Gerald Shenk

 Gerald Shenk

AddressEastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA

Professor, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Eastern Mennonite University

1975, Eastern Mennonite University,
1977, M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary,

Gerald Shenk studied in California, Chicago and Eastern Europe, with a focus on religion and conflict in society. Since moving to Virginia in 1989, he has frequently returned to the Balkans for peace and theological education efforts. In a cover article for “Christianity Today” (December 2000), he reviewed 100 years of Nobel Peace Prizes, finding much unsung work by Christian activists often remaining behind the scenes. His research includes generosity, social transformation, Christian peacemaking and the dramas of religious pluralism. His 2003 sabbatical in Jerusalem focused on civic dimensions of inter-faith encounters. A recent journey to Iran brought him into contact with top theological and political leaders there. Gerald was the founding board president of the Roberta Webb Child Care Center in Harrisonburg (est. 1994). Now he chairs the board for People Helping People, a downtown crisis ministry of churches in Harrisonburg. He is also involved with a team guiding the emerging congregation called The Table in Harrisonburg.

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