School gets new name — and a mascot

Aug 12, 2019 by and

In an effort to attract more students who do not identify as Mennonite or Anabaptist, Iowa Mennonite School is confronting a shrinking enrollment by changing its name. The school announced on July 30 it is...

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Back to school in Arizona

Jul 29, 2019 by and

After two years locked up and dormant, the former Hopi Mission School in Kykots­movi, Ariz., is again serving students. Now known as Peace Academic Center, the facility has a few finishing touches to go...

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Schools put to the test

Jun 10, 2019 by

Pop quiz: How many Mennonite students does a Mennonite school need? Today’s answer: all of the above. As denominational identity erodes, institutional loyalty that defined religion in the 20th century goes...

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Parents rally to save school in Virginia

Jun 10, 2019 by and

Bake sales and car washes may have been just enough to save most of Warwick River Christian School in Newport News, Va. With enrollment down to 70 students signed up for this coming fall, the 77-year-old...

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Oregon school drops ‘Mennonite’ from name

Dec 10, 2018 by and

Western Mennonite School near West Salem, Ore., changed its name to Western Christian School over the summer to better reflect a student body with few Mennonite students. Though there is an Anabaptist...

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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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Book review: ‘Education with the Grain of the Universe’

Aug 27, 2018 by

Over the past several decades, one remarkable initiative in Mennonite higher education has been in the new academic field of peace and conflict studies. Mennonite schools across North America — from Fresno...

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Freeman Academy confronts its rural challenges

May 1, 2017 by and

FREEMAN, S.D. — The clanging and clinking of plates, cutlery, pots and pans. The metallic hum of the sausage grinder. The sizzle of New Year’s cookies in the fryer. The wafting strains of music. The...

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Values made clear

Apr 25, 2016 by

Beside a single candle glowing in the Beth­el College chapel, a student sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” The song’s power came not only from the strength of the singer’s voice but also from the...

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Anabaptist schools, scripture and spiritual awakening

Nov 23, 2015 by

In late September, many of us were enthralled by a rare celestial display: a super moon in total eclipse, also known as a blood moon because of its reddish glow — clearly a reference to the apocalyptic...

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Bluffton education conference looks to past, future

Oct 26, 2015 by and

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Representatives from across the spectrum of Mennonite education gathered at Bluffton University Oct. 16-18 for a conference on the network’s past, present and future. The event attracted...

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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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College is like a vaccine

Mar 2, 2015 by

The recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland got me thinking about Christian higher education and the future of the church. It’s a strange connection, I know. But hear me out. The measles outbreak has...

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