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Two Mennonite colleges have withdrawn from a Christian college association to avoid causing division over their openness to hiring married gay and lesbian faculty.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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Tenderly inviting all to God’s banquet

Jul 22, 2015 by

For long decades now I’ve dreamed of a setting in which we could learn how — offering each other the tenderness for which every human so longs — to pull out chairs for every single one of us who wish to...

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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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Former NFL player at the center of feeding others

Jun 22, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — When former star NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing. “I don’t know anything about...

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MB baseball teams reach World Series

Jun 8, 2015 by

Both U.S. Mennonite Breth­ren colleges’ baseball teams reached their respective World Series this season. Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University won its second consecutive National Christian College Association...

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Canadian MBs mourn Bethany College’s closing

Jun 8, 2015 by and

HEPBURN, Sask. — Bethany College’s 88th graduation April 26 was bittersweet with remembrance of the school’s impact on Mennonite Breth­­ren young people. The college’s board decided in December the...

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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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Going a third way at Penn State

Jun 1, 2015 by and

The newest pastor at University Mennonite Church in State College, Pa., never seems to be in the actual church building, and the advisory team that relates to him doesn’t mind. In what is likely the first...

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Radio broadcast celebrates Mennonites at Goshen

May 5, 2015 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — For those in the audience, the May 2 live performance of A Prairie Home Companion at Goshen College was a show they’ll never forget. But for the 27 students in the college’s Chamber Choir,...

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EMU president announces retirement

May 4, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University President Loren E. Swartzendruber announced April 30 that he plans to retire June 30, 2016. The date will mark 13 years of leadership as the university’s...

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Values with value

Apr 27, 2015 by

Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman gave a convocation speech in February at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. He encouraged the students to read each book of the Bible for its own unique message. Pointing out...

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Family a campus presence through generations

Apr 24, 2015 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — According to the registrar, Tabor College has graduated 106 students with the last name of Friesen. Of those, 25 come from one family. The patriarch, Jacob Wall Friesen, was born Dec. 14,...

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Memoir recalls a legacy of faith, public service

Apr 24, 2015 by and

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Ernest L. Boyer was an instrumental figure not only in Messiah College history but also in the progress of education in the United States. His wife, Kathryn T. Boyer, detailed their...

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Students intern with anti-trafficking program

Apr 24, 2015 by and

ROSEDALE, Ohio — When Karissa Brenneman and Taylor Herr arrived at Rosedale Bible College as students last year, they didn’t know that in 2015 they would be driving the streets of Columbus in a van,...

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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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Writing conference goes west for a changed landscape

Apr 13, 2015 by

FRESNO, Calif. — A major aspect of the latest Mennonite/s Writing conference, which took place March 12-15 on the campus of Fresno Pacific University, was changed landscapes, both literal and...

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