Opinion: Prof attests: gap is good

Nov 7, 2016 by and

Before I retired, I taught in the Biblical Studies department at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Each fall term, I was assigned two sections of a required course, Encountering the Bible. Each section had...

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In poorly educated South Sudan, MCC builds up schools

Sep 12, 2016 by , and

RUMBEK, South Sudan — When South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, hopes were high and the future looked bright. But conflict broke out in 2013, and violence has ebbed and flowed since...

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Are the humanities in crisis at Christian colleges?

May 10, 2016 by

Last week I was part of a discussion at Bethel University about what defines “the humanities.” I bit my tongue, but I was tempted to say, “A perpetual sense of crisis.” And perhaps “crisis of the...

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Accessible education is a faith and justice issue

Feb 15, 2016 by

I’ve had several conversations questioning the validity of the quote, “Now we are faced with an onslaught of potential annihilation,” in my March 16, 2015, column. People primarily focused on gun...

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Amish schools find ways to serve special-needs children

Jul 6, 2015 by and

CLARK, Mo. — Maryann Yoder, 5, will join her sister Edna, 7, and other Amish children in a local one-room schoolhouse in a few years. But until then, speech therapist Anna Crusha provides a different...

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Active year sees Mennonite schools merge, close

May 11, 2015 by and

The boards of two Pennsylvania Mennonite schools have approved a plan to integrate into one unified school system with a single superintendent and board. Penn View Christian School, a K-8 school in Souderton,...

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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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Gay advocacy group gets $150,000 grant

Mar 2, 2015 by

The Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests announced Feb. 12 that it has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to assist in creating an online Center for...

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Planting opportunity, rebuilding lives

Jan 12, 2015 by and

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Breezes flutter the sheer fabric hanging in the doorway of Gladys Joseph’s new home in Cabaret, 24 miles outside Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince. There’s room in the yard...

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Teaching English leads to deeper discussions in China

Sep 29, 2014 by and

Tao’s sheepish demeanor as he approached teacher Kelly McPhail revealed why he and his classmates were nervous about their English grades: They hadn’t been speaking much in class. To confront an...

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I am rich

Jun 3, 2014 by

We got our income taxes done last week. Let me tell you, I was stunned by the final number — it was staggeringly low. We fall way, way below the poverty line for our area. As in, guess a ridiculously low...

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Children returning to Manitoba Old Order community

May 26, 2014 by and

An Old Order Mennonite community in Manitoba has welcomed back half of its children who were removed by social workers in June 2013 due to abusive disciplinary practices. Adults were charged with assaulting...

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Canadian scholar studies how education preserves Old Colony Mennonite culture

Feb 17, 2014 by

It’s hard to understand Canada’s Old Colony Mennonites without first understanding their views on education. In 1922 about 8,000 Old Colony Mennonites left Canada for Mexico and Paraguay because of...

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Teaching as mission jumpstarts education careers

Feb 3, 2014 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — While some young adults trained in education struggle to find work as teachers, Rebecca Martin and Malinda Stoner found experience teaching in Peru gave them a distinct advantage in the...

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New Bible institute building empowers community education

Jan 6, 2014 by and

After seven years of offering classes in churches, the Toba-Qom Bible Institute in Castelli, Argentina, will soon have its own space. Supported by Mennonite Mission Network, the institute offers leadership...

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