Baccalaureate sermon, (as prepared for delivery) by Dr. James E. Brenneman, president of Goshen College on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in the Goshen College Church-Chapel
2014 commencement speech by Joyce Bontrager Lehman: “The Imperative of Providence”
Chapel sermon, delivered by Dr. James E. Brenneman, president of Goshen College on Friday, March 14, 2014 in the Goshen College Church-Chapel
Goshen College President James E. Brenneman opened the 2013-14 school year with an invitation to the campus to recommit themselves to being compassionate peacemakers.
Each year Goshen College spends an entire year focused on one of the five core values that lie at the heart and soul of our community life. . . becoming Christ-centered, passionate learners, compassionate peacemakers, servant leaders, and global citizens. Today, we begin a year-long workout about the meaning, the significance, and the consequences of living out the core value of “compassionate peacemaking.”
“You have held newborns in Nicaragua, taught English in Cambodia, served the deaf community in Peru, held basketball camps down the street. You have learned to live lives of service and learning on every inhabitable continent on earth. By my estimation, in the four years you were here at Goshen College, all students, along with faculty, staff, and administrators, showed God’s love for others with more than 60,000 service hours per year that you were here. You, my dear students, have embodied a ‘love that surpasses knowledge.’”
“Our job – not just my job as a journalist, but the job of all of us – is to search for the best, the most true and useful knowledge and understanding that we can, not fake facts that sound really good. It takes passion to sort out rumor from truth; to be willing to consider evidence that contradicts our assumptions; to spend the time searching for answers to hard questions. It takes passion to really learn.”
David Cortright, director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will present the annual Goshen College Yoder Public Affairs Lecture, titled “The Power of Nonviolence: Lessons from the Unarmed Revolution in Egypt,” on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall.
Mexican-American poet, essayist and novelist Luis Urrea will present Goshen College’s annual S.A. Yoder Lecture on “The Border, Immigration and the Devil’s Highway: A Journey with the Author Luis Urrea.”
Goshen College President James E. Brenneman opened the new school year with an impassioned call to action – that all Goshen students fulfill their God-given potential by becoming life-long passionate learners.