“Working the Soil” – Loren Swartzendruber

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

President Swartzendruber addresses the campus community drawing from Matthew 13:1-9

This service concludes with a  time of sending for the cross-cultural seminar group departing for SE Balkans: Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

“Recognizing Jesus when Phone Booths Vanish” –Dr. Michael King

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Seminary.

Seminary Dean, Dr. Michael King, opens the EMS fall semester with his convocation address, “Recognizing Jesus when Phone Booths Vanish.” 

King writes:

When I saw a PBS video on seminaries posted under a heading that asked if what we teach is repairing phone booths, that caught my attention. Maybe because I turn 60 next month, I remember phone booths! Are seminaries, universities, congregations, denominations doing the equivalent of teaching phone booth repairs even though cell phones long ago made them obsolete?

I’ll ponder this at Eastern Mennonite Seminary convocation Tuesday morning, August 26, at 11:00 in Martin Chapel, seminary building second
floor.

I’ll ask whether pointers for moving beyond phone booth repairs might be found in that memorable story of followers of Jesus ruminating on his
death with a stranger. They don’t realize they’re discussing with Jesus the absence of Jesus.

Do we similarly fail to recognize Jesus? If so, are there fresh ways we can live, theologize, educate, structure our churches to meet Jesus
precisely where we think he’s absent? As EMU discerns hiring policy for persons in same-sex relationships, might we even gently help each other
learn to see Jesus across our divided understandings of right and wrong?

If you’re interested in exploring with us how through meeting Jesus anew we might do more than repair phone booths, we warmly welcome you.
Blessings -Michael A. King, seminary dean

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00. 

“Storytelling” — Faculty/Staff Conference

& Faculty/Staff Conference, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

During the 2014 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference, several EMU Faculty and Staff share stories about serving/leading: 

Linda Gnagey

Ann Hershberger

Jason Lewkowicz

Lynn Veurink

Dee Weikle

Faculty/Staff Conference – John Stahl-Wert: “To Serve and Lead”

& Faculty/Staff Conference.

John Stahl-Wert continues to engage the theme of “Serve and Lead” in this year’s Faculty/Staff Conference.  The theme is derived from a line of the  the Eastern Mennonite University mission statement.

Dr. John Stahl-Wert (EMU ’81)is an entrepreneur, CEO, and Leadership Mentor. John founded a number of initiatives in the Pittsburgh area, including  Serving Ventures and Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PLUS. He has authored a number of books including international best-sellers. A City Transformation Champion from 1994 to 2012, John served and led Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, a 35-year-old city transformation agency dedicated to the renewal and flourishing of the culture of Pittsburgh. This work included founding the International Training Institute for Leadership Foundations, a 50-city Leadership Foundation organization working for city flourishment, business and civic excellence, and community development world-wide.

John is married to Milonica (EMU ’81) and father to Emma (EMU ’11) and Clara.

 

Faculty/Staff Conference – John Stahl-Wert: “A Global Context”

& Faculty/Staff Conference.

In this opening session of the annual Fall Faculty/Staff Conference, we welcomed John Stahl-Wert to engage the theme of “Serve and Lead.”  The theme is derived from a line of the  the Eastern Mennonite University mission statement

Dr. John Stahl-Wert (EMU ’81)is an entrepreneur, CEO, and Leadership Mentor. John founded a number of initiatives in the Pittsburgh area, including  Serving Ventures and Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PLUS. He has authored a number of books including international best-sellers. A City Transformation Champion from 1994 to 2012, John served and led Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, a 35-year-old city transformation agency dedicated to the renewal and flourishing of the culture of Pittsburgh. This work included founding the International Training Institute for Leadership Foundations, a 50-city Leadership Foundation organization working for city flourishment, business and civic excellence, and community development world-wide.
John is married to Milonica (EMU ’81) and father to Emma (EMU ’11) and Clara.

2014 Commencement

& 2014 Commencement, Commencement, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers.

EMU celebrates the University’s 95th Annual Commencement.  2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee offers the Commencement address.  Graduate perspectives are shared by Chaska Yoder, Aaron Erb, Becky Serra, and Qaiser Ahmed.

2014 Baccalaureate

& 2014 Commencement, Commencement, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers.

EMU celebrates the University’s 96th Annual Commencement in this Baccalaureate Service. Dr. Carolyn Stauffer, assistant professor of applied social sciences, addresses the graduates with her speech titled “The Secret Life of Accidental Heroes”.  Senior class co-presidents Kari Denlinger and Brendan Erb offer Senior Class Salutations.

“Cords of Distinction” Ceremony 2014

& 2014 Commencement, Commencement, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

The Cords of Distinction award honors the efforts of graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the university, community or society.

The Blue cord represents strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution; also willingness and openness to share thoughts and ideas.

The Gold cord represents love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university community in which all can take part; gold is also the color of achievement.

This years recipients of the Cords of Distinction are:

-Christine Baer, major in Peacebuilding & Development, Environmental Sustainability, from Elizabethtown, PA

-Aaron Erb, major in Peacebuilding & Development, from Harrisonburg, VA

-Laura Glick, major in Social Work, from Lancaster, PA

-Nicole Groff, major in Biology, from Lancaster, PA

-Ardi Hermawan, major in Nursing, from Parsurvan, Indonesia

-Rose Jantzi, major in Liberal Arts/Elementary Education, from Harrisonburg, VA

-Litza Laboriel, major in Social Work, from Trujillo, Honduras

-Krista Nyce, major in Psychology, from Harrisonburg, VA

-Melody Tobin, major in Liberal Arts/Elementary Education, from Harrisonburg, VA

-Brandon Waggy, major in Peacebuilding & Development, Biblical Studies, from South Bend, IN

2014 Seminary Commencement

& 2014 Commencement, Commencement, Seminary.

Eastern Mennonite Seminary celebrates the 65th Annual Commencement with an address by Elizabeth Soto Albrecht, Moderator of MCUSA and Coordinator of field education, Lancaster Theological Seminary.

2014 Nurses’ Pinning

& 2014 Commencement, Commencement, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers.

The Spring semester nursing graduates celebrate the completion of their Nursing degrees in this traditional pinning ceremony.  Ann Hershberger offers advice and reflections for the graduates.