CNN wanted to speak with Mennonites who are first-time voters this year and learn their views on the presidential election. With the Indiana presidential primary happening on May 6, they decided to visit Goshen College and hear from students about what political issues are important to them, as well as how their Mennonite faith informs their politics.
The Amish response to the murders of five schoolgirls in Nickel Mines, Pa., last Oct. 2 was even more surprising than the intrusion of evil into bucolic Lancaster County.
Ask any person randomly on the sidewalk (outside of Elkhart County)what they know about the Mennonites and chances are their answer will include Mormons, black clothes and buggies, or general confusion.
Testing and hearing one
The arched rafters of Goshen College’s Rieth Recital Hall reverberated with life, laughter and hope as seven Mennonite poets gathered Jan. 13 to celebrate the newly published anthology of Mennonite poetry, A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry.
A part of the Greatest Generation often ignored are those who refused to fight in World War II. Appropriate, then, that an award-winning documentary that examines the experiences of those who felt called to alternative service should be shown at Goshen College, an institution known for its peace and justice program.