College Student Weekend

Jul 10, 2020 to Jul 12, 2020
This weekend event encourages and equips Anabaptists who are attending college and university.

topics & speakers in 2019 included

  • Enticed Into Yourself: Reflections on Spiritual (de)Formation  Jonas Sauder & Kyle Stoltzfus
  • The Scientific Study of Nature: A Journey Towards Unbelief or God?  Phillip Martin
  • Being a Science Ambassador in a Non-scientific Church  John Mark Kuhns
  • A Christian Perspective on Bioethics   Ryan Hoover

Registration is required for the event. Registrations will be reviewed in April, May, and June, and registrants will be notified by email after their registrations 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 college students 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 multiple 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. To attend, registration is required.