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The Mennonite Church: Theological History, Pacifism, And Restorative Justice, Kristin S. Lombardi Jan 2010

The Mennonite Church: Theological History, Pacifism, And Restorative Justice, Kristin S. Lombardi

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Restorative justice” is an increasingly common idea used internationally today. Many of the modern movement’s founders and key participants hail from the Mennonite faith tradition. This is not coincidental; from its inception, Mennonite theology and ideology have pointed in the direction of peace and reconciliation within communities, values which almost perfectly mirror the priorities of the restorative justice movement. This paper delves into the annals of Mennonite history, exploring the origins of Anabaptism, of which Mennonites are a branch. It unfolds catalytic events and foundational theology which guided the revolutionary group of Christians in sixteenth-century Europe’s religious turmoil ...


Mennonites In Pennsylvania Prison Ministry And Reform, Kristin Lombardi Jan 2010

Mennonites In Pennsylvania Prison Ministry And Reform, Kristin Lombardi

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

The purpose of this research was to explore Mennonite involvement in prison ministry and reform in Pennsylvania. Historically, Mennonites have emphasized church-state separation, creating their own organizations for social change rather than becoming involved in existing government institutions. This is true with hospitals, schools, and ministries around the globe. But very little research exists on Mennonite involvement in the United States prison system. Based on the other aforementioned areas, it seems logical to assume Mennonites are not active in politically reforming correctional facilities; but they would minister to prisoners and their families, seeking whole and healthy communities. Is that assumption ...


Amish Shunning: A Ritual Of Purity And Shame, Amos Stoltzfus Jan 2003

Amish Shunning: A Ritual Of Purity And Shame, Amos Stoltzfus

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Sociological theory and practice of shunning in the Amish community

Senior Thesis, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Messiah College, 2003.