Spiritual Life Week

 SLW Poster

One week each semester is set aside for a special time of focusing on the Christian life. Students play a major role in planning activities that help strengthen growth and faithfulness in our relationship with God. The week includes guest speakers and special times of worship.

Spring 2017 Spiritual Life Week

April 2-7


  Sunday, April 2  
 8 p.m. Spiritual Life Week Kick-off Yoder Recital Hall
 9 p.m. Finding Peace Through Healing Grief
An interactive workshop

Yoder Recital Hall
A & L Credit

  Monday, April 3  
 9:30 p.m.

Is Suffering Redemptive?Alex Sider gives a historical understanding of suffering

Stutzman Lecture Hall
A & L Credit

Tuesday, April 4

 11 a.m. Forum "John's Dilemma: A Mennonite Bishop Wrestles with Doubt and Suffering in a Time of War" Yoder Recital Hall
A & L Credit
 8 p.m. Laughter is a Sacred Space
A theater production by Ted & Company about grief and mental illness.
Founders Hall

A & L Credit

  Wednesday, April 5  
 8 - 10 p.m. Worship Unplugged A variety of stations to worship God however you would like Marbeck Center Kiva/ Gallery Lounge
  Thursday, April 6  
11 a.m. SLW Chapel - message by Paula Yoder Recital Hall
 9:30 p.m. Thursday Night Spotlight: Life's Battles: Stories of Suffering
Personal stories shared by a panel of students & faculty
Stutzman Lecture Hall
A & L Credit
  Friday, April 7  
9 p.m. Campfire Worship: Relaxed night of singing and sharing around the fire with snacks Fire Circle


Speaker: Paula Snyder Belousek

Paula Snyder BelousekThe spring Spiritual Life Week speaker is Paula Snyder Belousek, the pastor of Salem Mennonite Church in Elida, Ohio, and a graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. As Lydia lost a child at full term followed by a subsequent miscarriage just over three years ago, she has spent much time thinking what it means for God to be faithful in a world of heartbreak and suffering.  Paula will reflect on what she is learning on this journey as well as drawing on the stories of others. As a humbly proud Canadian, she has a habit of apologizing too much, loves a good cup of tea and all things winter. She lives in Lima, Ohio, with her husband, Darrin and son, Liam.