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Search conference addresses strengths and weaknesses of Goshen College SST

10.15. 2018 Written By: Siana Emery

Photo: Participants at the SST Search Conference listen during a discussion. Photo by Richard Aguirre. September 12, 1968, marked the inception of Goshen (Indiana) College’s Study-Service Trimester (now Study-Service Term, or SST), with the first units embarking for Costa Rica, Guadeloupe and Jamaica. Almost exactly 50 years later, 32 faculty, staff and students met Sept. […]

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Southeast Conference votes to leave MC USA

10.15. 2018 Written By: Sheldon C. Good

Photo: Luz y Vida worship team leads worship at the Southeast Conference assembly. Photo by Alma Perez Ovalle. Following a three-year discernment process, delegates of Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA have voted for the conference to leave the denomination. Southeast Conference’s seven-member Leadership Board brought the proposal to leave MC USA to the […]

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Retreat explores climate change and ministry

10.8. 2018 Written By: Carol Rose, Doug Kaufman and Jennifer Schrock

Photo: Pastors struggle to coordinate their movements in an exercise designed to model the way a complex system like the earth’s climate functions. Amy Huser, sustainability and outdoor education director at Camp Friedenswald, introduced the challenge. Photo provided by Jennifer Schrock. The first in a series of retreats for pastors exploring the intersections of climate change […]

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Mennonite higher education enrollments mixed for fall 2018

10.8. 2018 Written By: Rachel McMaster, Hesston College

A joint release of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Indiana), Bethel College (North Newton, Kansas), Bluffton (Ohio) University; Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Virginia), Goshen (Indiana) College, and Hesston (Kansas) College Following a year of increased enrollments and positive future outlooks, five of the six Mennonite colleges, universities and seminaries faced overall enrollment dips this fall. […]

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Dr. Jane Wood shines a light on Christian higher education during Bluffton University inauguration

10.8. 2018 Written By: Tricia Bell

During her inaugural address on Sept. 28, as Bluffton (Ohio) University’s 10th president, Dr. Jane Wood pondered a fact that many people in Yoder Recital Hall may not have realized. Many of this year’s incoming freshmen, the class of 2022, were born in the year 2000. They have lived in a century and a world that […]

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Winning speech explores injustice of plastic use

10.1. 2018 Written By: Rachel Bergen, Mennonite Central Committee

Sarah Balzer, a social work major at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, won the 2018 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest administered by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Balzer’s speech, “Environmental Inequalities in the Age of Plastic,” drew on the biblical concept of shalom, or a holistic peace, which, she says, “cannot be achieved […]

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Gulf States names new conference minister

10.1. 2018 Written By: Sheldon C. Good

The Gulf States Mennonite Conference Executive Committee has announced Jeff Landis as the next conference minister. Landis began the part-time role on Aug. 1. A task force consisting of Carol Roth, Mike Clymer, Milli Floyd and Horace McMillon worked to determine what responsibilities the conference minister position should include. Gulf States had been operating without […]

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