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Broaden your horizons and explore basic value issues during weekly convocations.

Renowned guest speakers, performing groups and presentations will expose you to politics, society, religion and the arts and sciences – and you’ll be able to ask your burning questions, too.

Gain a broader perspective on current issues and historical events.

Build community through deeper understanding and respect for differing vantage points.

Determine where you stand on issues in the nation and the world from a more well-rounded view.

Fall 2023 convocation schedule

Convocations take place Mondays at 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. The public is welcome to attend although students will receive priority for seating, in case of a full house, and during the Q&A. "Special session" convos may take place in various campus locations, at various times. 

Wednesday 8/16, 11 a.m.

Formal opening of school
Robert Milliman, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty
Krehbiel Auditorium

Monday 8/21 "Good Morning and Welcome to Convocation": Why We Gather in Community
Trent Voth, assistant professor of Bible and religion and convocation co-coordinator
Monday 8/28 Campus Safety and Institutional Resources
Dr. MeShonya Wren-Coleman, vice president for student life and dean of students
Sunday 9/10, 7 p.m. Special session: Eat, Pray, Lift, a documentary by Dr. Caleb Stephens '11
Krehbiel Auditorium
Monday 9/11 We Are Who We Need: Creating Communities We Need
Dr. Caleb Stephens '11, LMSW, LMAC
Monday 9/18 Visiting writer presentation: a reading from Eggtooth
Jesse Nathan '05, poet; lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley
Monday 9/25 Housing Insecurities in Kansas and How You Can Help
HumanKind Ministries, Wichita
Monday 10/2 Bystander Intervention
Janet Fulmer, Title IX Coordinator
Monday 10/9

The Church, Migration and Disappeared People
Fernando Perez and Rebeca Gonzalez, Newton/Mexico

Monday 10/23 Young Alumni Award presentation
Brian Skinner '13, North Newton, Kansas Teacher of the Year 2023
Monday 10/30 Menno Simons Lecture
Dr. Aileen Friesen, University of Winnipeg
Monday 11/6 Visiting writer presentation
Julia Spicher Kasdorf, poet; professor of English and director of creative writing, Penn State University
Monday 11/13 JoinTrees: A campaign to help restore the earth by planting a million trees by 2030
Steve Thomas

Mission Statement

Bethel College prepares students for meaningful lives of work and service through faith formation, the liberal arts, and practical experience in career pathways.