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“Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”



Scholarship Colloquy Luncheon

Wednesday, Nov. 5 2014 (12PM)

Living with Religious Pluralism
Brian Smith
Private Dining Room

Reading: Or N. Rose, "Interreligious Collaboration: American Judaism and Religious Pluralism" from Sidney Schwartz, ed. Jewish Megatrends (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights: 2013), pp. 160-73

Religious pluralism is an increasing fact of life for all Americans. Christians are trying to figure out how to live with this new social reality, but so are members of other faiths, including American Jews. The reading for the luncheon is written by Rabbi Or Rose, who is the director of the Center for global Judaism at Hebrew College in Massachusetts. Rabbi Rose also co-directs the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) with Jennifer Howe Peace, a faculty member at Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Please come join us for a fine meal and a very good conversation.

Upcoming Events

Salt & Light Chapel

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 (9.30 a.m.)

Carol Bremer-Benett
Hostetter Chapel

Carol Bremer-Benett is a Christian, Native educator at Rehoboth Christian School just outside of Gallup, New Mexico. After graduating from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) in 1991, God brought her to the Southwest to deepen her understanding of her Navajo heritage. She has been active in the development and implementation of the middle school concept at Rehoboth and the design of the new middle school building.

 Carol has her master's degree in Educational Leadership from Western New Mexico University and currently serves as Rehoboth's Superintendent. She has just completed six years on the Calvin College Board of Trustees and currently serves as the vice-president of the board for CARE 66, a local non-profit that seeks to end homelessness in Gallup.


What is service-learning &

Why is it important

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It's back to school time! Every school year we look forward to celebrating student achievements at Downey Elementary School through our Together for Tomorrow service-learning partnerships

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In 2012, The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced Together for Tomorrow, a new initiative to spotlight existing and spur new community engagement in turning around persistently low-performing schools. Messiah College was one of 31 organizations honored as a winner of the "Together for Tomorrow" initiative.

Find out about "Together for Tomorrow" here.

Messiah College was one of 690 higher education institutions that was recognized with national distinction on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Find out more about the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll here.

The White House launched the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge to invite institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith cooperation and community service programming on campus.

Learn more about Messiah's involvement in The President's Interfaith & Community Service Campus Challenge.


Internal Grants Program: Applications for 2014-2015 is now closed.

This Service-Learning Faculty Grant is designed to encourage faculty to integrate service-learning into the curriculum.