Why we love it…
Listed on this page are words from a few of The Pathways Institute's Students, Instructors and Volunteers.
We have found the Pathways courses in which we have participated over the past several years to be informative, challenging and inspiring. The classes provide opportunity for additional insights into a familiar subject we would like to explore further, or the chance to learn about a new topic of interest or curiosity.
~Wayne and Sandy Allen
No Tests! No grades! Reading seldom required! What a wonderful way to learn! I’ve had a love of learning all my life. After moving to Messiah Village, I was thrilled to hear about the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning. It’s been difficult to limit the choice of courses from the variety being offered. I’ve never been disappointed in all the classes I’ve taken. The absolutely top quality of professors and teachers is amazing. There is so much talent on campus and in the community. Two courses that were tours of the Army War College in Carlisle and the PA State Archives were places I never would/could have gone on my own. My first experience seeing a “live” ballet was from a class by Marcia Dale Weary and the follow-up performance of “Giselle.” Having Stuart Malina, Harrisburg Symphony maestro, present a piano concert for one class, was beyond expectation. Waiting each semester to see the new catalog of classes keeps us in suspense. Even my family starts asking, “What courses are you taking this time?” Pathways is another of the blessing of living at Messiah Village.
One of my most cherished insights from the Pathways classes came from Father Tim Hojnicki’s teaching on beliefs and practices of the Orthodox Church. He told us that in their wedding ceremonies, the pastor does not ask the couple to make promises (vows) to each other. Instead, the pastor reminds the couples that they can depend on God’s promises.
If I were in pastoral ministry again, I think I would add a greater emphasis on God’s promises–in the counseling sessions, and in the wedding ceremonies.
Anticipation-Spring and Fall Kick-off Presentations-What will be offered this term? Will my favorite presenters have a class? So much is added to my life with each semester!
Oh those delightful day trips and the extended trips to Quebec and Iceland! There are places I would not have been able to visit without the help of Pathways.
There is nothing as convincing as hearing the chatter of residents coming from a Pathways class saying, “I’m so glad I took this course.” Or “That instructor’s head is so full of additional information I would love to just chat a while.”
So many of the instructors are GREAT teachers! After a lifetime of teaching, and in retirement they have chosen to teach for Pathways. How privileged we are!
~Esther D. Snyder
I have been a member of the Pathways Institute since the spring semester of 2009 (except for spring 2011 when my husband was ill). I look forward each year to the wonderful and informative classes that are provided. The diversity and quality of the informed presenters is outstanding. I have a new appreciation of the history of our country from learning about the Revolutionary War, the French & Indian War, and the writing of the Constitution (I didn’t like history when I was in high school). I have learned about the Pennsylvania Canal System, Icons of the Orthodox Christian Church, and even all about chocolate. There is always something of interest to everyone each semester.
Pathways Institute has given an opportunity to continue my “teaching” after retirement. After teaching for 35 years, it is hard to think that what I have learned in those years would longer be used…
~John Luetzelschwab, Ph.D.