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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Bethel College announces provisional candidate for president

Aug 24, 2017 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College on Aug. 24 announced Jonathan C. Gering, a 1994 Bethel alumnus and a professor and administrator at Truman State University, as the provisional candidate to be Bethel’s...

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Coming to terms with Nazi collaboration

Mar 21, 2017 by and

FILADELFIA, Paraguay — Violence tore through this traditionally pacifist community on the night of March 11, 1944. All the more remarkable, its perpetrators and victims were all Mennonites. And they all...

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Sanctuary moves outside church walls

Feb 6, 2017 by and

The teach-in was supposed to happen at a local library. But when President Trump entered office with executive actions that heightened fears among the immigrant community, a larger venue was needed. Columbus...

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Bethel president to leave at conclusion of academic year

Oct 18, 2016 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College President Perry D. White announced plans on Oct. 18 to step down at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year, concluding seven years of service to the college. “I...

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War resisters part of World War I story, too

Oct 10, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The trophies and destruction left by battles are many, but items that tell the stories of war resisters are scarce. The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., is...

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Goshen bounces back in a year of lower enrollments

Oct 3, 2016 by and

In a down year for enrollment at many U.S. Mennonite colleges, universities and seminaries, Goshen (Ind.) College’s enrollment is up, returning to levels it last saw in 2013. Overall, two institutions...

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Bethel College to host Steel Wheels benefit concert Sept. 20

Sep 9, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — When the Steel Wheels come to Bethel College Sept. 20 to do a benefit concert at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall, it will be one more link in a chain of connections aiding Russ Neufeld in his...

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An open letter to the church from the presidents of Mennonite Church USA colleges, universities and ...

Mar 15, 2016 by

Dear friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, As presidents of the schools to whom many of you have entrusted the formation of future leaders for our church’s witness in the world, we want to say with...

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Lockdown puts new twist on Bethel prison theater

Feb 15, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — When professor of communication arts John McCabe-Juhnke put his former “pilot project” into Bethel College’s interterm curriculum, he knew his students would learn things that...

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Bethel MLK speaker calls for changing unjust systems

Feb 1, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Throughout her presentation at Bethel College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, Michelle Armster would pause to call out several names. “Sandra Bland. Renisha McBride. Shantel...

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Bethel College community mourns student’s death

Oct 26, 2015 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Qadrey Tolliver, 18, a first-year Bethel College student from Kempner, Texas, died in an automobile accident Oct. 20 in Texas. Tolliver was a member of the women’s basketball team....

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New policies put colleges ‘at variance’ with MC USA

Jul 20, 2015 by and

Two Mennonite Church USA colleges expanded their nondiscrimination policies July 20 to include employees in same-sex marriages, putting them at variance with the denomination’s education agency. In separate...

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Bethel’s 2015 issue of ‘Mennonite Life’ available now

Jun 8, 2015 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Two major sections of articles in the annual issue of Mennonite Life, now live, deal with the life and legacy of Vincent Harding and with ongoing issues surrounding theologian John...

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Century of football yields stories of tapped potential

Apr 24, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Sheldon Nunnally would likely never have come to Bethel College if it weren’t for the chance to play football. The senior, who transferred to Bethel as a junior from Compton (Calif.)...

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Bethel writing class helps unheard group find a voice

Jan 5, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Whatever Ami Regier, Bethel College professor of literary studies, might have expected from venturing into prison, it wasn’t that the experience would make her a better teacher and...

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Bethel rhyme celebrates commencement time

May 26, 2014 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College’s class of 2014 may be among the rare few who actually remember the commencement address. That’s for at least two reasons. It may have been the shortest ever, and it...

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‘Martyrs Mirror’ plate discovered

May 19, 2014 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — A long-lost copper plate made to illustrate the 1685 edition of Martyrs Mirror has been found. It is the 31st plate known to exist of the original 104 etched by Dutch artist Jan...

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On a fraught subject, a change without conflict

Apr 7, 2014 by and

An update to Bethel College’s nondiscrimination policy drew support on social media and brought attention to differences between faculty hiring processes at Mennonite colleges. Bethel’s board of directors...

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Historian to study abuse by theologian, church’s response

Feb 18, 2014 by

A Mennonite Church USA discernment group has appointed a historian to document the scope of the late theologian John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse of women and the church’s response to it. Rachel Waltner...

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