“Hotep” – Black Student Union & Alpha Omega Dancers

& University Chapels.

Black Student Union leads the community gathered in a litany and prose on Hotep (peace).

“Where is God in this chaotic and hateful world?” – Billy Jones and Phil Yoder

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

“Where is God in this chaotic and hateful world?” or “Bad Fruit and the Watching Tree” Jeremiah 1:1-19 Preaching Class students. Billy Jones & Phil Yoder

“Grounded: Jesus on the Margins” – Celeste Thomas, Christi Hoover Seidel, and Matthew Hunsberger

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Grounded, Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

Spiritual Renewal Chapel – Grounded: Jesus on the Margins, prophetic voices – Celeste Thomas,  Christi Hoover Seidel, and Matthew Hunsberger

“Grounded: Jesus on the Margins” – Deborah Jian Lee

& Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist, radio producer and co-founder of One Book, One Church. She is the author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. Her book reporting has taken her to secret societies of LGBT Christians within conservative enclaves, social justice Christian communes and… Read more »

“Worshiping God as Mother” – Dr. Reta Halteman Finger

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

The Bible uses many metaphors for helping us understand and approach God. Today, in this chapel gathering,  we worship God through several female images.

“How My Faith Helps Keep Me Grounded” – Physical Education and Recreation

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

How does faith inform your area of study (major/minor) or chosen profession? Students were encouraged to gather during the chapel time for focused conversations/interactions with faculty members of their major or minor. This Physical Education and Recreation departmental chapel features reflections from Brittany Williams, Zach Roberts and Kristen Kirby.

“Why are Young Adults Leaving the Church?” – Ryan Ahlgrim

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

“Why Are Young Adults Leaving the Church?” …longing for God, looking for God (Psalm 42:1-5) Ryan Ahlgrim, Pastor First Mennonite Church of Richmond, VA Ryan Ahlgrim’s passion is to communicate an honest and persuasive faith in God. Wrestling with doubts since his teenage years, he has explored why we believe what we believe. A… Read more »

“A Lifetime for Civil Rights” – Bob Zellner

& University Chapels.

Receive challenge and inspiration from a civil rights mentor and lifelong activist calling us to faithfully confront racism and injustice – drawing from the wisdom of those who have gone before us. Even fifty years after the civil rights movement, the transition from son and grandson of Klansmen to field secretary of SNCC seems… Read more »

“What’s Stopping You?” – David Evans

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

Continuing the School for Leadership Training conversation: Dr. David Evans, Assistant Professor of History, Mission, Intercultural and Interfaith Studies, leads the Seminary Chapel Gathering in conversation about “neighboring” others, using the parable of the Good Samaritan. “What’s Stopping You.” …identify systems and institutions that make it difficult to draw near to people from different… Read more »

“Standing Rock Climate Justice”

& Creation Care, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Gather to shine the light of service to humanity through the lens of climate justice such was seen last year at Standing Rock. Join the forming EMU student Coalition for Climate Justice, for Native American prayers, singing, reflections and a call to action.