Afternoon Sabbatical lineup for 2012-13

The 2012-13 line-up of lectures, performances and special trips that are part of the Goshen College Afternoon Sabbatical program will include:

Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Living Our Stories,” by Dr. Victor Stoltzfus, GC President Emeritus, and Marie Stoltzfus
Dr. Victor Stoltzfus and Marie Stoltzfus will relate stories from their individual lives and their 57 years of married life that reflect lifelong explorations of the meanings of faith, of family and of service.

Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Stewardship Matters: The Story of the Elkhart County Community Foundation,” by Dr. Peter McCown, president of the Elkhart County Community Foundation
In 1989 a handful of community leaders and philanthropists envisioned and established the Community Foundation for the purpose of improving the quality of life for the citizens of Elkhart County. McCown will share the news and story behind a gift to the Community Foundation with the potential to historically transform our county.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 at noon in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Celebrating Food and Family Luncheon, with Esther Rose Graber and daughters
Artist and author Esther Rose Graber will present with four of her daughters – Jane Graber Davis, Ellen Graber Kraybill, Sibyl Graber Gerig, and Ann Graber Miller – all GC grads and co-authors of the recently released cookbook The Daily Feast (Good Books, 2012). Accompanying the words and visuals will be a delectable Caribbean meal taken from the pages of their culinary work. Cost: $20. Call (574) 535-7565 to register before Nov. 3. $5 late fee.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Bus Trip to Chicago – Les Misérables
Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. Cameron Mackintosh presents a 25th anniversary production with new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by Hugo’s paintings. This new production has been acclaimed by critics and fans and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. Cost: $125, includes top theater seating, bus travel and box supper on way home. A $25 nonrefundable deposit will hold your spot until final payment on Oct. 15.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
Pre-Christmas Celebration with Family Duo David Machavariani, cello adjunct faculty at GC, and Ketevan Badridze, piano faculty at Indiana University South Bend
Join us for an early Christmas celebration with family duo originally from the Republic of Georgia. Our own Goshen College cello teacher and his wife Ketevan will share great music of German and Russian major composers, including sonatas by Richard Strauss and Dmitry Shostakovich.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“A Limitless Expanse,” with the Goshen College Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Debra Brubaker, professor of music
Human beings inhabit finite bodies, yet have been offered the grace of creative souls that are boundless. The Goshen College Chamber Choir presents sacred and secular sounds and poetry that celebrate our embodiment of God’s richness. Join us for this wonderful concert. 

Tuesday, March 12 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World,” by Dr. Steve Nolt, professor of history
Many people recognize the outward expressions of Amish life, such as buggies and bonnets, but are less familiar with the faith that sustains these practices. Nolt will shed light on the spirituality – the religious heartbeat – of our Amish neighbors, and ask what their religious practices might say to the rest of us.

Tuesday, April 9 at noon in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
International Luncheon featuring Turkey, with Merle and Mary Hochstedler
In the fall of 2010, Goshen College Adult Travel visited Turkey. An evening with Merle and Mary Hochstedler, who have lived in Turkey for 24 years, gave a delightful and memorable view of this very interesting country. Join us for traditional Turkish food, a glimpse of the GC tour and sharing by the Hochstedlers. Cost: $20. Call (574) 535-7565 to register before March 30. $5 late fee.

Tuesday, May 7
Spring Bus Trip
The Afternoon Sabbatical committee is working on what we hope will be a wonderful day of site seeing and educational fun. Please watch for further publicity.

Goshen College’s Afternoon Sabbatical program is in its 35th year of offering rich diversity in programs for the community. A committee of area representatives and college personnel consider the knowledge and talent at Goshen College and among Elkhart County citizens and aim to select programs that will appeal to a wide variety of interests. The program encourages the idea that people need a sabbatical from their daily lives to rejuvenate their minds and spirits.

Afternoon Sabbatical programs are usually on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall or the College Church Fellowship Hall and are free and open to the public. For more information on the Afternoon Sabbatical series call the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.