College Student Weekend

Dates: 
Jul 06, 2018 to Jul 08, 2018
This weekend event encourages and equips Anabaptists who are attending college and university.

2017 PROGRAM

Plenary presentations included:

  • Reclaiming the Possibility of a Christian Imagination
  • My Personal College and Faith Story
  • Embodied Understanding: Learning as Obedience to Christ

Breakouts included:

  • Ethical Issues in Science
  • Global Warming: Crisis or Opportunity?
  • #Notmyking: Anabaptist Living Between Elections
  • The Blessings and Perils of Being an Articulate Intellectual
  • The Heroin Boom: When to Advocate and When Not to

Application is required for the event. Applications will be reviewed in April, May, and June, and applicants will be notified by email after their applications are reviewed.

GENERAL INFORMATION

College Student Weekend encourages and equips Anabaptists who are attending college or university. It is our intention to create a place for college students to discuss and think about their college or university experiences in consideration of the contrast and challenge those bring to the students’ Anabaptist heritage and context. Participants gather on Friday afternoon and disperse after lunch on Sunday.

The structure of College Student Weekend allows young people in college to talk with peers and mentors about their questions and struggles. Each participant is assigned to a group of five peers and two mentors. This group meets four times throughout the weekend, offering support, guidance, and prayer in the challenges the participants face.

The weekend also features plenary presentations by a speaker who has navigated the world of higher education and remained committed to faith in Christ and to belonging to an Anabaptist congregation. These presentations offer insights to current students on how they might also experience the world of higher education and remain faithful to their heritage.

In addition, breakout sessions offer content devoted to the development of a Christian mind. Breakouts typically focus on discipline-specific issues in subjects such as history, literature, education, math, science, and the arts. Speakers present biblical perspectives on the role of identity in the formation of our beliefs and values, the role of ideas in the pursuit of career preparation, and the role of commitment to church community. Breakout presentations provide fodder for formal and informal discussion about integrating Biblical perspectives and principles into the routines of college life.

Faith Builders hosts College Student Weekend near Franklin, PA, at the River Ridge Mansion, an early 20th-century mansion built by an oil baron. The cost of attendance is $190 per person, including two nights of lodging and five meals. This event is limited to 42 participants.