Colleges begin establishing fall semester plans

Jun 15, 2020 by

U.S. Mennonite colleges and universities have begun announcing plans for returning to in-person classes this fall. In some cases, that means getting an earlier start. As Goshen (Ind.) College opens residence...

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In summer of uncertainty, small is good for colleges

May 26, 2020 by and

After finishing the spring semester online, the big question for U.S. Mennonite colleges and universities is what the fall will look like. One thing they’re sure of: It will look different. The five...

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Churches, institutions suspend activities due to virus

Mar 16, 2020 by and

Mennonite churches and other organizations are finding new ways to operate or canceling activities to stem the spread of coronavirus. Colleges are replacing in-person classes with remote classes. Mennonite...

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Ruebens and pacifism

Mar 9, 2020 by

On a Wednesday night quest to find a rueben sandwich for my wife (Rainbow Mennonite Church Pastor Ruth Harder), I stopped by Browne’s Irish Marketplace in Kansas City. It was late, and the place was...

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More precious than gold

Mar 9, 2020 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — At the first North American event celebrating the centennial of Mennonite Central Committee, Tabor College unveiled a treasure from MCC’s history. A wooden case on the stage of the Shari...

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Seeking the truth

Feb 24, 2020 by

In a Jan. 31 letter to the Bethel College community regarding Ted Mueller’s history of abusing students, the Bethel board of directors says, “We will continue to seek the truth about Mueller’s...

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Beyond harm and loss

Feb 10, 2020 by

Words of apology and confession last month showed Mennonite Church USA has come a long way ­toward accepting LGBTQ people as equal members of the body of Christ. The apology came from Rebecca Stoltzfus,...

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Bethel avoids probation, accreditation ‘on notice’

Dec 2, 2019 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College avoided probation in November when it learned its accrediting body chose instead to put the college “on notice” due to concerns about its financial health and...

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Bethel College community reacts to sexual assault arrest

Nov 18, 2019 by and

The arrest of a North Newton, Kan., man has prompted the Bethel College community to evaluate how it responds to allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Ted Mueller, 84, was arrested Oct. 31 at his home...

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College and university enrollments mostly down again

Oct 14, 2019 by and

For the second year in a row, nearly every U.S. Mennonite college and university reported lower overall enrollment. Still, higher education institutions and seminaries find reason to be hopeful. Full-time and...

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Seven-figure gift boosts Bethel capital campaign

Sep 16, 2019 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — As Bethel College moves ahead with its Engage the Future capital campaign, a significant gift from two Baldwin City alumni has boosted the effort. The Dick Living Trust has made a...

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Lift up our colleges

Sep 2, 2019 by

Bethel College supporters got a wake-up call that all who appreciate Mennonite higher education need to hear. An accreditation review team recommended the college be placed on probation due to a 15-year...

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Lessons from Stan Eitzen

Aug 28, 2019 by

I only knew Stan Eitzen for a short time before he passed away two years ago. He’s one of those people you continue to have imaginary conversations with long after he’s gone, though, and each fall, as I...

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Accreditation probation recommended for Bethel

Aug 22, 2019 by and

Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., is redoubling efforts to reduce expenses and increase enrollment and donations after its accrediting body expressed concerns about the Mennonite Church USA college’s...

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Daughters who prophesy

Aug 19, 2019 by

Growing acceptance of female pastors is one of the positive Mennonite trends of the past half century. On July 27, Mennonite Church USA’s Western District Conference — a leader in gender equality —...

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Youth connect with each other and God in new ways at convention

Jul 15, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While delegates spent days talking about unity at the Mennonite Church USA convention, youth were divided. Some admitted they got out of bed 15 minutes ago, while others were clearly...

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Land of the Kanza

Mar 4, 2019 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Until a retired Mennonite pastor came along, Kanza tribal records indicated it had never happened before. No landowner had ever given something back to the Kanza people, also known as...

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Book review: ‘Flight: Mennonites facing the Soviet Empire in 1929-30’

Feb 4, 2019 by

We live in an era of human flight and displacement. The United Nations Refugee Agency says there are more than 68 million refu­gees throughout the world. A top political issue in North America and Europe is...

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598 is not enough

Oct 22, 2018 by and

What are the chances that a Mennonite teenager today will go to a Mennonite Church USA college or university? Not that good, and much less than 10 years ago, according to Mennonite Education Agency. Over the...

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New Bethel president seeks harvest of learning

Oct 15, 2018 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The Bethel College community celebrated the inauguration of Jonathan C. Gering as the college’s 15th president on Oct. 7 during Fall Festival. The wheat design on the program and the...

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Scholars uncover hidden stories of the Holocaust

Mar 19, 2018 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — In 2004, Joachim Wieler of Wei­mar, Germany, opened a small wooden box he inherited after his mother’s death. To his surprise and horror, it contained letters his late father wrote...

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Why did the FBI single out Bethel?

Feb 26, 2018 by

During the Vietnam War era, students and some faculty at Mennonite colleges were involved in protest movements. The FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover, saw the student movements as a great national danger. Without...

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Embodying the mystery with theater in church

Nov 27, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Christians haven’t taken their liturgy to the theater, noted Bethel College campus pastor Peter Goerzen, but maybe they should. Goerzen was opening Bethel’s fourth biennial Worship...

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Mennonite Brethren colleges set enrollment records

Oct 7, 2017 by and

The two U.S. Mennonite Breth­ren colleges set enrollment records this fall, while their Mennonite Church USA counterparts reported mixed results. Three achieved increases of 9 or 10 percent, while two had...

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Bethel speaker says partisan times require truth

Sep 25, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts issued a plea for Americans to return to the ideals that bring them together during a visit to Bethel College. Pitts spoke to a...

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