Wednesday, August 15, 2017
To assist the planning committee, employees register by clicking here by 8/7/2017
Retirees may RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 535-7707.
Core Value Focus for 2017-2018: Compassionate Peacemaking
As we open this year of Compassionate Peacemaking, let us come together in community to build strong connections and endeavor to make a place where we can foster one another’s compassion toward peace within ourselves, with each other, and with God’s creation in general. Join us on Wednesday, August 15, for a time of reflection, renewal, connection and motivation.
The retreat will be on campus this year.
We are inviting retired employees and their spouses to join us for lunch and the subsequent Interim President’s address.
Schedule: Goshen College All-Employee Retreat
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
- 8:30 a.m. Registration – Church-Chapel Sanctuary Lobby Area)
- 9:00 a.m. Worship – Sanctuary
- 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks – Sanctuary
- 9:50 a.m. Breakout Session #1 (See below)
- 11:00 a.m. Breakout Session #2 (See below)
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch provided by AVI – including vegetarian option (retirees and spouses are invited to join the group at this time) – Fellowship Hall
- 1:00 p.m. Interim President’s address – Fellowship Hall
- 1:30 p.m. Adjourn
Schedule: Breakout Sessions (all sessions during both time slots)
Compassionate Peacemaking in Action: Being a Prosocial Bystander at GC (NC 17)
As the Prevention Intervention Network (PIN) begins its third year of providing bystander training for all students on campus, come and learn (and practice) how you can encourage, support, and model being an effective prosocial bystander as faculty and staff.
Intercessory Prayer Campus Walk (meet at WEST entrance by CMC office)
Carlos will lead a pilgrimage around campus in which the group will engage in intercessory prayer for various departments and programs.
Walking the Prayer Labyrinth (Meet by NORTH entrance by the Kindergarten Classroom) (Rain Location – Umble Stage?)
Relish this active way of praying as we journey using the 3 R’s of releasing, resting, and re-entering.
Exploring Peace Through Yoga (NC 19)
The instructor will lead participants in basic postures to experience the integration of physical, emotional, and mental awareness. The theme of the session will be compassion toward self as a foundation for compassion toward others. Beginners are welcome as are people with special physical challenges. Chairs as well as yoga mats will be available. Wear comfortable clothing (stretchy pants or sweatpants are recommended).
An Environmental Care Tour of Campus (meet at SOUTH entrance to CMC)
Goshen College has made a solid commitment to promoting environmental sustainability. Some evidence of this is quite visible, like our large areas restored to native landscaping. Other efforts are less easy to point to. Join Glenn Gilbert, director of facilities, on a walking tour of campus to get the “behind the scenes” view of how we strive to reduce our carbon footprint at Goshen College.
Fostering Compassion through Mindfulness Gathering rooms – CC141-114
This session will borrow some practices from the Buddhist tradition that help those who seek to be compassionate and to address the suffering of this world through training one’s thoughts to be mindful and tranquil and to treat others with equanimity. The practices may be Buddhist but the ends are Christian.
Peacemaking for the Long Haul – Self Care for the Journey (CC 112-113)
Regina Shands Stoltzfus
Those who commit themselves to the work of long term peacemaking must be equipped to tend to their own woundedness, as well as compassion/activist fatigue. This workshop will discuss self-care as part of the foundation for doing social justice work. Participants will take a short self-care assessment, and learn and practice strategies for a self care toolbox.
Additional Fall Dates to Put on Your Calendar:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 — Teaching Faculty Retreat
Thursday, August 17, 2017 — Department Chairs/Program Directors Meeting
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 — New Employee Orientation
Monday, August 28, 2017 – Fall Semester Classes Begin