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Chorale ministers to incarcerated persons

Chorale ministers to incarcerated persons

What happened when the Taylor Chorale entered a maximum security prison?By Elizabeth Carrier | Contributor I’ve watched the musical “Chicago” once or twice, so I felt like I had a pretty good understanding of what prison was like. On Dec. 6, I found out that I was very wrong. Unlike […]

by · December 8, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorials
Student news is an institutional watchdog

Student news is an institutional watchdog

Our ViewEditorial Board | Echo Last Saturday morning, eight Echo staffers caravanned to the Indianapolis Marriott North for the Hoosier State Press Association Newsroom Seminar and Awards Luncheon, and they didn’t come away empty-handed — competing with the likes of Indiana University and Purdue University, The Echo walked away with […]

by · December 8, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorials
‘Our theological starting point is God Himself’

‘Our theological starting point is God Himself’

Furthering the conversation on the purposes of chapelBy Kevin Diller | Faculty Contributor I want to thank Campus Pastor Jon Cavanagh and all the students who participated in the October chapel on chapel. I found it to be, as Rev. Cavanagh hoped, both inspirational and informative. I appreciated the moving […]

by · December 1, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorials
So you’re interested . . .

So you’re interested . . .

‘All it takes is 10 seconds of courage’By Rae J. Kinsel | Contributor There seems to be an unspoken rule on Taylor’s campus that asking someone out automatically means committing to a lifelong relationship. I am writing to say that this is not truth. At times, there may be that […]

by · December 1, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorials

Yes, chapel needs grounding, but keep it online

Letter-to-the-editorI wholeheartedly agreed with most of Professor Richard Smith’s article, which outlined a game plan to give theological grounding to our chapel program and education — except one thing. He suggested that chapel services should no longer be broadcast and stored online in order to focus “on the spiritual needs […]

by · December 1, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorials
‘Is chapel really worth the bang for our buck?’

‘Is chapel really worth the bang for our buck?’

Why chapel is still worth attendingBy Jimmy Schantz | Contributor Dear Taylor community, as a fellow paying customer of this university, I realize that going here would be a rather poor investment if I were to gain knowledge (and dare I say experiences) here that were only to be applied […]

by · November 17, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorials
Race is the cancer we must address

Race is the cancer we must address

Student reads ‘race rash’ piece from the Civil Rights tripBy Rachel Campbell | Contributor This past weekend, I had the privilege of going on the Civil Rights trip. While we were riding on the bus watching a documentary about people’s lives torn apart for the sake of the movement, a […]

by · November 17, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorials

Conversations on race require clarity

Let’s not let misunderstandings divide usBy Alex Berends | Contributor Is racial tension a rash we shouldn’t scratch or a failing organ urgently demanding attention? That depends on how we answer the question, “Does (or should) race matter?” One complicating factor in collective efforts to answer that question is ambiguity […]

by · November 17, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorials
Professor challenges lack of theological rationale

Professor challenges lack of theological rationale

The chapel gauntlet has been thrown down; will anyone pick it up?By Richard Smith | Faculty Contributor The other day, I read Hoback Fisher’s “Chapel: a letter from a concerned student” regarding the chapel program at Taylor. I was immediately struck that we had a student who was insightful, articulate […]

by · November 17, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorials

‘A rash is a sign that something is wrong’

Divided neighborhoods call for healing conversationsBy Ty Kinter | Contributor James Baldwin, African American writer, once stated, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Last week in The Echo, there was an opinion piece that argued racism will end if […]

by · November 17, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorials