Mennonite Brethren gather to discuss higher education

A historic event is coming to the campuses of MB Biblical Seminary and Fresno Pacific University June 4-10, 2007. For the first time, representatives of Mennonite Brethren higher education institutions from around the globe will gather for a consultation.

The consultation, "Shaping Mennonite Higher Education for the 21st Century," is sponsored by the International Committee of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) and hosted by the seminary and the university. It brings together more than 40 representatives from Mennonite Brethren-related institutions in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

Plenary sessions each day will address issues such as a Christian worldview, a relevant Anabaptist view of education, ministry and service in the church and service in the community and the world. Speakers for the plenary sessions are being drawn from India, Latin America and North America. In addition to the plenary sessions, daily worship times and workshops will be led by international Mennonite Brethren educational leaders, and will focus on the biblical foundations of Mennonite education, as well as specific themes such as vision, governance, faculty development, curriculum, libraries and technology and so on.

Each continent represented will have opportunity to speak about the unique opportunities and challenges for MB education in their area of influence, and there will be times for networking, thinking together and planning for greater cooperation between institutions. Many of these educational leaders have accepted invitations to speak from the pulpit in local churches during services on Sunday, June 10 following the consultation.

The plenary sessions are open to the public. Further information is available from Dalton Reimer, the cosultation coordinator, at