May 25, 2:30 p.m.
College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.
Celebrate with the seminary and with the 19 students who anticipate graduating this spring. The commencement service will be Saturday, May 25, at 2:30 p.m., at College Mennonite Church in Goshen.
The commencement speaker will be Lydia Neufeld Harder, Th.D., who as a theologian and pastor has given a lifetime of service to the church and its educational ministry. She and Gary Harder, her husband, continue to teach occasionally at Conrad Grebel University College, Kitchener, Ont., and are interim pastors. From 1994 to 1999, Lydia served as director of Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, Toronto, Ont.
Lydia earned her Th.D. from Emmanuel College at the Toronto School of Theology and has done short-term teaching assignments in Paraguay; Egypt; Elkhart, Ind.; and Winnipeg, Man. She participated in the Mennonite Central Committee International Peace Committee as well as being deeply involved in the theological dialogues between the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute and Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, visiting Iran two times. She served on the editorial committee of the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series for ten years. Publications include Obedience, Suspicion and the Gospel of Mark: A Mennonite Feminist Exploration of Biblical Authority (Wilfred Laurier Press, 1998); “Seeking Wisdom in the Face of Foolishness: Toward a Robust Peace Theology” in At Peace and Unafraid, Duane Friesen and Gerald W. Schlabach, eds. (Herald Press, 2005); and “Naming Myself a Theological Scholar in the Anabaptist Tradition” in Minding the Church, David L Weaver-Zercher, ed. (Pandora Press US, 2002).