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Lifelong Learning Institute: Spring 2017 Classes

The spring 2017 course schedule offered by The Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County is designed to provide stimulating and affordable short courses in many fields for active seniors. Course brochures are available at the Goshen College Welcome Center and the Greencroft Goshen Community Center. Registration may be done at the Goshen College Welcome Center, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen. Registration may also be made by phone and paid by credit card by calling (574) 535-7566.

Mar. 6, 8, 13, 15; 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Marlin Jeschke
Global Faiths
The global Christian landscape has seen a broad variety of denominations, varieties, and movements. Most recognize each other within the Christian family, but some may be regarded as unorthodox or even heretical. We will consider a broad range of these: their history, their beliefs, and their practices—the types of topics that his popular Goshen News columns touch on. Jeschke taught at Goshen College for 33 years: on world religions, philosophy, theology, and religion in America.

Mar. 20, 22, 27, 29; 9:30-11:00 a.m. OR 2:00-3:30 p.m.
John Blosser
The World in a Rectangle
In this experiential drawing class, we will learn basic skills and contexts, then use them to draw some of the beauty of early spring. We will be inspired by both historic and contemporary masters. The course is available to both beginning and experienced students. Participants should be able to walk with drawing materials to several work sites. Blosser has taught art at both Hesston and Goshen College; he continues to create and show his drawings both locally and nationally. Please note: 1.) An extra fee of $15 is required for basic drawing materials. 2.) Two “sections” are offered in order to accommodate more participants; please register for EITHER the 9:30 OR the 2:00 session.

Apr. 3, 5, 10, 12; 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Don Blosser
How We Read the Bible Today
The Bible is accepted as the sacred text for most Christians. And indeed it is, but what makes it sacred? How can we read these sacred writings in a way that has integrity for us and our children in a world so vastly different from when they were written 2000 years ago? Does the Bible contain God’s final Truth for the faith community? These and your own questions will guide our discussion. Blosser taught Bible at Goshen College for many years, and brings both pastoral experience and theological studies in Scotland to bear on these questions.

Apr. 18, 20, 25, 27; 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Everett Thomas
A Walk Back Through Goshen's History
Thomas will coordinate this four session course beginning with a review of his nearly quarter century on the City Council. The following two sessions will scan an earlier time period with deep dives into certain events and crises in Goshen’s history. The final session will feature Luke Gascho, director of Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Center, focusing on the indigenous peoples who lived in the Goshen area before the settlers arrived. Thomas currently serves as the Executive Director of the Greencroft Communities Foundation.

May 1, 3, 8, 15; 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Melissa Kinsey
Birds. And Why They Matter
Do you listen for the songs of birds, and see their nests and joyful flights? We will learn ways to identify their visual markings, songs, habitats, nests, behaviors, migration patterns, and the impact of environmental changes upon them. Birds are found everywhere: in gardens, farms, city parks, and near skyscrapers. Birders listen for each faint call, and watch for the flick of a tail. Birds help keep our world in balance by dispersing seeds, pollinating plants, eating carcasses, and recycling nutrients. They lift our spirits, mark the seasons, and remind us of creation’s incredible beauty. Join us for a celebration of Birds. Kinsey is an avid birder, a Certified Master Naturalist, has served the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and is a professor at Goshen College.

May 22, 24, 31, June 2; 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Duane Stoltzfus
News in a Post-Fact Society
We will trace the evolutionary arc of news, from café conversations to social media. We think of news as a social sense, a deep and abiding need to connect to others and to what is going on in the world. That seemed simple enough when news trickled out at the top of the hour; now that news gushes without end from the Internet and mobile devices, we need a new frame of reference. We’ll explore some of the high points (fact checking) and low points (fake news) in the world of news, and best practices for staying informed and well- balanced. Stoltzfus is Professor of Communication at Goshen College. **Note unusual schedule, to avoid the May 29 holiday.