Corrections & Conversation
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FROM THE EDITOR
The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Houghton generated a healthy amount of feedback, some of which is highlighted here. I appreciate the way alumni from across the decades responded with words of affirmation and encouragement as well as disagreement and frustration. Letters, comments, corrections and suggestions for Houghton may be submitted online, by postal mail or by email. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, clarity and style.
–Jeff Babbitt ’96
We make every effort to ensure that information presented within this publication is accurate and timely. The following correction is for the 2013 Fall/Winter Issue of Houghton.
Rachel Wightman ’05 was mistakenly listed as Rachel (Wightman ’05) Conn under the Marriages section (page 16). Rachel did not change her name when she married Brian; we apologize for the oversight.
COMMENTS AND CONVERSATION
I was discouraged that you didn’t offer viewpoints that were more critical of Common Core and the Affordable Care Act in the most recent edition of the Houghton magazine. I felt like it was agenda-driven material. There are a number of Houghton grads who hold to a more conservative ideology and we’d like to see articles that reflect that worldview as well.
Thank you for your consideration.
Bob Price ’97
Painted Post, New York
Thank you for the article about Joseph Sedu Mans in the “In Memoriam” section in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue. While I was attending Houghton, I served a small Methodist church in Garwoods, New York. I had met Sedu as a member of Mrs. McMillen’s Bible Introduction class and invited him to speak at my church one Sunday. My wife-to-be was attending that service and recommitted her life to Christ that day. After the service, we were invited to the home of one of my church members for lunch. We had hardly entered the home when Sedu asked the husband if he had committed his life to Christ. It was clear he had one mission in life: to tell others of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Serving Jesus was his burning desire.
David E. Roe ’63
Dr. Mullen:I read your reflection column in the 2014 Spring/Summer Houghton magazine and it really struck a chord. I had never quite been able to put into words what the Houghton experience meant to me. So many formative events occurred there. I became serious about my faith and about learning. I discovered a love for public speaking and debating. Houghton (primarily through Dr. Lindley) prepared me for law school. I learned what it meant to live in community. But this idea about a place apart is what really resonates with me. That’s definitely the role that Houghton played in my life. We had more snow than sand, but it wasn’t all that different from Moses’ wilderness experience. I heard God’s voice at Houghton. I set my compass there. Even now, when I’m about to go through a grinding experience of some sort, I will pull away first and find a place apart to pray and to prepare my heart and soul. Jesus did that in the Garden. I will reconcile myself to God’s will for my life and then try to face the circumstances with courage, clarity and grace. I have always been struck by the fact that after he rose from his knees in the Garden, Jesus never flinched again.
Thanks again for such a thoughtful piece. As an alumnus, I appreciate your leadership. It is great to know that a place so important in my life is in good hands.
Randy Singer ’78
Virginia Beach, Virginia
The cover of the current issue of Houghton (Spring/Summer 2014) states that its focus is “viewpoints in education and health care.” Three articles are devoted to each. But there is no diversity in points of view: all three who write on education endorse the Common Core curriculum and all three who write on health care advocate equal “justice” for all, worldwide,regardless of diversity of economic circumstance or political environment. The use of the plural, “viewpoints,” is only apt in that two topics are considered; there is no diversity in respect to points of view, and the implication is that from a Christian perspective none is possible.
David C. Lachman ’61
After reading the latest Houghton magazine, I felt compelled to let you know how thrilled I was that Houghton students are participating in educational reforms as well as working toward social justice in health care. The articles written by educators concerning Common Core were informative; it is encouraging that there are teachers who truly care and are doing their best to find creative ways to meet the diverse needs of students. The article written by Dr. Glick was especially pertinent as I, too, struggle to care for my diverse population in an OB/GYN office in Charlotte, North Carolina. I certainly hope that we all can work toward justice in our health care system for all people.
Sage Brook ’66
Charlotte, North Carolina