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The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary community grieves the horrific violence perpetrated against LGBTQ participants and others at the Pulse Orlando Nightclub. Hate-filled violence toward any person made in the image of God, whether LGBTQ or Muslim, women or men, Latino or Afghan, violates us all. Mennonite faith communities, like other faith communities, are conflicted in views of homosexuality, political candidates, gun ownership, immigration policies, terrorism—you name it.

What we cannot be conflicted about if we call ourselves followers of Jesus, is that we will stand in solidarity with those whom Jesus stood with—those whom many others, including religious leaders, despised. For the love of God and neighbor, AMBS joins with other courageous lovers of God who call for all people of faith to stand like Jesus against hatred and violence in any form.

As a seminary we recommit ourselves to teach, preach and embody the reconciling mission of God, rooted in the Word, growing in Christ.

- Sara Wenger Shenk, president, on behalf of the AMBS learning community
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New journeys...
This week we celebrated the service of two beloved co-workers who are moving on to new adventures.
AMBS Development Team members: (from left) Ken Hawkley, Missy Kauffman Schrock, Anna Ruth Hershberger, Scott Litwiller, and Gerald Shenk.
AMBS Admissions Team members: (from left) Bob Rosa, Brenna Harker, Daniel Grimes, and Kristine Regehr.
Anna Ruth Hershberger began as a student assistant in the development office in 2009 and joined the staff in 2012 as a development officer where she worked until last week. Anna Ruth will be working at the Iona Community in Scotland.

Brenna Harker has served as an admissions counselor and the writing services specialist for the past four years and will be leaving with her husband, AMBS graduate Ryan Harker, as he starts his doctoral program in New Testament at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Brenna is excited to resume her passion of teaching elementary school. 

Both Anna Ruth and Brenna will be dearly missed, and we wish them the best in their new pursuits!
It's a busy week on campus!

It's a week filled with laughter and learning as students involved with LEAP (Leadership Education in Anabaptist Perspective) and hybrid courses are on campus. MDiv Connect students Margaret De Jong (left), Melissa Atchison and Angie Smith are shown enjoying a lively morning break in the lounge.

Also, we welcome the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference as they gather for their annual sessions on campus this week. 
Learn more about MDiv Connect!

Spiritual Guidance Seminar

Meets face-to-face, on campus, on several days
Instructor: Daniel P. Schrock 
August 25-27, October 3-4,
December 5-6, March 6-7, May 1-2

This supervised program is for pastors and other leaders who want to become spiritual guides. The seminar meets several times over a ten-month period, giving participants opportunities to practice and reflect on their learnings. Offered biennially, it will meet during the 2016-2017 school year.  

Congregational ministry provides many opportunities for accompanying people on their spiritual journeys and guiding them to deeper faith in God. In this seminar, participants will learn the art of spiritual guidance both through theoretical study and developing practical ministry skills.  

Components include:
Studying the literature of spiritual guidance
Experiencing spiritual guidance (both as director and directee) 
Reflecting on and discussing assigned readings 
Participating in case reviews and supervision
Reflecting theologically on the readings, discussions and personal experience
Several prerequisites apply.

Dan Schrock, DMin, sessional faculty, AMBS, is an experienced pastor and spiritual director from Goshen, Ind.
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Anabaptist Faith Formation for All Ages

This isn’t your average gathering for faith formation! This will be the first of its kind: a formation conference for and by Anabaptist formation leaders, pastors, teachers and lay leaders to re-imagine what faith formation ministry looks like in this century through theology, relationship and practice. This gathering will take place Oct. 6–8 at AMBS.

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