Friday, August 15, 2014


“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

Core Value Focus for 2014-15 : Global Citizenship

  • An intercultural openness with the ability to function effectively with people of other world views
  • A responsible understanding of stewardship for human systems and the environment in a multicultural world

As employees of Goshen College, we are all global citizens, living together in an interdependent campus community.  Our commitments, work, programs of study and service are all both local and global.  We work at respecting and valuing the diversity among ourselves, our local community and the larger world.

From an article “Beyond Borders: What it Means to Be a Global Citizen,” Drew Noble Alexander notes that “If one is open to it, possessing a passport, traveling to other countries and learning about other cultures and norms do create an awareness, but this plays only a small role in global citizenship. A true global citizen possesses a wide view of the world and the part he or she plays in it. Global citizenship is a way of living that is entrepreneurial and tech-savvy, involves taking risks and encourages critical thinking and connecting the dots.”

Engaging in the global arena is compelling and fascinating, but is not a panacea. The intersection of cultures, risks, and other factors can also cause disorientation for the global citizens. What are the ways we can be equipped to navigate this complexity effectively?

Renewing the Spirit

Functioning well as a global citizen places demands on the inner core of who we are as individuals. Both the opportunities and challenges the global citizen encounters can tax our spirit. It is important that we allocate time and process in our lives for renewing our spirits.

We are in the midst of challenging times on our campus. While we have many strengths as a campus, there are changes happening that are depleting our energy and focus. As individuals, and as an interdependent group of employees who are working to make the world a more sustainable place, we need to acknowledge and lament the changes that have disrupted our personal and professional lives…..a process that takes time.

At the same time, each of us needs to work at renewing our spirit and replenishing our energy so we can move forward with one another in ways that positively contribute to our mission of educating students focusing on international, intercultural, interdisciplinary, and integrative teaching and learning that offers every student a life-orienting story embedded in the five core values: Christ-centeredness, passionate learning, servant leadership, compassionate peacemaking and global citizenship.

The activities of the day will focus on the theme “Renewing the Spirit of the Global Citizen.” As a campus community, we have enjoyed the all-employee retreat interactions at Merry Lea over the last three years. It is very fitting that we gather at Merry Lea again this year for this theme, as part of Merry Lea’s mission is “providing a setting for re-creating opportunities that benefit the human body and spirit.” The activities the committee is developing for the day will set the stage for a time of interaction with one another as we make opportunities to renew our spirits as global citizens.


Again, this year we are inviting retired employees and their spouses 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

(Note there will be no overnight stay at Merry Lea this year.)

Friday, August 15, 2014

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 , Worship, and Devotional

10:30 a.m.  Group Activities

12:30 p.m.  Lunch provided by AVI

1:30 p.m.    Informal Activities

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

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

4:40 p.m.    Closing Worship/Reflection

5:00 p.m.    Dinner  (including vegetarian option)

6:15 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 18 & 19 — Teaching Faculty Workshops (8:30 – 4:00)

Wednesday, August 20 — New Employee Orientation (8:30 – 4:30)

Thursday, August 21 — Academic Department Chair Meeting (8:30 – 12:00)

Thursday, August 21 — Supervisor Forum (afternoon)

Tuesday, August 26 – Classes begin at 8:00 am