Current Classes

What are two swords good for, anyway?

Mary Shertz

March 5, 7, 12, 14 | 2-3:30 PM | Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center

The two swords passage in Luke 22:35-38 has been called the most difficult text in the Bible, not without reason! Jesus acknowledges that he is contradicting his earlier instructions when he tells the disciples to go out and buy swords. What kind of swords? Kitchen knives or lethal weapons? How effective were two swords (which he pronounced...

Classic Chinese Philosophy… for Today

Richard Allen

March 18, 20, 25, 27 | 10-11:30 a.m | Greencroft Community Center — Meeting Room 2

For 600 years, the “Four Books” formed the basis of the Chinese educational system. A literate person would commit the “Doctrine of the Mean,” “Great Learning,” “Mencius,” and “Analects” to memory. The four are guides to moral cultivation and civil responsibility, often through vivid, humorous stories. We will explore...

Pottery for the greater good!

Eric Kaufmann

March 19, 21, 26, 28 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Greencroft Pottery Studio — Homan Building

Embark on a journey with our life-long learning pottery class. Over four sessions, discover the artistry of pottery, from wheel throwing to hand-building techniques. Instructor Eric Kaufmann is an active member of the Goshen Clay Artist’s Guild, has a fledgling home studio, and is also a volunteer administrator of the Greencroft Clay Studio....

Reconciling witness in a polarized world

J. Nelson Kraybill

April 1, 3, 8, 10 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center

Conflict and division in church and society! With Bible study and contemporary stories, this course shows that disagreement can be healthy for faith communities and societies. Old Testament authors, Jesus, rabbinical Judaism, and the early church all give models for healthy conflict. This study will include some focus on reconciliation in...

A Masala of Indian Films

Jo-Ann Brant

April 4, 11, 18, 25 | 1-4 p.m. | Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center

Western audiences tend to be familiar with the Bollywood “boy meets girl and bursts into song and dance” films, so our dive into some of the more revered films or controversial critical successes will seek to give Indian film the serious attention it deserves. In order to understand the significance of these films, we will be hearing from...

9 Keys to Unlocking Shakespeare’s Language

Anna Kurtz Kuk

April 15, 17, 22, 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Greencroft Community Center — Meeting Room 2

Discover just how fun reading, analyzing, speaking, and hearing the words of Shakespeare can be by learning to see the text from a performer’s perspective. We will explore Shakespeare’s heightened language using nine steps. There will be group and individual work. Anna Kurtz Kuk (MFA Theater Pedagogy) is a former Goshen College faculty...

Who am I? A biological perspective

Jody Saylor

April 29, May 1, 6, 8 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center

Your body’s function is not only determined by the human cells that create it, but by the other living organisms and environment encountered by you and your ancestors. In this class we will explore gene function and the limits of DNA sequencing, essential interactions between “germs” and the human body, and human evolution to answer the...

A Guide to Public Speaking (for the Naturally Gifted and the Rest of Us)

Duane Stoltzfus

May 13, 15, 20, 22 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center

Public speaking consistently ranks among our greatest fears (in some studies eclipsing even death). But Duane Stoltzfus believes that we can all learn to become more comfortable and effective as speakers. He will draw from his personal challenges with speech anxiety and more than two decades of teaching communication at Goshen College. He tells...

Exploring Elkhart County’s Amazing Nonprofits (Bus Trip)

Marshall King

May 16 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Elkhart County is home to a set of nonprofit agencies known nationally and at a state level for their effectiveness and impact on the community. Donors give generously to these nonprofit organizations and in turn they serve our community. Join Marshall King, director of communications for the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, on a bus trip...