“Embodying Enoughness: The Practice of Paul’s Autarkeia” – Todd Wynward

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Todd Wynward, author, educator, small-scale farmer, wilderness trip leader and Mennonite minister for watershed discipleship affiliated with Albuquerque Mennonite Church..

Embodying Enoughness: The Practice of Paul’s “Autarkeia” Phillipians 4:12; 1 Timothy 6:8

How did the Apostle Paul learn the secret of being content in any situation, whether surrounded by scarcity or abundance? Todd invites us to discover more about the ancient Christian discipline of autarkeia—adaptive self-sufficiency in God.

“Rewilding the Way: Break Free to Follow an Untamed God” – Todd Wynward

& University Chapels.

Ancient desert prophets. Modern archaelogical discoveries. Age-old Christian schools of creative cultural defiance crafted in the wilderness. Could it be today’s tame Christianity is missing something vital? Could it be that spending time in wild places, unshackled from the comforts and constraints of dominant culture, is a necessary prerequisite to become the people God yearns for us to be? Is it time for us to become a new kind of human?

Todd Wynward, author, activist, educator, lives with his family in Taos, NM. When he is not re-imagining Christianity, Wynward is re-imagining public education and the American way of life, starting with his own. Locally he practices homesteading in the high desert, while nationally he works to galvanize movements in watershed discipleship, bioregional food covenants, and more-with-less living. He has been engaged in experiential education and social change movements for twenty years, and has spent more than a thousand nights outdoors. He is the founder of a wilderness-based public middle school, leads backpacking and river trips for adult seekers, and is an animating force behind TiLT, an intentional co-housing community. Patheos.com calls his novel The Secrets of Leaven a delicious mystery exploring deep questions. His writings and doings can be found at leavenrising.com.


How did Christianity become so tame?

God’s dream for human society is far wilder than we can imagine. So why are we so tied to the American Way of overconsumption, status-seeking, gadgetry, and fossil fuels, and how might we break free?

In Rewilding the Way, Todd Wynward rewilds Christianity by digging into prophetic Scriptures and the lessons of Christ to find instruction for redemptive rebellion and joyful enoughness. Wynward, who has spent more than one thousand nights outdoors, writes in the wilderness tradition of John the Baptist and Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound, to discover meaning in reasonable self-denial and hope in uncolonized spaces.

Drawing from writers like Bill McKibben and Joanna Macy and communities like New Monastics and the Anabaptists, Wynward offers inspiring ideas such as reskilling, local food covenants, relational tithes, co-housing, transition towns, and watershed discipleship to live faithfully in an era of climate change and cultural captivity. How can we recover from our affluenza? How can we raise families and also be radical disciples? How can we engage in society without being allegiant to it? With Rewilding Faith, gain encouragement to break free from the empire of Christendom and become the wild people God wants us to be.

“Writing Christ’s Letters to the World” – Dr. Darrell Guder

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Spiritual Life Week.

The Disciples’ Vocation

Seminary Spiritual Life Week Concludes – In collaboration with Virginia Mennonite Conference, Virginia Mennonite Missions, Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Dr. Darrell Guder, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theologies the guest speaker.

Interpretation and its Fates: Clinic and Culture

& Other Speaking Events.

We may not find it difficult to view interpretation as a way of making sense, but it may be more challenging to realize what else it may be. If “the age of interpretation is behind us,” as Jacques-Alain Miller has claimed, then what could it look like? What if interpretation has more than meaning to give? If not only for explanation, if not only for meaning, where could it lead us? Which is another way of asking: What are its fates? Join the Harrisonburg Center for Psychoanalysis consider these, and probably other questions, in this panel presentation.

“Equipping the Called and Sent Community” – Dr. Darrell Guder

& University Chapels.

Dr. Darrell Guder, visiting scholar of missiology, shares reflections on his faith and call story as it relates to his understanding of Christian mission. He is the primary resource person for Mission & Service Day.

