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The culture of Bethel is one that encourages students to try new things and to think critically.
Sarah Unruh ’12


Convocation is an all-school assembly that generally meets twice weekly (Monday and Friday) at 11 a.m. during spring and fall semesters in Krehbiel Auditorium. It is an integral part of the liberal arts education experience at Bethel. Guest lecturers, performing groups and audio/visual presentations provide students with a wide-ranging exposure to issues in politics, society, religion, the arts and sciences. The convocation experience is designed to help build community, broaden horizons and explore basic value issues.

Fall 2014 schedule

August 18 Formal Opening Of School Brad Born
August 19 Discipleship Peter Goerzen
August 22 Title IX And Active Shooter Training Student Life
August 25 #OneThing - Intro to Convo (Meets in Mem Hall) Kristen Marble
August 29 FAIL Is Not A Four-Letter Word Aaron Bushell
September 1 Labor Day, No Classes
September 5 Student Involvement Fair (Meets In Mem Hall)
September 8 Sochi 2014: A Volunteer Perspective Allison McFarland
September 12 The History Of The Bethel College Bell Levi Goossen
September 15 Psalms: More Relevant Today Than Ever Before Rabbi Nissim Wernick
September 19 Everything I Needed To Know, I Learned In Kindergarten Allen Jantz
September 21 Film Series: Miss HIV (Meets at 3:00 p.m.) KIPCOR
September 22 Creating New Futures: Set Free From Human Trafficking Kevin Austin & Kali Long
September 26 Human Trafficking: A Community Response Jennifer White, ICT S.O.S
September 29 Art & Activism Dave Loewenstein & Ashley Laird
October 3 The Kansas Budget In An Election Year Duane Goossen
October 6 Fall Break, No Classes
October 10 URICA: A Unique Part Of Common Ground
October 13 Christopher Columbus: A Legacy Of Violence Robert Francis
October 17 The Story We Tell Ourselves Mark McCormick
October 20 Where Immigration Hits The Historical Highway Antonio Delgado
October 24 In The Headlines: Children, Refugees and Immigration Questions David Osio, Sister Dorthy LeBlanc, Dr. Francisco Adame
October 27 Reconciling Free Churches To Two Millennia Of Global Christianity Walter Sawatsky
October 31 Zombies And The Active Gospel Imagination John Ray
November 2 Film Series: How To Start A Revolution (Meets at 3:00 p.m.) KIPCOR
November 3 A Conversation About Science And Faith: Conflict, Contrast or Compatible? John Haught
November 7 What Should I Do?: How My Faith, Passions, And Circumstances Let Me To Start BWC Ricky Padilla
November 10 Debunking Climate Change Myths John Harrington, Jr.
November 14 IDENTITY: Answer The Three Most Critical Questions As A Believer Derrick Hayes
November 17 Daniel Hege
November 21 Overcoming Stress And Pain Through Massage (Meets In Mem Hall) Dr. Eric Fair
November 24 No Convo
November 28 Thanksgiving Break, No Convo
December 3 Messiah Sing At Bethel College Mennonite Church

Past lectures

This list is constructed from the published convocation brochures, which may not necessarily reflect last-minute changes to the convo schedule.