Goshen College students create plan for Florida Amish community

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Each winter, as many as 3,000 Amish people from “up north” trade in their buggies for three-wheeled tricycles and join the small year-round Amish population in Pinecraft. Because of the spontaneous nature of Pinecraft’s growth, there are concerns about its safety, building permits, land use and ordinance codes. With the help of two Goshen College students and a recent graduate, these concerns are finally being addressed.

Ted & Company explores hopes and fears with new show on sexuality and the church

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Ted & Company TheaterWorks will debut a new performance, titled “Learning to Play,” in the Goshen College Church-Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. In “Learning to Play,” Ted Swartz uses his distinctive humor to give voice to our fears and hopes when a faith community engages in questions around sexuality and same-sex relationships.

Students connect in new campus-wide mentoring program

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Eva Lapp and Brynn Godshall have a lot in common: they both sing in the Women’s World Music Choir at Goshen College, love ice cream and share a passion for peace studies. But Lapp, a junior from Goshen, and Godshall, a freshman from Lancaster, Pa., might never have become friends if not for a new student-led initiative called Campus Connections.

Summit challenges students to create sustainable campuses

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During a chilly November weekend, 45 student leaders from eight colleges and universities gathered for a sustainability summit at Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center. The goal of the sustainability summit was to bring students from area institutions together to learn, network and brainstorm ways to make their home campuses more sustainable. This year’s focus was on food.

New book examines the history of Mennonite youth ministry

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A book chronicling the past 120 years of youth ministry in the Mennonite church hit the shelves this month. Bob Yoder, assistant professor of youth ministry and campus pastor at Goshen College, served as editor of the book, which is titled “A History of Mennonite Youth Ministry 1885-2005” (Institute for Mennonite Studies, December 2013. $26.45 US).