“Parables Hymn Sing” – Matthew Hunsberger

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Parables, University Chapels.

Listen to a  hymn sing of songs suggested by students, faculty and staff that are inspired by the theme of Parables. (Parables: everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview,sense of self and God, without providing easy answers.)

The selected songs will be based on parables or stories from scripture or from the lives of students, faculty and staff. They may be songs from a particular moment in such a way that it helped to confront a worldview or sense of self and God. They may be songs that were given by someone in a moment of need – or perhaps a song used for a significant life event or the life of someone close that has continued to be meaningful.

Significance of Crismons

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.

Led by Worship and Liturgy class students Darin Buse’, Terry Hendricks, Sarah Payne, and Larry Friedland.

“Parable of the Great Banquet” – Matt Schwartz ’06

& Parables, University Chapels.

Parables – everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers. Join Matt Schwartz, Pastor at Eastside Church, as he shares about the Parable of the Great Banquet, from Matthew 22:1-14. Parables is the campus ministry theme for the year.

“Demetrius the Prophet” – Matt Weaver

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.

“Demetrius the Prophet: A Sailing Acts course engagement and response”

Message by Matt Weaver based on Acts 19:21-41

Chapel: Washington Community Scholars’ Center

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

Hear reflections from the WCSC interns on what’s been happening in D.C. this semester. The EMU Wind Ensemble opens chapel with the song Parable by Elliot Del Borgo.

“Use It or Lose It: What Will You Do With Your Gifts?”

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.


Matthew 25: 14-30
Led by Worship and Liturgy class students Larry Aikens, Julie Nitzsche, Kevin Poeckert and Andrea Yoder.

“How Can I Respond to Privilege?” – Reverend Walt Ghant

& DORD, University Chapels.

How can I respond to privilege? Engage this question through a sermon from Rev. Walt Ghant, pastor of Union Baptist Church in Waynesboro and Associate Director of Community Service Learning at JMU. This chapel is part of the Dialogue on Race and Diversity series.

“Parable of the Good Samaritan” – Linford Stutzman

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Parables, University Chapels.


Join Linford Stutzman, Professor of Culture and Mission, in diving into the parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:29-37, in search of meaning for us and our context. Parables is the campus ministry theme for the year.

Parables – everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers.

“Jesus Was Lord?”

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.

“Jesus Was Lord?” (Romans 10:5-13)

Led by the Worship and Liturgy class students: Maria Hosler Byler, Pete Geoffrion, Ben Lalka, Gordon Meriwether and Bob Talbott.

Suter Science Seminar with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Other Speaking Events.


I Shall Not Hate: A Journey of Hope through Faith, Tolerance, and Courage

Dr. Abuelaish is a Palestinian medical doctor and infertility specialist who has dedicated his life to peace in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. He was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize for three consecutive years. Born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, he has overcome hardships of poverty and violence to become one of the most prominent educators and public speakers on peace and development in the Middle East. Dr. Abuelaish received his elementary and secondary educations in the refugee camp in Jabalia, Gaza. He eventually garnered a scholarship to attend medical school at the University of Cairo. He obtained a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynecology with the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia in collaboration with the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of London. He went on to earn his Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Policy and Management at Harvard University. Dr. Abuelaish was the first Palestinian doctor to receive a staff position at an Israeli hospital. For many years, he worked as a senior researcher at the Gertner Institute in Sheba hospital in Israel. Currently, Dr. Abuelaish is an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is the Founder and President of the Daughters for Life Foundation, a Canadian charity that provides awards and scholarships to young women in the Middle East, in memory of his three daughters.

Dr. Abuelaish has had the opportunity to experience the impacts of conflict in countries around the world, working as both an insider and outsider to conflict. This has led him to consider doctors as peace-makers by the moral doctrine of their profession. Dr. Abuelaish has been an important figure in Israeli-Palestinian relations for years, working in Israeli hospitals, treating Israeli and Palestinian patients with the full belief that health is an engine for the journey to peace. In his presentation, Dr. Abuelaish will discuss further how his work as a healthcare practitioner mobilizes health as a tool for peace.