Author: Catherine Nolte

Opinion

People of all faiths gather at the table

When I explained my Friday night plans to close friends, I got puzzled looks and excited questions. “Really? That sounds awesome!” “What is a Shabbat service?” “Why are you going?” Honestly, these are questions that I am still sorting out for myself. Last Friday night, I attended a Shabbat service […]

News

National trend of increasing anti-Semitism continues with Women’s March

Recent accusations towards Women’s March leaders marked an increasing trend of anti-Semitism across the United States. Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, co-chairs of the Women’s March national organization, posted photos on Instagram in 2017 with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the black nationalist group Nation of Islam, according to CNN. During […]

Faith

Symposium initiates campus interfaith dialogue

Bringing together community leaders from different faith traditions, the 2019 Diversity Symposium, “Evangelicals at the Religious Roundtable,” sought to initiate cross-cultural conversations among student, faculty and staff. The symposium, hosted by John Brown University’s Diversity Committee, Dave Vila, professor of biblical studies and Robert Moore, associate professor of history, featured […]

Christians reconsider the diversity of theology
Faith

Christians reconsider the diversity of theology

In an effort to reconcile history and increase cultural competencies, Christian institutions and churches confront both their bookshelves and their interpretations of Scripture. The highest percentages of religious commitment among Christians can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the United States, according to a study by from the […]

Disability ministry seeks community engagement
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Disability ministry seeks community engagement

John Brown University’s newly-created Disability Awareness ministry begins this spring semester by encouraging conversations about stigma, disabilities and support within the student body and community, The Disability Awareness ministry focuses on increasing conversations, engagement and awareness. Ministry leaders Savannah Crittendon, junior business management major, and Jessica Oldenettel, freshman communication major, […]

News

Campus leadership reflects on racial diversity

In examining its history of race relations, John Brown University seeks to promote continued growth of diversity among its faculty and students. The university is currently experiencing a decline in enrollment, with the total number of students having decreased by 20.7 percent from the 2016-2017 school year to this year, […]

Churches increase involvement in foster care
Faith

Churches increase involvement in foster care

Following the call of Scripture to care for orphans, the church is increasing its involvement in the foster care system. 25 percent of Protestant or nondenominational church attenders know “someone from their church [who] has been involved in foster care over the past year,” according to LifeWay Research, a research […]

Faith

Students join Growth Groups in dorm pilot program

Desiring that students strengthen fellowship with their neighbors, Walker Hall and the Student Ministries Leadership Team have forged a new partnership. While campus-wide Growth Groups have been a John Brown University tradition for instilling spiritual growth, a new pilot program focused on tying together social and spiritual aspects seeks to […]