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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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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Unforeseen outcomes

May 13, 2019 by

“What’s next?” During college commencement season, it’s the question on everyone’s lips. A graduate who doesn’t know the answer might tire of hearing it. A day of celebration offers little respite....

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Mennonite higher education keeps the faith

Nov 19, 2018 by

While I understand many of David Lapp Jost’s observations (“Colleges Not Christian Enough,” Letters & Comments, Nov. 5), I respectfully disagree with many of his conclusions. We in Mennonite higher...

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Miller: A new thing called Sattler

Nov 19, 2018 by

This fall, I moved from Rusk County, Wis., to Boston to attend college. Not one of Boston’s big-name institutions like Harvard or MIT, but Sattler, a college of a different stripe. Named for a 16th-century...

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Arrest made in case of murdered Goshen professor

Nov 9, 2018 by

After seven years, a suspect has been arrested and charged for the 2011 murder of Goshen (Ind.) College biology professor James Miller. Elkhart County prosecutor Vicki Becker announced Oct. 30 that Winston...

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Colleges not Christian enough

Nov 5, 2018 by

At the time I graduated from Goshen College in 2011, I would have unequivocally urged support for Mennonite colleges, as MWR’s Oct. 22 editorial does. But no longer. We would do better refocusing resources...

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Independent seminary launches Anabaptist program

Nov 5, 2018 by and

An independent seminary in the Chicago area is launching an Anabaptist Studies Program featuring a pastor and author recently terminated as visiting lecturer from the Mennonite Breth­ren Fresno (Calif.)...

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AMBS president announces retirement

Oct 24, 2018 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — The board of directors of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary announced on Oct. 23 the retirement of President Sara Wenger Shenk, effective June 30. She has served in the role since the...

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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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U.S. college, seminary enrollment mostly down

Oct 8, 2018 by and

Bright spots are few as U.S. Mennonite higher education institutions report shrinking enrollment numbers this fall. Though overall student totals are up at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elk­hart,...

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Ethiopian sees how Latin Americans run a seminary

Jul 23, 2018 by and

GUATEMALA CITY — An exchange of East African and Latin American approaches to theological education took place when the president of Meserete Kristos College in Ethiopia visited SEMILLA, the Latin American...

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Opinion: SEMILLA solidarity

Jun 18, 2018 by and

As we traveled dusty roads together, Luis Flores and I had much time to talk about current events, program planning and the challenges that we faced in our work together. Flores had left his secure position as...

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MC USA wants to get all schools on same page

Oct 11, 2017 by and

A task force is proposing a more cooperative and consistent relationship between Mennonite Church USA and its institutions of higher education. “We’re envisioning a relationship based more on collaboration...

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Enrollments mostly down; Bethel bounces back

Oct 12, 2015 by and

Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., is the brightest spot among U.S. Mennonite college and seminary enrollments, with six of the eight institutions showing declines. Enrollment at Bethel has returned to...

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Unity with diversity in CCCU

Sep 29, 2015 by

As president emeritus of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., and of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, I should express my perspective in the circumstances regarding hiring...

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EMU, Goshen leave Christian college association

Sep 21, 2015 by and

Two Mennonite colleges have withdrawn from a Christian college association to avoid causing division over their openness to hiring married gay and lesbian faculty. The presidents of Goshen (Ind.) College and...

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Myron Augsburger and the Mennonite History of the CCCU

Sep 16, 2015 by

This is the last of a two-part blog series on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities as they decide on a course of action after two Mennonite colleges changed their hiring policies to include...

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Mennonites, evangelicals and the sexuality debate in Christian higher education

Sep 15, 2015 by

This is the first of a two-part blog series on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities as they decide on a course of action after two Mennonite colleges changed their hiring policies to include...

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Do Mennonite young people have ethics or faith?

Sep 8, 2015 by

Recently a Bible professor at one of our Mennonite colleges said to me that when her Mennonite students talk about faith, it is all about ethics. It’s not about God or worship, but rather what we do,...

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Opinion: The stake in federal aid

Aug 31, 2015 by and

The Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage may have placed many Christian colleges on a collision course with their largest funding partner — the U.S. government. Already facing significant...

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What we mean when we say we want Christian unity

Aug 28, 2015 by

I’ve been reading Andy Crouch’s Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power for about four months now and I’m barely a third of the way through it. Not because it’s bad! Quite the contrary: it’s one of...

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Colleges’ decisions shake up their peers

Aug 27, 2015 by and

Decisions by two Mennonite Church USA colleges to expand their nondiscrimination policies to include employees in same-sex marriages have caused a stir in Christian higher education. Eastern Mennonite...

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