Seattle Mennonite Church uses art for activism

“When Thalia Neufeld needed a final project for !Explore, an Anabaptist-Mennonite Biblical Seminary theological program for high schoolers, she wanted to literally include her church.

Seattle Mennonite Church, where Neufeld is a member, works on homelessness in the Seattle community and advocates for the Duwamish people that first inhabited the land. For the project, Neufeld created a spray-painted mural on the side of the church building that emphasized the continued presence of the Duwamish and their relationship to the land that the church occupies.”

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Smucker engages in climate and community, care

“For Greg Smucker, manager of Snyder Paints & Wallpaper, people and the planet are both high priorities.

Whether helping neighbors recycle metal instead of putting it into the landfill or just engaging in conversation with a customer about their project, it’s about relating to people and the environment surrounding them.

More specifically, the Goshen, Ind., store has been engaging in creative creation care the best way they know how: through paint recycling. Although the idea of recycled paint is not new, it is still a newer concept on the small town level. The goal is to keep leftover paint out of the landfill and waterways.”

Interdisciplinary artists find commonality

“David Kendall, a visual artist, filmmaker and educator at Goshen College, and Dave Nofsinger, an assistant professor in Western Michigan University’s Department of Theatre, both have visual art from throughout their careers featured in the Music Center’s gallery throughout the next couple of months.

Although the bulk of their pieces differ in medium — Nofsinger’s representing his work as a set designer and Kendall’s focusing on 2-D drawings — both carry a playful and whimsical quality about them, emphasizing detail and depth in their depictions of their creators’ lives.”

Photo by Dillon Hershey
More than just a “History Lesson”: the GC Peace Play

2nd place winner at the 2019 Indiana Collegiate Press Awards

“With a crack of thunder, sudden darkness descends. There is disarray, confusion and a search for a flashlight until from the blackout a British woman’s voice crows, “Hang on, love. I’ve got one,” and a spot of light flashes across the stumbling visitors of the Audubon Store.

The stage is set for the climax of ‘History Lesson,’ the one-act play by Frankie Little Hardin that made its global premiere on the John S. Umble Center stage last weekend as the 17th winner of the biennial Goshen College Peace Play contest.”

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Talents, tunes and tampons

“Every February, for one night only, Newcomer 19 becomes a tightly packed performance venue celebrating one thing: gettin’ down to the feminine sound.

The show, aptly named Chocolate House for the abundance of sweets provided, is an annual showcase of non-binary and female student talent put on by the Goshen Student Women’s Association (GSWA). Acts can be anything from singing to spoken word, but the door is also open to discussing more taboo “lady problems,” like social pressures on women or periods.”

To read further clips, visit the Goshen College Record website or the Mennonite Creation Care blog.

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