Looking confused, students pulled water bottles from their backpacks and put them on the table.
School administrators, Fry said, had decided water bottles were too disruptive. From now on students could use the water fountain in the gym between classes and drink at lunch.
This was one of the themes of “Mennonites in the Soviet Union,” a series of lectures March 27 and 29 at Fresno Pacific University. The speaker was Andrej Savin, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Brown began ministering to Plautdietsch speakers in 1994 when Power to Change (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) placed him in charge of the newly translated Low German Jesus film.
Outgoing bishops committee chair David Yoder of Partridge said the multiyear drafting process was initiated to define what the Beachy Amish believe.
“A number of years ago, there was a conservative element that began asking questions: ‘Are others in our constituency no longer doing our practices? Do they belong in the constituency?’ ” he said. “We’ve taken a journey to find who we really are. We’re asking what defines us, what makes us significantly different from other conservative Anabaptist groups.”
Fredette, a CMU music student, took Opera Workshop this school year. Participants study selections from operatic literature during the fall term and then perform them over the course of three or four nights at the beginning of the winter term.