October is Theological Libraries Month! In October to celebrate Theological Libraries Month, Miller Library of Cornerstone University will host a series of lectures and collection of artwork on Christian martyrdom. Christian Martyrdom Then and Now: A Lecture and Art Series will showcase both historical and contemporary accounts of Christian martyrdom and discuss its implications for North American Christians today. Here are some of the events scheduled at Miller Library throughout October.
Throughout October – The Artwork of Jeffrey Hakes
Jeffrey Hakes is a self-taught artist currently involved in humanitarian work together with his wife in the Middle East. His twelve paintings on display at Miller Library are oil on canvas works depicting a variety of martyrdom accounts. With these paintings as large as seven feet square, they powerfully testify the price paid by these individuals for their faith. The library instruction room on the second floor will be open all month with additional pieces of his work.
October 6, 3:00 PM – Tibebe Eshete
Tibebe Eshete (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Assistant Professor of History at Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. A scholar in African history, Dr. Eshete has presented and written on the Christian church in Ethiopia, including persecution the Ethiopian church experienced during the communist era of 1974-1990.
October 26, 3:00 PM – Jeff Bach
Jeff Bach (Ph.D., Duke University) is Director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Bach and the Young Center recently hosted a major study conference, “Martyrs Mirror: Reflections across Time,” focusing on the Anabaptist martyrology, the Martyrs Mirror.