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Bethel College News

Les Goerzen with his son Peter and grandson Nathan.

Advent tradition enters the third generation

December 17th, 2019

Since 1986, Bethel students, staff and faculty have been inviting the wider community to join in the Lighting of the Green. Current campus pastor Peter Goerzen has been part of this tradition for most of his life, starting from a different and special vantage point. This year, he saw his experience come full circle. His first memories of the… Read More

Christmas ornament

Bethel announces holiday hours and closures

December 12th, 2019

Changes in campus hours for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays begin Friday, Dec. 13. Kauffman Museum (corner of Main and 27th Streets, North Newton) • Tues.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Mondays • CLOSED Christmas Day and New Year’s Day • Next bird walk: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 Admission to the… Read More

Lighting of the Green 2018

Dec. 8 is 34th Lighting of the Green

December 6th, 2019

All are invited to join in an annual Bethel Advent tradition that started in 1986. This year, the Lighting of the Green takes place Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. around the Green in the center of campus. Many Western Christian churches, including the Mennonite Church USA denomination with which Bethel is affiliated, observe Advent, the season of preparation… Read More

Legacy star

Bethel receives final notice from accrediting body, avoids probation

December 5th, 2019

The Higher Learning Commission has made a ruling of “Accreditation-On Notice” at the conclusion of Bethel's regular every-10-years accreditation process. College administrators had been informed earlier this year, after the peer review team’s site visit in May, that the team’s recommendation would be for probation. “On Notice” represents an… Read More

Gala Jazz 2019

Annual Gala Jazz concert to be Dec. 6

December 5th, 2019

Come celebrate St. Nicholas Day with Bethel College’s yearly Christmas Gala Jazz concert. Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Combo will play standards and seasonal favorites Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus. Joel Boettger directs both groups. The concert is free and open to the public, with a… Read More

Urban Doxology performing in Krehbiel Auditorium

Worship-arts symposium: Church called to help build City of God for all

December 3rd, 2019

David M. Bailey and Urban Doxology came across the country, from Virginia to Kansas, to bring “a foretaste of the Kingdom” to Bethel College. Bailey and the music group Urban Doxology are involved in East End Fellowship in Richmond, Va., and were the keynote presenters at the 5th biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium, Nov. 22-23 on the Bethel… Read More

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.