Eastern Mennonite University

Spring 2007

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OurFaith Editor Retires

Eugene Souder ‘51 , is retiring as editor of OurFaith, a tabloid-style journal issued each March, August and November to 50,000 households.

Souder, 79, helped found the journal six years ago to promote a Mennonite perspective on faith, family and mission. He previously worked as director of print publications for the weekly radio program “The Mennonite Hour.”

He also edited Together, a quarterly tabloid for Mennonite churches in 20 states, and Living, another Mennonite magazine.

Other EMU alums active in OurFaith are Paul M. Schrock ‘58, board chair, Gerald Brunk ‘59, vice chair, John Bomberger ’77, MAR ’92, and Myron Augsburger ’55, ThB ‘58, a founder of OurFaith. A search is underway for Souder’s successor.

Baseball Bats on Auction

EMU will auction off two signed Major League Baseball bats starting May on www.eBay.com, with proceeds going directly to help the baseball team finance improvements to the baseball complex.

The bidding will end May 8.

Each bat is MLB regulation size and features one signature on the barrel. One bat is signed by Ryan Howard, National League Most Valuable Player and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman, while the other bat is signed by All-Star second baseman and Phillies teammate, Chase Utley.

The bats are gifts from Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. Manuel, along with Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguer Erik Kratz ’03, participated in a benefit dinner Jan. 3 that helped to raise $3,000 for the installation of new infield grass and dugout renovation on the EMU baseball field.

“I hope EMU’s supporters, especially those in the Philadelphia area, will enthusiastically participate in the bidding on eBay,” said athletics director Dave King.

“The funds raised will be used to upgrade EMU’s baseball fields to the current standards of Division III baseball.”

Boston Baritone Praises Bach Festival

Thomas Jones, Bach FestivalAfter the 2006 Bach Festival, President Loren Swartzendruber received this written message from one of the featured singers, a baritone soloist named Thomas Jones:

“I teach voice through The Office for the Arts at Harvard University and encounter college students and that collegiate environment on a daily basis. It was refreshing to be on your gracious campus. I have told many about this wonderful university and this gem of a summer music festival set in the splendid scenery of western Virginia.”

This year’s Bach Festival is June 0-7, 2007, the 5th year of this “extraordinary” event.

You’ll be able to meet Thomas Jones in person – he is returning as a featured soloist. Details at www.emu.edu/bach.

Stewardship Book Goes Global

Stewardship for All?, subtitled Two Believers – One From a Poor Country, One From a Rich – Speak From Their Settings, is the 2006 selection for the “global Anabaptist-Mennonite shelf of literature” by Mennonite World Conference.

Bedru Hussein, MDiv ’00, of Ethiopia and Lynn Miller of the United States wrote the bulk of the book. Hussein explains how the Ethiopian Mennonite (Meserete Kristos) Church sustained itself and grew into one of the biggest Mennonite communities in the world after the government-forced departure of North American missionaries.

Stewardship for All? is available from the EMU bookstore or from the publisher at www.GoodBooks.com.

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