Eastern Mennonite University

Spiritual Life at EMU

EMU envisions a learning community marked by academic excellence, creative process, professional competence, and passionate Christian faith, offering healing and hope in our diverse world. To this end, we commit ourselves to:

do justice,
love mercy,
and walk humbly
with God.

Read the EMU mission statement and community lifestyle commitment as you consider how to serve Christ on campus.

Together we worship God two times a week during chapel services that are planned by campus pastors and student pastoral assistants. Many students meet on Sunday nights for a time of celebration praise worship led by students. Gospel choir meets weekly and leads worship on and off campus.

To help plan and lead chapel and other campus worship services, complete the chapel participation form.

Prayer life is fostered on campus in a variety of ways. Prayer rooms are available in Northlawn and Maplewood Residence Halls and the seminary building. A prayer labyrinth is located near the gazebo on the hill just above the seminary building.

Each residence hall is staffed with a ministry assistant who facilitates a weekly small group Bible study, sharing time or service activity. Spiritual Life Week is held each semester.

EMU's distinctive cross-cultural program stretches students in their faith formation while immersed in the study and experience of a new culture.

Many students incorporate their interest in service, ministry and outreach by joining the Young People's Christian Association (YPCA) and participating in community learning.

EMU professors integrate their faith with instruction, administrators lead from Anabaptist Mennonite beliefs, campus pastors provide encouragement, nurture for faith formation and pastoral care leading to healing and hope.

Grow in your faith by participating in a local congregation, doing a summer of Ministry Inquiry Program, being in a small group or getting involved in other ways.

Eastern Mennonite Seminary, the University's graduate level theological program, also offers opportunities to explore pastoral ministry. All students are welcome to attend classes, lectures, conferences and chapel services hosted by the seminary.