Hesston College students ignite passion for global peacebuilding


by Larry Bartel for Hesston College and available here

2023 MCC-UN seminar participants Jessica Raharjo, Larry Ruffin and Rylee Weishaupt with advisor John Murray. Photo credit Larry Bartel for Hesston College

Hesston College students Rylee Weishaupt, Larry Ruffin and Jessica Raharjo stepped up to learn what they can do to bring peace to warring nations and the world by participating in the annual Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Student Seminar titled “Peacebuilding: Does the UN matter?”.

Held in New York City earlier this month, the seminar focused on the roles of MCC and the UN in the restoration of peace among nations and why that work is essential. Students attended presentations about the actions both organizations are taking in response to recent worldwide conflicts. Students also had the opportunity to participate in powerful devotional sessions with MCC East Coast Executive Director Hyacinth Stevens and Rev. Dionne P. Boissiere, chaplain of the Church Center for the United Nations. The devotional sessions discussed the absence of peace in the world and the duty of Christians to promote peacebuilding.

John Murray, Hesston College director of international admissions, arranged this opportunity for students so they could see these issues from different perspectives.

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