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Advent tradition enters the third generation

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 14:32
Les Goerzen with his son Peter and grandson Nathan.

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 event are of accompanying his father, Les Goerzen, Bethel physical plant director.

Dec. 8 is 34th Lighting of the Green

Submitted by mzuercher on Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:42
Lighting of the Green 2018

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 for celebrating the birth of Christ on Dec. 25.

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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.