Canadian leader responds to interest in Anabaptism

MC Canada’s director makes ecumenical and interfaith connections

WINNIPEG, Man. — A growing awareness of Anabaptism is increasing interest in Mennonite Church Canada, and Willard Metzger is happy to respond. “I hear so many people tell me that they have found a spiritual...

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Music conference to celebrate the environment

WATERLOO, Ont. — Conrad Grebel University College is well into preparations for the third in a series of music festival-conferences June 5-8. “Sound in the Land 2014: Music and the Environment (Discovering...

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Prison theater project reveals ‘freedom behind bars’

Students and inmates share a restorative experience

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College student Emily Simpson’s time in prison taught her more than she’d imagined. It might not be what you think. Simpson, nine other Bethel students and their professor,...

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Directors carry on a 100-year theater tradition

BLUFFTON, Ohio — A Bluffton University tradition with events dating back a century, May Day weekend includes a Maypole dance by first-year students and is capped by baccalaureate services and commencement. The...

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Director helps students be part of something bigger

One woman’s passion shapes theater program

ROSEDALE, Ohio — Every year at Rosedale Bible College, the stage in the chapel undergoes a transformation, students wander about practicing lines and examining their motivation, and Christa J. Wolf works her...

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Students explore musical interests within community

Challenge and support combine for achievement

HARRISONBURG, Va. — A music student at Eastern Mennonite University might: Sing a classical aria in a voice lesson on Monday mornings; Rehearse works by Mozart and Bono in Chamber Singers on Wednesday...

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Music connects three generations of alumnae

HESSTON, Kan. — Rebecca Eichelberger’s journey to Hess­ton College started in 1949 when her great-grandfather saw the importance of a Mennonite education for his own daughter, Rebecca’s grandmother Leona...

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Women’s choir celebrates a decade of world music

Choir welcomes audience participation, bare feet

GOSHEN, Ind. — The first things Kate Friesen noticed about the Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir were their colorful scarves and bare feet. “But their sound was different, too,” said Friesen, a...

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Music groups take to the road for spring break

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Tabor College continues to send its students across the U.S. to share music with communities during spring break. The Concert Choir has been performing a spring tour since the 1950s. For the...

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Class uses stage to shine a spotlight on social issues

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — In The Real Thing: a Play, Czechoslovakian producer and writer Tom Stoppard wrote, “Words are sacred. . . . If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a...

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Concert series comes to life with composer’s dying work

FRESNO, Calif. — Think of the Masterworks concert series at Fresno Pacific University as a building project, resulting in a musical masterpiece rather than an architectural one. The blueprint: Mozart’s...

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Traditions drive Amish survival

Growth is biological; conformity is expected

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Why have the Amish survived? Cory Anderson says it boils down to one word: babies. Anderson, a member of a Beachy Amish Mennonite church and a doctoral candidate in rural sociology at Ohio...

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