College, Dr. David C. Downing offers an introduction and more than 400 on-page notes that provide the context necessary for readers to fully appreciate and understand the story; he translates quotes, defines obscure words, explains humor, identifies philosophical allusions and draws parallels to Lewis’ later works, including the...

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Bookmark: Renegade Amish

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 Renegade Amish goes behind the scenes of “one of the strangest and most publicized sagas in contemporary Amish history.” On Sept. 6, 2011, six estranged adult children and their spouses showed up at their parents’ house, unexpectedly. Within moments of Mrs. Miller answering the late-night knock, the visitors pulled Mr. Miller out of bed, pinned him to a chair and sheared his hair and beard—leaving his face bloody and razor-burned. The women yanked Mrs. Miller’s prayer cap from her head and shred it and then cut off her waist-long tresses. Four similar beard-cutting attacks followed, and the maverick-Amish community of Bergholz, Ohio, inspired a wave of media coverage and shattered the peace of an otherwise traditionally nonviolent way of life....

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Bookmark: The Campus History Series: Elizabethtown College

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After its establishment in 1899 by one of the Historic Peace Churches, Elizabethtown College has evolved into the fully accredited, four-year, liberal arts institution it is today. With strong roots in the Church of the Brethren, the College has become internationally recognized for its Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, as well as various religious and philosophical perspectives and its commitment to leadership, peace and justice. As members of a college community that prides itself on “Educating for Service,” Benowitz and DePuydt divulge Elizabethtown’s historic past and illustrate the ways in which it has influenced the College’s current atmosphere. “The Campus History Series: Elizabethtown College” is available in February...

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Bookmark: Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on LIfe After Baseball by Michael G. Long

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The world knows Jackie Robinson as the first African-American man to play in Major League Baseball, but there is much more to his legacy. After his athletic career, Robinson continued his quest for social progress through his work as a columnist for the New York Post and the New York Amsterdam News from 1959 to 1968. The writings offer Robinson’s reflections on issues such as civil rights, interracial marriage and the racism of the Boston Red Sox. Editor Michael G. Long, also the editor of “First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson,” brings together an anthology of Robinson’s columns in “Beyond Home Plate”, offering fresh insight into the Robinson’s life and work beyond his career on the baseball diamond. Listen to Michael Long talk about his...

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Winds of the Spirit: A Profile of Anabaptist Churches in the Global South

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Author – Conrad Kanagy, professor of Sociology; Tilahun Beyene, coordinator of International Missions Association; and Richard Showalter, past president of Eastern Mennonite Mission During the course of an intense study of Anabaptist churches of the Global South, conducted by the authors, a surprising discovery was made: These churches share more in common with those of the first three centuries than they do with their contemporary counterparts of the same name in Europe and North America. Containing data from 18,000 church members in 10 countries, the text prompts readers to think about what this trend can teach northern churches. Much more than statistics and data, the book explores the renewal of Anabaptism in Asia, Africa and Latin America and why the faith is growing in some areas while declining in...

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I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters

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Edited by Michael G. Long, associate professor of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies The 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., is an iconic event for millions of people, but few are familiar with the name Bayard Rustin. Rustin was the passionate organizer of one of America’s largest nonviolent protests. A tireless activist and openly gay man, he frequently was silenced, yet he continued to promote equality and empower minority populations of all definitions. Editor Michael Long brings together a collection of letters—written by Rustin—that reflect the activist’s complex life story in the midst of a shifting and controversial period. FFeatured on BBC Radio and in The Advocate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post and myriad local and regional media outlets, “I Must Resist” has generated renewed interest in Bayard Rustin’s life, shining light on...

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