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KIPCOR’s Director Sheryl Wilson Speaks Out on the Need for Peace

If someone told me 30 years ago that mass shootings would become a norm in society, I would not have believed it. In fact, a Washington Post article highlights the “trend” of mass shootings over time since 2015:https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/more-deadlier-mass-shoot…/… . It saddens me that current mass shootings have become a topic to be studied. Up until last […]

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Balzer gives Bethel’s winning speech for second straight year

Senior Sarah Balzer has some ideas to share about voting, and they’re not about ballot boxes or campaign promises. For the second year in a row, Balzer was the first-place winner in Bethel’s C. Henry Smith Peace Oration contest, which took place at the end of April, with the winners announced at semester’s end. Last […]

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KIPCOR short course series serves both beginners and practitioners

As the school year gets underway, Bethel College’s peacebuilding institute, KIPCOR, is also starting up this year’s schedule of short courses. KIPCOR, the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, is once again offering a variety of educational opportunities, with the aim of both serving those with training in conflict mediation and those who simply […]

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For second straight year, Bethel speaker is first in binational contest

The judges for an annual peace oratorical contest, open to colleges in the United States and Canada, chose junior Sarah Balzer’s speech as this year’s overall winner. It would be possible to sum up her thesis as “Make peace through potlucks.” Balzer, Inman, wrote and gave the speech as part of the C. Henry Smith […]

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Making peace about creation care, lifestyle changes, speech winner says

Bethel’s C. Henry Smith Peace Oration contest winner, Sarah Balzer, has a simple suggestion: Make peace through potlucks. Balzer, a junior from Inman, Kansas, took first place in the annual event with “Environmental Inequalities in the Age of Plastics.” Balzer began her speech with a quote from “eco-poet” Craig Santos Perez, who called plastic “the […]

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