“Swept Away: An Adventure Tale for Millennials” – Dr. Mary Helen Washington

& University Chapels.

Mary Helen Washington was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1975, when she was appointed Director of Black Studies at the University of Detroit, she has studied, taught, and written about African American literature. In addition to the University of Detroit, she has taught at St. John College of Cleveland, Harvard Divinity School, Wellesley College, Mills College, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and is currently Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. from University of Detroit, 1976.

Her recent publications include The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s (Columbia University Press, 2014). With this book, Washington explores the impact of the Left, the Communist Party, and the U.S. government spying operations on African American literature and culture during the Cold War. Focused on six major African American writers and artists of the 1950s, this study shows how their Left affiliations enabled them to shape an aesthetic that maintained traditions of race radicalism and literary experimentation.

“Regional and Age-Dependent Variability in Calcium Channels in the Striatum” – Greta Ann Herin

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Colloquium Series.

For the October University Colloquium address, Dr. Greta Ann Herin presents on “Regional and Age-dependent Variability in Calcium Dependent Inactivation of Calcium Channels in the Striatum.”

Parable of Two Men Praying – Dr. Myron Augsburger

& Parables, University Chapels.


Parables – everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers. Join President Emeritas Myron Augsburger in diving into the parable of two men who went to the temple to pray in search of meaning for us and our context. Parables is the campus ministry theme for the year.

“Off the Lampstand and Into the World” – Charlie Tinsley

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

Charlie Tinsley, a Methodist student at EMS, brings the message to Chapel Gathering.  His message, based on the gospel passage from John 1:5, 9-13, is entitled, “Off the Lampstand and Into the World: Taking the Light into Areas of Darkness.”

Homecoming Chapel – “And the Two Shall Become One” – Dr. Donald Oswald ’75

& University Chapels.

Viewing work and spiritual formation as two distinct activities, we try with little success to make them consistent. If we can recognize that they are not two things but that they are already one, that they rise from one common impetus, we may find that both are enhanced.

Donald Oswald, director of diagnostics and research at Commonwealth Autism Service in Richmond, Virginia, is EMU’s Alumnus of the Year for 2014. Under Oswald’s leadership, the clinic has become a model in the Mid-Atlantic as a training site for interdisciplinary teams that wish to provide an assessment for children who might be diagnosed with autism.

“Transformation Dynamics of Clinical Pastoral Education”

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

Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, led by students from the Summer 2014 CPE class.

“Life Beyond the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting – One Light Still Shines” – Marie Monville

& Other Speaking Events.

In an evening lecture, Marie Monville shares from her book, One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting.

“No matter how tragic your circumstances, your life is not a tragedy. It is a love story. And in your love story, when you think all the lights have gone out, one light still shines.” – Marie Monville

This became the anthem to Marie’s life when on October 2, 2006, her then husband made a decision to hold an Amish school house hostage, forever changing life as she knew it. This is Marie’s testimony. On her darkest day, Marie simply chose to believe that HE IS. Marie ministers the truth of God’s love: it is deep enough to heal any wound, strong enough to break all bondage, and it brings life to the broken and light to those in darkness. She will inspire you to dive deep into a passionate, transformative love relationship with God.

“One Light Still Shines” – Marie Monville

& University Chapels.

Marie Monville shares from her book, One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting.

“No matter how tragic your circumstances, your life is not a tragedy. It is a love story. And in your love story, when you think all the lights have gone out, one light still shines.” – Marie Monville

This became the anthem to Marie’s life when on October 2, 2006, her then husband made a decision to hold an Amish school house hostage, forever changing life as she knew it. This is Marie’s testimony. On her darkest day, Marie simply chose to believe that HE IS. Marie ministers the truth of God’s love: it is deep enough to heal any wound, strong enough to break all bondage, and it brings life to the broken and light to those in darkness. She will inspire you to dive deep into a passionate, transformative love relationship with God.

“So you want to be a neighbor?” – Ron Byler

& University Chapels.

Ron Byler helps to launch the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale with a presentation on Jesus’ interchange with the lawyer in Luke 10 and the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

Ron Byler serves as Executive Director of Mennonite Central Committee US (MCC). MCC is a global, nonprofit organization that strives to share God’s love and compassion for all through relief, development and peace.

“Christianity without consequence: Called to a ministry of reconciliation” – J. Ron Byler

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

“Christianity without consequence: Called to a ministry of reconciliation,”
II Corinthians 5:16-20. J. Ron Byler, Mennonite Central Committee US Executive Director.

April 2014 marked 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda and Burundi.  Two of the most Christianized countries in Africa became the place where Christians killed other Christians.  What can we learn from this experience about the ministry of reconciliation we are called to, in Africa and in the United States?