Homecoming

Homecoming Worship Service

& Homecoming.

Ken J. Nafziger and the EMU Chamber Singers lead the Homecoming Congregation in a service of worship and hearing the stories of this year’s alumni award honorees.

“Project Peanut Butter” – Martin Histand ’05

& Homecoming, University Chapels.

Martin Histand ’05 reflects on his experiences at EMU and with Mennonite Central Committee and how they informed working with Project Peanut Butter – a program addressing global malnutrition in children. Histand is being honored as Young Alum of the Year. During his time as a student and upon graduation from EMU in 2005,… Read more »

Homecoming Worship Service

& Homecoming.

In this worship celebration of song and scripture, Alum of the Year Tim Leaman (’93), Distinguished Service Award recipient Ezra T. Peachey (’54, Seminary ’56), and Outstanding Young Alum Isabel Castillo (’07) are recognized and share stories from their life and work.

“Buddhist Psychology” – Russell Pyle ’03

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Homecoming.

Russell James Pyle ’03, psychotherapist and PhD student in counselor education at the University of New Mexico, presents on Buddhist psychology. From Russell: “With the rise of the mindfulness movement in psychotherapy, there has been a renewed interest in the wisdom psychology of Buddhism. Buddhist principles can be beneficial to the process of healing… Read more »

“Homecoming Chapel” — Isabel Castillo ’07

& Homecoming, University Chapels.

Homecoming Chapel: Still in her 20s, Isabel Castillo ’07 is already a nationally recognized leader of the immigration-law reform movement in the United States. She was the commencement speaker at the University of San Francisco, was called one of “the 21 brave thinkers of 2011” by Atlantic magazine, and was featured prominently in the… Read more »

Homecoming Worship Service

& Homecoming.

In this worship celebration of song and scripture, alumni of the Year Vic and Christina Buckwalter and Distinguished Service Award recipient David Boshart are recognized, and share stories from their life and work.

Homecoming: A Festive Gathering

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Homecoming.

EMU alumni from classes ending in ‘2 and ‘7 gather in Lehman Auditorium for welcome and comments prior to the individual class reunions and photos.  The video shown at this presentation can be viewed on YouTube.

“Crossing Cultures in the Middle East” – Rami Kassis & Linford Stutzman

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Homecoming, University Chapels.

Linford Stutzman interviews Rami Kassis, drawing out stories and themes from years of working with EMU students visiting and learning in the Middle East with the cross-cultural program. Rami Kassis serves as Executive Director of the Alternative Tourism Group Study Center in Beit Sahour, Palestine. Linford Stutzman serves as Professor of Culture and Mission… Read more »

Homecoming Worship Service

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Homecoming.

Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, receives EMU’s “Alumna of the Year Award” and shares personal reflections. Also being honored posthumously is Glen Lapp, EMU’s “Distinguished Service Award” recipient, who was killed in 2010 while on a medical relief trip to a remote part of Afghanistan.  Reverend David Myers also brings greetings from the White… Read more »

Reunion Gathering

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Homecoming.

The reunion classes gather in Lehman Auditorium for a short presentation.  President Swartzendruber recognizes the newest inductees into the EMU Hall of Honor, as well as Alumna of the year Leymah Gbowee and the Distinguished Service Award recipient Glen Lapp. Leymah Gbowee and the parents of Glen Lapp offer a response of gratitude.