Spring 2016 News  
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Greetings from Manchester

It’s a time of transition in Religious Life as Walt Wiltschek finishes six-plus years as University pastor and director of church relations, departing for a position at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. A successor will be named soon; stay tuned for updates.

Looking back to November, the 2015 Powerhouse regional youth conference was a success despite an early-season snowstorm. More than 50 senior high youth and advisors gathered Nov. 21-22 at Camp Mack in Milford, Ind., as Rich Troyer shared on “An Attitude of Gratitude,” looking at the ways we live out a spirit of thanksgiving. Various church leaders, college students, and others led workshops, and the recreation time included a snow-filled game of Ultimate Frisbee.

Earlier in November, a group of Manchester students did a Radically Obedient Brethren Outreach Team (ROBOT) worship deputation outing to Middlebury Church of the Brethren. In January, an Anabaptist Heritage Tour took students to local and regional sites in North Manchester, Shipshewana, Goshen, and Nappanee.

Looking forward, the weekly “Faith on the Fives” worship time continues on Tuesday afternoons during the spring semester, with a lineup of guest speakers that includes South/Central Indiana District executive Beth Sollenberger Morphew and Northern Indiana executive Torin Eikler, pastor and author Frank Ramirez, Christian Peacemaker Teams member Cliff Kindy, pastor/alumna Val Kline, and Nate Hosler, coordinator of the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Public Witness and ecumenical peace coordinator for the National Council of Churches. First-year students will lead chapel on April 26 and seniors on May 3.

The annual Baccalaureate service moves to a new time this year, on Friday, May 13, at 6 p.m. Commencement will be Saturday, May 14, with a ceremony for pharmacy and other graduate students at 10 a.m. and undergraduates at 2:30 p.m. Melanie A. Duguid-May ’76, John Price Crozer Professor of Theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y., and former Church of the Brethren General Board staff member, will receive an honorary degree and speak at both ceremonies.

The Church of the Brethren’s National Young Adult Conference (NYAC) will be hosted at Manchester this summer, May 27-30, on the theme of “Creating Harmony.” To register or for more information, visit www.brethren.org/yac.

Later in the summer, join Manchester at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C. Peruse the display table in the exhibit hall, connect with Manchester alumni and friends, and attend the Manchester University Luncheon at noon on Saturday, July 2, when President Dave McFadden will speak on “Becoming Our Best Selves,” and the MU Church-University Service Award will be presented.

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Other notes: Madalyn Metzger, a Goshen City Church of the Brethren member and former On Earth Peace board chair, now marketing director for Everence financial services, is one of four new members named to Manchester’s Board of Trustees. ... Annual Conference moderator Andy Murray scheduled a visit to the North Manchester campus Feb. 21 for a conversation with students. ... Manchester will launch a new certificate program in interfaith literacy in 2016-2017.


Manchester University Office of Church Relations
Walt Wiltschek, Campus Pastor
604 E. College Ave. • North Manchester, IN 46962
260-982-5243 • ChurchRelations@Manchester.edu