Tag Archives: Conscientious Objectors

WACs sorting army mail in France in 1945

Letters To (and From) Bethel: A Baptist Conscientious Objector

From late 1943 through the end of World War II, junior college dean Emery Johnson and other Bethel staff regularly wrote letters of greeting and encouragement to former Bethel students and the sons and daughters of Swedish Baptist General Conference churches serving in the military. Dozens wrote back, most to request copies of the denominational magazine, […]

CPS workers at Mennonite Central Committee camp in Puerto Rico

Christians at War: A Peace Witness

The ease with which Bethel and its denomination embraced the war effort from 1941-1945 suggests that any interwar dalliance with pacifism had shallow roots. That comes into starker relief when you look at the history of an actual “peace church” and its colleges. Writing a history of Mennonite education in 1925, John Ellsworth Hartzler (president of the […]