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Rachel Waltner Goossen

Historian seeks to amplify voices of marginalized Mennonite leaders


Rachel Waltner Goossen, professor of history at Washburn University, delivered the 66th annual lecture series October 21-22 with the overall title “Sexual Identities and Leaders in the Faith.” Goossen thinks she might have crossed a line with her recent Menno Simons Lectures at Bethel College, but she’s not apologizing. “I may have broken a… Read More

William Eash directs the Concert Choir.

Event showcases vocal music at Bethel


Bethel College's five vocal ensembles will present the 4th annual “Bethel Sings,” Sunday, November 4, at 4 pm in Bethel College Mennonite Church. Note this year’s later start time. Admission is free and open to the public. As always, the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Ensemble, all under the direction of William Eash, D.M.A., will be… Read More

Detail from CD cover for "Digital Disconnect"

Internet’s effect on democracy is subject of next KIPCOR film


The second film in the KIPCOR Film Series for 2018-19 season screens Sunday, November 4, in Krehbiel Auditorium at 2 pm. The screening of Digital Disconnect is sponsored by the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Bethel College’s peacebuilding institute. Note the earlier-than-usual start time (to accommodate a music program later… Read More

A violinist plays in the Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra

Bartók to Beatles on Oct. 21 program for Philharmonia


The Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra will open its concert season with a program that features a guest vocalist and a faculty soloist on cello. The concert is at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall and is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support music study and performance at Bethel College. Addie Regier, sophomore from… Read More

Jon Gering's response to the presidential charge at the Oct. 7 inauguration

Planting, cultivating, harvesting are metaphors for Gering inauguration


The Bethel College community celebrated the inauguration of Jonathan C. Gering, Ph.D., as the college’s 15th president on Oct. 7 during Fall Festival. The wheat design on the program and the banners leading the processional was the first clue to a key metaphor for the inauguration. The ceremony was combined with the traditional Fall Festival… Read More

Rachel Waltner Goossen

Lectures break new ground to bring perspective to LGBTQ experiences


Rachel Waltner Goossen of Washburn University will give the 66th annual Menno Simons Lectures Sunday, Oct. 21 (7 p.m.), and Monday, Oct. 22 (11 a.m. and 7 p.m.). She appears to be breaking ground with her subject matter – of the 65-plus lecturers (some years had multiple speakers) who preceded her, none broached the topic of “sexuality,” at least… 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.