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Author to Discuss ‘Amish Grace’ at Susquehanna

Published on October 4, 2011

Donald Kraybill, co-author of “Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy,” will present a lecture Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Susquehanna University’s Weber Chapel Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Kraybill, a professor of sociology and religious studies at Elizabethtown College, is recognized internationally for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups. “Amish Grace” explores the demonstration of grace and forgiveness in the Amish community after the 2006 Nickel Mines school killings in Lancaster County. He will relate his experiences writing about the tragedy and discuss the Lifetime Movie Network production “Amish Grace,” a fictionalized account of the event.

Kraybill’s research on Anabaptist groups has been featured in journals, magazines and newspapers, and on radio and television programs across the United States and in many foreign countries. He has served as a consultant for a number of projects related to Amish and other Anabaptist groups. The National Endowment for the Humanities and numerous private foundations have supported his research projects. Kraybill is the series editor of Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Kraybill received his Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University. He served as chair of the sociology and social work department at Elizabethtown College and directed the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. He has also served as provost of Messiah College.

Kraybill’s lecture is part of “Living Simple, Living Plain,” a series of events organized by The Read Across the Valley Committee, a cooperative of 14 Susquehanna Valley libraries. Kraybill’s is the final lecture in the series.


Karen M. Jones


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