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Greta Lapp Klassen (she/her) grew up in Goshen, Ind., and recently graduated from Goshen College with majors in English and art and a minor in writing. Between high school and college, Greta did a service year in Bolivia with Mennonite Central Committee, living and working in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. While in college, Greta served as the executive editor of her school’s newspaper, The Record; during her time on staff, she wrote for every section of the paper (except sports), worked on the layout team, and contributed illustrations and comics. She also served as the English department’s Horswell Fellow for two years, organizing and running Goshen College’s in-house publishing press, Pinchpenny Press. She is passionate about reading and writing fiction, and she published a collection of short stories, A Prayer (for any God who finds themselves available), with Pinchpenny Press her senior year.

Greta was also involved in music during college, playing violin in the orchestra and singing in the upper voices choir. She was a leader of Goshen Monologues, a group that organizes an annual storytelling project inspired by Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and she won the 2022 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest for her speech “Humanizing Our World, One Walkway at a Time.” Last spring, she exhibited a series of six acrylic portraits for her senior art show, and enjoys painting, making collages, and perfecting her technique on the potter’s wheel when she has the time.

Greta also likes to bike, and in the summer of 2021, she rode across the country with the Anabaptist Climate Collaborative to spread awareness about climate change and learn how it is affecting different parts of the country. In her free time, she loves to swim, bake, and catch up on all the pop culture and pop music that she was woefully unaware of during her childhood (Recent discoveries include *NSYNC, One Direction, and Carly Rae Jepsen).

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I Was Arrested While Singing Hymns for Cease-Fire in Gaza

by Greta Lapp Klassen 02-28-2024

Mennonite protesters organize in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 16, 2024. Photo courtesy of Mennonite Action.

Earlier this year, I was arrested alongside more than a hundred other Mennonites in Washington, D.C., as we raised our voices in song, demanding that our elected officials call for a cease-fire in Gaza. Being a part of this act of peaceful civil disobedience, organized by Mennonite Action, gave me a sense of clarity about my faith that I had sought for years. As Capitol Police officers zip-tied my wrists behind my back, I sang louder and thought to myself: “This is what it means to be a Christian. This is what pacifism meant to my Mennonite ancestors.”

In ‘Dawn of the Nugget,’ No Chicken Is Free Until All Chickens Are Free

by Greta Lapp Klassen 01-26-2024

'Dawn of the Nugget,' Netflix

More than 23 years after the box office hit Chicken Run came out, Aardman Animations has finally released a sequel: Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget is a punny, thrilling, and slightly disturbing homage to the art of claymation, with abundant lessons about collective liberation, trauma, and parenting.