Dr. Darrell Guder is the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at
Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, he served as a student outreach pastor and as a faculty member of the Karlshohe College in the German Lutheran Church. His writing and teaching focus on the theology of the missional church, especially the theological implications of the paradigm shift to post-Christendom as the context for Christian mission in the West. One of his major research interests is reading Karl Barth as a missional theologian. He has served as secretary-treasurer of the American Society of Missiology (ASM) and was president of the ASM from 2007-2008. His scholarly translations include Otto Weber, Foundations of Dogmatics (2 vols.); Eberhard JÃngel, God as the Mystery of the World; Karl Barth, The Theology of the Reformed Confessions (with Judith Guder; and Eberhard Busch, The Great Passion: An Introduction to the Theology of Karl Barth (with Judith Guder). He also coordinates the annual Barth Translators Seminar every June immediately following the annual Karl Barth conference.

“The Disciples’ Vocation” – Dr. Darrell Guder

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Spiritual Life Week.

The Disciples’ Vocation

Seminary Spiritual Life Week Begins – In collaboration with Virginia Mennonite Conference, Virginia Mennonite Missions, Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Dr. Darrell Guder, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theologies the guest speaker.

“From the halls of EMS to the halls of Washington” – Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

“From the halls of EMS to the halls of Washington”

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, Director of Mennonite Central Committee’s US Washington Office and an EMS alumna shares from Matthew 10: 16-20.

“Life from Brokenness” -Jolee Paden

& Student Speakers, University Chapels, Who do you say that I am?.

Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Senior Jolee Paden, Pastoral Assistant, explores the suffering that seeks our defeat while God wants it redeemed for His glory. She explores the story of Lazarus and the implications for our lives today as we have the opportunity to rise to new life.

This chapel is a part of the Campus Ministries series: Who do you say that I am?

“Reliving Our Traditions” – Carlos Galvan Alemán

& University Chapels.

Reviviendo Nuestras Tradiciones – Latino Heritage Month

Dr. Carlos Galvan Alemán, associate professor of Communication Studies at James Madison University, reflects on contemporary communication of Latino identities, and what it might mean to re-live the traditions of our families and cultures. Senior Alicia Ygarza opens chapel with a vocal solo and poet Marjorie Agosin reads from her work.

Dr. Carlos Galvan Alemán is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at James Madison University. He also serves as a JMU Professor in Residence at Thomas Harrison Middle School, where he develops activities and initiatives that empower minority and underserved students. He is most proud of collaborative work with partners in the community, notably EMU, toward developing the Shenandoah Valley Scholars’ Latino initiative (SLI) for high school Latinos.

Carlos grew up in the small, migrant farming town of Selma, CA, the seventh of nine children. The pursuit of a doctorate at the University of Iowa took him a long way from his Mexican-American home, but brought him closer to embracing the diversity of Latino cultures. He teaches subjects of interpersonal and cultural communication, theory and advocacy, discourse and identity, and cultural diversity. He enjoys writing with his partner, Dr. Melissa Alemán. Their auto-ethnographic work reflects on communication ritual and identity in multicultural and Latino families.

The Weight of Transgenerational Trauma – Dr. Marjorie Agosin

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Other Speaking Events.

“Transgenerational trauma” is trauma that is transferred from the first generation of trauma survivors to the second and further generations of offspring of the survivors via complex post-traumatic stress disorder mechanisms.

The descendant of Russian and Austrian Jews who perished in the Pogrom and the Holocaust, Dr. Marjorie Agosin’s family escaped from Vienna, Austria and immigrated to Chile, where she grew up until the family fled to the United States to escape the military coup that overthrew Salvador Allende.

Dr. Agosin has written poetry books about the Holocaust, (one book in particular through the eyes of Anne Frank,) and violent political repression in South America and how these traumas continue to inform her work. Her creative work is inspired by the theme of social justice as well as the pursuit of remembrance and the memorialization of traumatic historical events both in the Americas and in Europe.
Her writing reflects a strong sense of her Jewish and Chilean identities as well as strong faith in life and the resilience of her Jewish ancestors. Together these form her connection to the whole of humanity.

Dr. Agosin speaks about the “weight” of transgenerational trauma through her own experiences as well as the stories of women who have been resilient in the face of political and ethnic oppression throughout the world.