FALL 2014
In this issue

Greetings, Haverim!

– Peter Dula, chair

Students in Action

Faculty Comings & Goings

Peter Dula – attended “Confessional Improvisation: Wittgenstein and Cavell after Augustine,” a Young Faculty Workshop at Princeton’s Center of Theological Inquiry June 9-13. He presented “To Put Away Childish Things: I Corinthians 13 in Cavell’s Memoir.” He also gave a paper on Alain Epp Weaver’s Mapping Exile and Return at the American Academy of Religion in San Diego in November.

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Nancy Heisey – October 27-28, Nancy made presentations in Lancaster, PA, to Young Anabaptist Historians, “Giants in the Earth,” and “The Questionable Past and the Brethren in Christ” at Messiah College. General topic: The diaries and letters of twentieth century Mennonite and Brethren in Christ mission and service workers provide rich reflective material that move my work in early Christian studies behind and beyond early Christian “fathers.” My sister M.J. Heisey and I were presenting together the background to our forthcoming book on Elsie Bechtel.

Carmen Schrock-Hurst – spoke at the Nov.14 VA Mennonite Pastor’s Consultation on the Bible, reflecting briefly on the challenges of teaching Bible to an increasingly Biblically illiterate student body. On Dec. 5, 19 students from Carmen’s Spiritual Formation class took part in an all day retreat at Camp Overlook. Small group leaders Lana Miller, EMU undergraduate campus pastor, Jason Gerlach, associate pastor at Community Mennonite Church, and Dawn Monger, associate pastor at Lindale Mennonite helped to facilitate the day’s retreat.

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Haverim Breakfast 2014

Check out our MIP webpage for student reflections on their experiences last summer and for links to their chapel services. We are recruiting now for MIP students for this summer. Let know if you are aware of a current student who you believe would benefit from the MIP experience.

Hanna Heishman, 20xx ___ major …

Chris Parks, 20xx ___ major …

Nathanael Ressler, 2016 Biblical Studies major …

Even Knappenberger, 2015 Philosophy & Theology major …

Note: Evan participated in a summer internship program patterned after MIP _____ He writes…

Thanks to Haverim for partially underwriting the cost of an all-day spiritual formation retreat for 24 students in the Spiritual Formation class fall semester. Haverim funds were also used to provide a small stipend for three local pastors who each met weekly with a group of six students from this class. Student evaluations from the class consistently rate the retreat and the small groups as high points of their learning experience.

Corben Boshart (Biblical Studies, 2013) – After graduating I moved back to my home community to take some time to figure out my future plans. Throughout the year, I’ve been working at the local Mennonite nursing home in Kalona, IA. Its been one way to stay working in a missional place while discerning where I should direct my life next.

I’ve spent a good amount of time considering a call to ministry and what form that could take. One idea I’ve discussed with church mentors is the possibility of becoming a pastor. So with that in mind I’ve done my best to immerse myself at my home church- becoming a youth group leader, worship leader and engaging with our church in a period of congregational conflict. These have been ways for me to gain more experience with congregational life and to get a sense for what the church in North America can look like on an everyday level while I ponder what form my ministry might take.

In late May through June, I went with the EMU contingent that spent three weeks in Iran attending conferences and traveling. At the beginning of the trip, I had been pondering graduate school and was leaning towards attending AMBS. On the trip, however, I met a number of professors and students from CMU whom I was impressed with. I thought their knowledge, passion, interpersonal nature, and ability to articulate their faith were all notable attributes for one group to share in common. So after the trip ended in June, I drove up to Winnipeg to visit the campus and was again impressed with the university’s vision and emphasis on its bible and religion department. As a result, I’ve settled on studying there in the fall. I see it as a great place for me to continue to discern my call while building my personal capacity and resources for a life in ministry. I’m not sure if I mentioned this in my first e-mail, but I’ll plan on earning my masters in theology while there.

Of course joy more than duty motivates me to let you know I was ordained by Central Plains Mennonite Conference on November 9th with Salem Mennonite Church (“South Church” of Freeman, SD).

Nicholas Detweiler-Stoddard (Biblical Studies, 2007)

While at EMU, EMS and in the 2.5 years since I didn’t care much for set-apart leadership credentials. But in my first years of pastoral experience, the licensing process and ordination interview preparations I was surprised to find myself not only grudgingly accepting the practice of ordination, but eager for it. The Nov. 9 worship service and reception following turned out to be an unexpectedly emotional and meaningful experience.

A big thank you is in order to both the undergraduate B&R department and the seminary body, faculty and staff for playing critical and compassionate roles in a 14-year journey toward ordination (that’s half my life!).

Photo: the blessing with CPMC Conf. Ministers Dave Boshart, Tim Detweiler and the Salem Deacons

Russell Pyle (Philosophy & Theology, 2003) – I have just finished my first year of my Phd in Counselor Education at the University of New Mexico. I have made the following presentations this year:
-Buddhist Psychology (EMU Homecoming, 2013)
-Incorporating Wellness Factors in Counselor Supervision (Shared Learning Conference, UNM, 2013)
-The Broken Compass: The inter-relationship between faith and trauma (Association of Humanistic Counseling Conference, 2014, to be presented in June)
-Counseling Supervision from an EcoWellness Perspective (Association of Humanistic Counseling Conference, June, 2014)

Margaret Southerington (Culture, Religion and Mission, 2004) ‘m living and working in England now, living in a small mission community house in the city of Birmingham. It’s a really neat set-up, really. It’s linked with a Christian organization called Lee Abbey, and the idea is to have a household of Christians who live, share, and pray regularly together, living deliberately in inner city areas around the UK to be a Christian presence and try to make an impact in the community around us. We work normal jobs to support ourselves while we do this, and as I’ve just moved here about a month and a half ago, I’m still searching for a place to work while I’m here. I’ve found a part time youth pastor position in a church.

What have you been doing since leaving EMU? We’d enjoy hearing from you!

We are now located in Roselawn on the south end of the third floor. In mid-October we moved into the newly renovated and amazingly transformed residence hall. Come visit us!