Carson Week will focus on global issues

The vision for mission, service, and global education at Tabor College will be the focus of a full schedule of Carson Week activities from March 13-18 in Hillsboro.

A variety of programs are planned including chapel presentations, faculty lectures, guest speakers, a Carson Church reunion and the reservation-only Carson Center banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday evening at the Hills?boro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.

The meal will be preceeded with a punch reception, begining at 5:30 p.m. in the foyer.

Also, there wll be time for further dialogue in the Hearth Room following the banquet.

Keynote speakers at the dinner will be three globally engaged leaders and educators: Lowell Ewert, director of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grabel University; Merrill Ewert, president of Fresno Pacific University; and Norm Ewert, associate professor of economics at Wheaton College.

Lowell Ewert also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Lewis and Clark College School of Law and as an adviser to George Fox University?s Center for Peace Learning. He has published multiple articles and recently served as a contributing author to the book ?Peace Through Health.?

Merrill Ewert spent seven years in Africa in the areas of relief and community development with the Mennonite Breth?ren Church, Mennonite Central Committee and MAP Interna?tional.

Norm Ewert serves on the board of several educational organizations, advises peace and justice groups and co-hosts an annual Third World fundraising effort with his wife, Sharon.

The Carson Center for Mission, Service and Global Education is a new initiative at Tabor College focused on promoting and expanding mission experiences, service and global education.

It provides opportunities for students to learn about and participate in missions, service projects and to become globally minded, skilled graduates.

It?s also a place of collaboration for other churches and organizations.

Current Carson Center efforts include:

n Tabor?s growing connections within India, including the Mennonite Breth?ren Church of India, the Centenary Bible College in Shamshabad, and relationships within medical, education and business sectors.

n Tabor?s second student trip to India, scheduled for January 2010.

n Spring Serve: a week-long service experience over spring vacation. Four student-led, faculty/staff advised teams are scheduled for 2009. Teams serve at Mennonite Disaster Service locations and in urban sitess.

For more information about the Carson Center, visit

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