Play gives Bethel student words to express her desire for peace

Posted in In the Media, News and Updates on July 24, 2013 by .

Originally posted at Bethel College News & Events
By Melanie Zuercher

Renee Reimer in My Name is Rachel Corrie, 2013

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – About two-and-a-half years ago, Renee Reimer, senior from Sioux Falls, S.D., came back from a journey through Israel and Palestine profoundly changed.

“Being there really opened my eyes to a different view on the world,” she says. “I saw the conflict up close and was able to decide for myself how I felt about it, rather than having the media shape my opinion.”

Reimer was part of a January 2011 interterm group that included other Bethel students as well as local pastors and community members.

After returning to Kansas, Reimer, a music and education major with interest and experience in theater, struggled with how to express the things she was thinking and feeling. Then her theater professor, Megan Upton-Tyner, handed her the script for My Name is Rachel Corrie.

Reimer sat down and read the script straight through. Then she read it again.

“I wanted so badly to say the things [Rachel] said,” Reimer told an audience at Phoenix 2013, the Mennonite Church USA biennial convention, “but I wasn’t able to do it as beautifully and poetically as she did.” Continue reading the full article.