“Mary’s Way” – Nancy Heisey

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

“Mary’s Way”

Dr. Nancy Heisey–Eastern Mennonite Seminary Associate Dean, EMU Professor of Biblical Studies and Church History.

Nancy has worked as a teacher and an administrator first at Mennonite Central Committee and since 1999 at EMU. Her lifelong professional and churchly involvement with Mennonites and Brethren in Christ around the world, and her research interests in early Christianity, shape her reading and research into approaches to biblical interpretation. She enjoys singing, listening to birds, and long slow walks.

“Lynyrd, Loretta, and Handel Lead Heavenward: Music in Ron Rash’s World Made Straight.” – Marti Eads

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Colloquium Series.


Dr. Marti Eads, professor of literature, kicks off this year’s University Colloquium series an intriguing lecture: “Lynyrd, Loretta, and Handel LeadHeavenward: Music in Ron Rash’s World Made Straight.”

“Grounded in Christ?” – Michele Hershberger

& Grounded, University Chapels.

Grounded in Christ? In today’s world? Michele Hershberger helps us explore what is so compelling and timely about being Grounded in Christ. This chapel contributes to the Grounded in Christ chapel series inspired by Ephesians 3:14-21.

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Michele Hershberger teaches Bible and ministry at Hesston College, Hesston, KS. She was a keynote speaker for the 2015 Mennonite Church USA Convention and is a frequent resource person for other church conferences and events.

“Plastic Jesus – the comfortable Jesus”- Cyneatha Millsaps

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

“Plastic Jesus – the comfortable Jesus” Luke 4:16-30
Theme: The Plastic Jesus, ways in which we try and make Jesus and the gospel into what works for us.

Cyneatha Millsaps, Lead Pastor of Community Mennonite Church in Markham, IL. and Multicultural Liaison and Consultant for Multicultural Affairs for the Illinois Mennonite Conference

“Cross-cultural Music & Worship”

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

An International Education Week inspired service featuring cross-cultural music and worship.

“Jubilee: The Bible’s Vision for a Just Economy” – Shane Claiborne & Andrew Hanauer

& Other Speaking Events.

Shane Claiborne, author, activist and Co-Founder of Red Letter Christians, speaks on Jubilee: The bible’s Vision for a Just Economy along with Andrew Hanauer, Campaigns Director of Jubilee USA Network.
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty.

Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, his classic The Irresistible Revolution and his newest book, Executing Grace. He has been featured in a number of films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame.

Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe.
Andrew Hanauer is the Campaigns Director at Jubilee USA. Andrew represents Jubilee in policy meetings with the White House, Congress, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. He serves on steering committees at the United Nations and with the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency coalition. Andrew’s views on poverty and economic policy appear in news outlets including Al Jazeera, Pacifica Radio, Common Dreams and The Washington Free Beacon.

Summer Cross-culturals – Quebec, Local Context, Washington D.C.

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear brief reflections from the summer cross-cultural groups that spent time in Quebec, Harrisonburg, and Washington, D.C.

“GROUNDED” – Campus Ministries Team

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Grounded, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

What does it mean to be GROUNDED!? How about Grounded in Christ? Pastoral Assistants and Campus Pastors Lana Miller and Brian Martin Burkholder open this chapel series with scripture, song, dance, reflection and an opportunity for a symbolic “grounding” through planting pansies just outside Lehman Auditorium and around campus.

…and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are rooted and grounded in love._ Ephesians 3:14-21

“Communion in Chaos” — Jessamyn Tobin

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Jessamyn Tobin, ’16 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University where she studied Social Work, Pre-Law and Political Studies.

Artist Statement:

“I believe that we are profoundly connected to one another, to the universe around us, and to our Creator. My artwork has been a way for me to encounter light and unity in times of darkness and celebrate One who makes all things new. In my work, I seek to display that there is Holy Order in what appears to be chaos and give an expression of the Divine Essence that lives in all things, despite the brokenness of our world.”

Summer Cross-culturals – Lithuania and Myanmar

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear brief reflections from the summer cross-cultural groups that spent time in Lithuania and Myanmar.