Bringing people together

Community is among the university’s enduring values, and building community—next door, nationally or internationally—has been a hallmark of generations of Bluffton representatives, be they faculty, staff, students or alumni. The stories that follow describe how one current faculty member and two alumni are continuing the tradition, in the church, with troubled youth and in music.

Jackie Wyse Rhodes
Jackie Wyse Rhodes, religion

  


Reconsidering the church-community relationship
Jackie Wyse-Rhodes has reached into her past for what she says some might consider a “radical idea” for the church’s future. But the reaction was positive, the assistant professor of religion adds, when she and a former co-worker in missions in the Netherlands presented it at July’s Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly in Harrisburg, Pa.
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Carrie Wilson
Carrie Wilson
 
Impacting young lives
Whether it was as a student at Bluffton, a teacher of children with severe emotional disorders or, since last April, a house mother in a group home for adolescents, Carrie (Purnhagen '96) Wilson believes she has been where she was meant to be.
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Kitanya Murry
Kitanya Murry
 
Unifying voices
Kitanya Murray '12 came to Bluffton as a music major with a concentration in performance studies. Now, newly graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, with a master’s degree in arts management, she helps organize some of the world’s largest school choir concerts for Young Voices (UK) Ltd. And currently, she is also coordinating a planned 20,000-voice adult choir that will perform next May in Cardiff ’s 74,500-seat Millennium Stadium.
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