About this issue:
Many gifts, with spirit
As a storyteller, preparing this issue of the Bulletin was both
a challenge and an indulgence. In taking an hour or two to enjoy
learning about the lives of these teaching faculty members, I was
reintroduced to the wonderful mosaic of experiences, expertise,
faith perspectives, character and caring that come together on this
Each interview illuminated unique aspects of the influences and
choices that have led particular faculty members to teach at Goshen.
I learned about educational and service experiences, personal journeys,
families and hobbies. Amidst the diversity of subjects and backgrounds,
themes that course through each underscore the values magnetized
to Goshen College: Christian inquiry in a strong academic context,
community and strong relationships, creating international connections
and dialogue among those of diverse perspectives.
| One has the gift of wisdom
Another the calling to speak
One the ability to comfort
Another the calling to teach.
There are many gifts, but the same spirit
There are many works but the same God
And the spirit gives each as it chooses
Praise the Lord, Praise God.
From I Corinthians 12
There was a striking similarity among those interviewed in the passion
that each professor showed for their field for his or her
particular specialty, yes, but also for teaching that subject. A
strong theme that also emerges in these profiles is the importance
of mentors including piano teachers, friends from other cultures,
colleagues, GC and graduate school professors, artists and others
and the impact of connections to one another.
Goshen College is an intimate educational experience. Faculty at
Goshen do a rare thing in welcoming students not just to campus,
but into their lives. By getting to know students both in and out
of the classroom, professors become engaged in helping individuals
succeed academically, in finding their calling, in asking the
big questions about life and faith, in helping them view education
Since early in institutional memory, the student-faculty relationship
has been a close one, from social gatherings in 1951 in the home
of Professor Karl and Christine Massanari in which U.S. and international
students could interact to a house church group including faculty
and students described by Rich Kremer 75 where deep conversation
and close relationships formed. Today, with arguably more complex
family and student schedules, professors still invite students to
their home in the case of John D. Roth, professor of history,
to enjoy the product of an old cider press.
This is indeed a rare and wonderful place people aware of
their part in the body of Christ, and to helping others find their
points of connection as well.
If you have stories you would like to share about your experiences
with faculty at Goshen College, we would love to hear from you.
Please let us know if you would be willing to allow us to publish
your comments online, in the new and improved Goshen College
Web site, where we are emphasizing the personal nature of the Goshen
experience by sharing stories of alumni, current students and faculty.
Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to me at 1700 S. Main
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