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07/31/2018

Lifelong Learning Institute: Fall 2018 Classes

The fall 2018 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 Box Office and the Greencroft Goshen Community Center. Registration may be done at the Goshen College Box Office (located in the lobby of the Music Center), 1700 S. Main St., Goshen. Registration may also be made by phone and paid by credit card by calling (574) 535-7566.

Classes are held in Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center, unless otherwise noted.

Amish County Entrepreneur Adventure (day trip)
Orley S. Miller
Sept. 6 & 12; 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Come along on a trip through Amish country and step off the bus at five different Amish businesses: a Casket Maker, a Leather Shop, a Buggy Maker, a Quilt Shop, and a Toy Manufacturer. We will have lunch at Yoder Homestyle Cooking. Our tour guide will be Orley S. Miller, a resident near Shipshewana who is part of the Amish church. Bus capacity each day is 24 people. Board the bus at the Greencroft Community Center.

Exploring Celtic Christian Paths and Practices: linking earth with heaven
Willard Roth
Sept. 17, 19, 24 & 26; 10:00-11:30
Celtic Christian spirituality is a way of following Jesus that intentionally cultivates a lifestyle patterned after 5th and 6th century disciples living in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. As an experienced pilgrim guide and spiritual director, Willard Roth will introduce some of these saints, the paths they pursued, and the practices they invite 21st century followers of Jesus to ponder. We'll look at contemporary communities who are seeking to incarnate the Celtic way of linking earth with heaven through head, heart, and soul. Sessions will be enriched with poems, prayers, music and visual art. Willard Roth has served as a writer and pastor.

J. Lawrence Burkholder on Mennonite Ethics: from Isolation to Engagement
Lauren Friesen
Sept. 24-27; 2:00-3:30
The lectures will cover three forthcoming volumes on this topic. In Volume I, Burkholder explores the strengths and limitations of the stance Mennonites took on nonconformity, which meant withdrawal from society. Volume II expands an analysis of the limitations and proposes a solution whereby Mennonites can continue their ethical stance but become engaged in nonviolent solutions to social problems. Volume III applies the ideas in real-life situations. He concludes that nonviolent action on the local/congregational level is needed to continue our peace witness and resolve tensions in the world, introducing the concept of ambiguity as an ethical value while recognizing that the former absolutes no longer are viable. Lauren Friesen is the David M. French Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan and a Certified Docent at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

Feature Films from Iran
Ervin Beck
Oct. 2, 4, 9, 11; 1:00-4:00
Be introduced to recent Iranian history and culture; demonstrate the prominence of Iranian cinema in international circles; and help us see the reality and appeal of Iran and Iranians, despite the demonizing of the country in recent American politics. After a short introduction to the film and its director, we will view and discuss the film. The four feature films we will view are: Children of Heaven, The Lizard, A Separation, The Salesman. Ervin Beck, Professor Emeritus of English at Goshen College, and his wife Phyllis, taught at the International Community School in Teheran, Iran.

Forest People Stories
Aaron Sawatsky Kingsley
Oct. 15, 17, 22, 24; 10:00-11:30
We’ll examine our relationship to trees and forests through story, in fairytales, mythology, legends, and in our own spiritual heritage. Next we’ll think about ways the vast New World forests affected colonizers and shaped attitudes today. We’ll ponder how forests lurk in our memory and what they have meant to us. Finally, we’ll widen the lens a bit to look at our place, Goshen, and tell the forest/tree story of our bio-geography. Story-telling participation will be encouraged throughout! Aaron Sawatsky Kingsley is the Goshen City Forester.

Selected ‘Neglected’ New Testament Women
June Alliman Yoder
Oct. 29, 31 & Nov. 5, 7; 10:00-11:30
This course will focus on selected women from the New Testament. Many of them we will recognize, but we don’t know much about. We will review each woman’s story as it appears in scripture and dig deeper to learn more about who each neglected woman was, what she teaches us and what new understandings we might glean. Our intention is to help resurrect, unbind, and breathe new life into these New Testament women. June Alliman Yoder is the Professor Emerita of Communication and Preaching.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Modern Martyr?
Richard A. Kauffman
Nov. 12, 14, 16, 19; 10:00-11:30
Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was one of the most consequential Christians and theologians of the 20th century. He was a leader of the Confessing Church, which opposed the Nazi regime. Although his studies led him to become a Christian pacifist, he became involved in a plot to kill Hitler. He was eventually imprisoned and executed near the end of the war. This course will look at the times, the life and thought of Bonhoeffer, and his relevance to our own challenging times. Richard A. Kauffman is a retired editor, last serving as book review editor of the Christian Century. He has also been a pastor, seminary administrator and theology instructor.

Years of Friendship: Alice Parker & Mary Oyer
No registration required. Free and open to the public.
Nov. 16; noon, Rieth Recital Hall Nov. 18; 7:00 p.m. College Mennonite Church
Noted composer, conductor and teacher Alice Parker is coming to Goshen for a festival performance of her music on Sun. evening, Nov. 18. At noon on Fri., Nov. 16 at Rieth Recital Hall, Alice and professor of music emeritus Mary Oyer will discuss Alice’s musical legacy and her involvement with the Mennonite community. Rebecca Slough, former dean at AMBS and a member of the leadership group for Hymnal: A Worship Book, will be moderating this event, which is jointly sponsored by the Goshen Community Chorale, Goshen College and Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County.

A Festival of Carols: The Music and the Meaning
Marcia Yost
Nov. 28, Dec. 3, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Jennings Aud. Dec. 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m. GC Music Center Dec. 6, 4:15-6:30 p.m. GC Music Center for Dress Rehearsal and Follow-Up
Learn about the history of lessons and carols, get an overview of this year’s program and learn about the music as it comes to Sauder Hall. A community tradition will come alive in a new way as you get an insider's view of the planning, practicing and the “practical” that brings the annual event to life. Session three of this class will take place at the Music Center "behind the scenes". The final session will be an invitation to enjoy the dress rehearsal on Thu., Dec. 6 from 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. followed by a brief talk back time from 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. at the Music Center.