James E. Brenneman’s Inauguration

James Brenneman's Inaugural Address

September 8-10, 2006

The inauguration of Goshen College’s 16th president, Dr. James E. Brenneman, filled a weekend with moments of great laughter, joy and celebration, but also of great ritual, worship and tradition.


Friday, September 8, 2006

7:30 a.m. Business/Community Breakfast
Location: Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Speaker: President Jim Brenneman
Host: Karen Thomson, Goshen College Board of Directors
By invitation; reservations required

10 a.m Inaugural Chapel
Location: Church-Chapel Sanctuary
Worship Leader: Goshen College Students
Speaker: President Jim Brenneman
All are welcome

Saturday, September 9, 2006

8:30 a.m. Associates Breakfast
Location: Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Speaker: President Jim Brenneman
Hosts: Goshen College Development Office
By invitation; reservations required

12 noon Howell House 1976-77 Reunion
Location:Howell House, 1609 S. Eighth Street
Hosts:2006-07 Howell House residents
By invitation

2 p.m. Tree Planting
Location: Adelphian Fountain area
Hosts:Class of 2006 members with 1976-77 & 2006-07 Howell House residents
The tree is a gift from the Class of 2006; all are welcome to attend

4 p.m. Fall 1974 Honduras SST Reunion
Location:College Cabin
Hosts: Unit leaders Sharon & Norm Kauffmann
By invitation

7 p.m. Brenneman Bash
Location:Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center
Hosts: Jim, Terri and Quinn Brenneman
An informal event for Goshen College students, current and retired faculty and staff and their families, Board of Directors and friends

7 p.m. – Fun for families! Family/child friendly food and music for ages 4-12. Reservations                are appreciated.
8 p.m. – Music & entertainment for adults (young, retired and in between!)

Sunday, September 10, 2006

11 a.m. Inaugural Brunch
Location: Rieth Hall, Music Center
By invitation; reservations required
2 p.m. Inaugural Ceremony
Location: Sauder Hall, Music Center
All are welcome to attend. A public reception in the Music Center courtyard will follow the service.* Ceremony is open seating. Doors to Sauder Hall open at 1:15 p.m.; pre-service music begins at 1:30 p.m. Overflow seating, with televised viewing of the ceremony will be available in room 153 of the Music Center.

Inaugural Theme

¹A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
²The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
— Isaiah 11:1-2 (NRSV)

In this text, the prophet Isaiah imagines a future in which the Messiah or Christ comes as an educator filled with wisdom and wonder on behalf of those who lack even the basics of life, like a good education. As a Christ-centered community, I hope Goshen College will always be at the forefront of helping to fulfill Isaiah’s promised future by following Christ in intellectual inquiry, while maintaining a deep reverence for God, in order to serve others.