Take a broader look at the conscientious objector experience at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, at Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church, 1865 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, Pa. Anne Yoder, peace collection archivist at Swarthmore College, will share from her work collecting the accounts of conscientious objectors. She expands the narrative to include nonreligious views in our understanding of conscience in WWI.
Beth Hostetler Mark, librarian emeritus at Messiah College, will present the E. J. Swalm story. Swalm was drafted by the Canadian military but refused to enlist and was imprisoned. He was later paroled through the intervention of Samuel F. Coffman and other Mennonite leaders. He became a minister and bishop with the Brethren in Christ Church and was well known for his active support of the peace position.
This event is in conjuncture with the exhibit, “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” which remembers the stories of people of faith who opposed the war. The exhibit examines key questions such as: Who speaks for peace in times of war? What am I willing to fight for? Is paying for war participating in war? and Who are the voices of conscience today?
The exhibit will be held in the Crossings Meeting Room at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Rd, Lititz, Pa. Entrance is via the main entrance of the new Calvin G. and Janet C. High Learning and Wellness Center at Landis Homes from August 19 to September 26. It is open from 2 to 7 p.m. daily, with other hours by appointment. There will be an opening reception at 2 p.m. on August 19.