As you may remember from No football. Campus tradition rooted in peace-making, I’ve been working on a Theology of the Church paper exploring how Elizabethtown College, founded to keep youth within the Church of the Brethren, fared in teaching denominational doctrine and way of life.Â In the earlier post, I shared how no football embodied the Church of the Brethren way of life.Â How well did peacemaking extend beyond no football, particularlyÂ in the face of 20th century military engagements?Â How well has your campus worked out the purposes of its founders.Â Â How about ideals which were/are countercultural (possibly even culturemaking)?Â Any stories to share?
World War II Indicates Future Direction
The pop quiz which opens Elizabethtown College: The First Hundred Years includes the question, â€œ’Because of its pacifist heritage, very few Elizabethtown students joined the armed services during World War Two.â€™ (False. See page 43)â€ (Downing, 1).Â On page 43 one finds a tribute to the 135 Alumni and Former Students in the Service which appeared in the 1944 Etonian. Two receive stars indicating that they had been killed in action as of January 1, 1944. The opposing page features a tribute consisting of a flag, the pictures of the three servicemen, and the text â€œWe salute these OUR BOYS.”
Earlier in Elizabethtown College: The First Hundred Years, the article Pacifists and Patriots emphasizes the studentâ€™s split opinion as World War II approached, with many having the desire to choose for themselves (Downing, 37). Williamson draws attention to the results of a poll which ran on the front page of the October 19, 1939, issue of The Etownian: [Read more…] about PeaceMaking Falls in the Face of Military Conflict