Keeney Peace Lecture


John E. Sharp

John E. Sharp

Father to reflect on the life of his son, the peacebuilder  

John E. Sharp will present “Changing the World One Life at a Time: The MJ Sharp Story” at 11 a.m. on March 26 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Sharp will reflect on the life of his son MJ Sharp who died in his prime as a peacebuilder in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On March 12, 2017, while on a mission to investigate the sources of violence in the Kasai Central Province, MJ and a UN colleague were abducted and murdered for unknown reasons. In his Keeney Peace Lecture, John Sharp will speak as a parent, asking what it means to love enemies and to leave vengeance to God.

John E. Sharp recently retired from teaching history and Bible at Hesston College and now writes, speaks and leads tours for TourMagination to Western Europe, Poland and Central Asia.

Bluffton’s Keeney Peace Lectureship was established in 1978 by the family of William Sr. and Kathryn Keeney to express appreciation for Bluffton’s influence and to strengthen the continuing peace witness among the community.