Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bringing all Goshen College Employees Together to Celebrate the Beginning of a New Academic Year Around the Core Value of Compassionate Peacemaking

What of the wisdom from above? First, it is pure, and then peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair, and genuine. Those who make peace sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts. (James 3: 17-18 CEB)

As Christian peacemakers, we embrace “shalom” – the peace that God intends for humanity. We are committed to build the “peaceable kingdom” by practicing loving kindness, restoring justice, practicing anti-racism, loving our enemies and advocating for the dispossessed. We renounce the oppressive, violent destructive powers of this world – and are willing to live our lives as examples of God’s peace. (GC Compassionate Peacemaking Core Value Description)

We each will come to this retreat with our own life stories, experiences, perceptions and world views. As a result, we define compassionate peacemaking in different ways. We live with the tension between holding to our deepest beliefs while also being part of a community where relationships serve as the foundation for our  work together.  In the context of the differences and the tensions that emerge in our daily responsibilities, we will take time to reflect on our individual and corporate understandings of this core value and to determine ways we can more effectively be compassionate peacemakers as we work together and mentor students at Goshen College.

Last year at retreat, we heard and told stories about Passionate Learning. In preparation for the coming retreat, be thinking about personal stories related to Compassionate Peacemaking: 1) a story when you were involved in a situation when compassionate peacemaking was offered to you and/or 2) a situation when you were able to resolve a situation in a compassionate way.

The all employee retreat this year is on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center. There is also an invitation to stay overnight at Merry Lea the night before (August 21) for those who are interested in further enjoyment of this unique Goshen College location. In this wonderful setting, we will explore many intersecting concepts around the theme of Compassionate Peacemakers. The activities listed in the following schedule set the stage for an excellent time of interacting with each other during this retreat.

Again, this year we are inviting retired employees to join us in the afternoon for the final session and dinner. This will replace the all-employee brunch that in previous years took place on Friday.

Schedule:  Goshen College Current Employee Retreat

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Stay overnight at Merry Lea (optional)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

8:30 a.m.    Gather at Physical Plant for those traveling via the GC fleet

8:45 a.m.    Depart from GC for Merry Lea

9:30 a.m.    Arrive at Merry Lea — Check-in

10:00 a.m.  Welcome and Worship

10:30 a.m.  Group Activities

12:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 p.m.    Informal Activities

3:00 p.m.    Gather in Tent for Group Activities

4:15 p.m.    Address by President Brenneman (retirees are invited to join the group at this time)

4:40 p.m.    Closing Worship/Reflection

5:00 p.m.    Dinner provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill (including vegetarian option)

6:00 p.m.    Depart from Merry Lea

To assist the planning committee, please complete the Confirmation of Choices Form

Directions to Merry Lea


Additional Fall Dates to Put on Your Calendar

Monday & Tuesday, August 19 & 20 — Teaching Faculty Workshops (8:30 – 4:00)

Friday, August 23 — New Employee Orientation (8:30 – 4:30)

Thursday, August 29 — Academic Department Chair Meeting (8:30 – 12:00)

Monday, September 2 – Core 100 classes begin at 9:00 am; Fall classes begin at 6:30 pm