Witness Colloquium:
Seeking Refuge and Pursuing Justice

Explore faith in the public sphere

Witness Colloquium at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is open to all community members interested in exploring faith in the public sphere in an Anabaptist perspective. This one-credit course is cross-listed in the seminary's programs for Church and Ministry as well as History, Theology and Ethics. The course includes skill-building sessions that are free and open to the broader community, which are listed below.

Public sessions

April 26 — Sustaining Your Peacemaking

Join us for a conversation with Juana Ruiz, an Afro-Colombian lay leader and peacebuilder from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, whose social process received the 2016 National Peace Prize in Colombia. We will discuss: What sustains engagement amid adversity?

Juana is a part of a group of women in Mampuján who began weaving their collective narratives and histories into traditional tapestries, including the experience of the forced displacement of their community by the paramilitaries in 2000, the forced displacement and enslavement of their ancestors, and their process of social healing.

May 3 — Active Bystander Training

If you're in a larger crowd, you are less likely to receive aid and assistance, which is called the ‘bystander effect.’ You're invited to this open workshop that prepares ‘ordinary’ people to take action in response to incidents of interpersonal or systemic racism.

May 10 — Rapid Response Network Consultation

You're invited to this open consultation with representatives from the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia on the Sanctuary in the Streets Raid Response initiative. We aim to further conversations on a rapid response effort locally.

Past public sessions

  • Feb. 15: People's History Tour of Elkhart
  • Feb. 22: Power Mapping
  • March 1: Sanctuary and Safe Spaces
  • April 12: Advocacy


Course sessions take place on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. All public sessions include an option for further practice or conversation from 1 to 1:30 p.m.


Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Lambright Center, Room H
3003 Benham Ave
Elkhart, IN 46517

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Janna Hunter-Bowman,
assistant professor of peace studies and Christian social ethics
574-296-6257 phone

Jason Shenk,
co-instructor for Witness Colloquium
Email Jason Shenk
574-238-8317 phone

To receive weekly updates on opportunities for skill-building, email Jason.