“Suspicions of a Black Man” – David Evans

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Dialogue on Race and Diversity week features David Evans speaking on “Suspicions of a Black Man” in university chapel.

Dr. David Evans, Assistant Professor of History and Mission at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, reflects on his experience as a black man in the criminal justice system. He says, “My experience added to the data on black men incarcerated in the United States even though I committed no crime. Knowing that U.S. society is so suspicious of black men that experiences like mine are possible, should make us all cautious to assume that we know what it means when we hear that one-third of black men can expect to be incarcerated in their lifetime. And we should recognize that this knowledge makes us responsible to resist the segregated circumstances that make suspicions against black men thrive in our society.”

 

Inside Athletics: November 21, 2013

& University Chapels.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James talk about the cross country teams, their successful regional meets, and Hannah Chappell-Dick earning a trip to nationals.  They also give thoughts on the men’s and women’s basketball teams and how each team looked over their opening weekend.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

“The Role of Music in Peace and Conflict” – Dr. Joan Griffing

& Faculty/Staff Conference, University Colloquium Series.

Dr.  Joan Griffing offers a presentation on her 12-13 sabbatical entitled, “The role of Music in Peace and Conflict.” Griffing chairs EMU’s Music Department where she teaches violin and viola, coaches chamber music and conducts the EMU orchestra.

Inside Athletics: November 20, 2013

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

Dave and James discuss the Cross Country regional championships from last weekend before moving on to preview the ODAC Men’s and Women’s basketball.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

“Discerning the Tides” — Linford Stutzman

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


Dr. Linford Stutzman
, Director of EMS’s Coffman Center, shares from his experiences studying and sailing the journeys of the apostle Paul as he offers his perspective on, “Discerning the Tides.”

Seminary Dean Dr. Michael King has begun to articulate a vision for EMS as a “Discernment Training Center” (see Convocation, Fall 2012 and Convocation, Fall 2013). This fall semester, Seminary Faculty are sharing about their own awareness of the topic of discernment through the lens of their own particular discipline or area of study.

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.

“The Ordinary Instant” — Jessica Penner ’01

& University Chapels.


In her powerful memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion writes: “Life changes in an instant. The ordinary instant.” Jessica Penner, author of Shaken in the Water, talks about what she is learning about the art of memoir-writing and the need for a writer to make an ordinary extraordinary for the reader. She also reads an excerpt from her Pushcart Prize-nominated essay, “Mustard Seed,” which documents her brain surgery on September 11, 2001. The full text of Penner’s essay can be found here. Dr. Danielle Ofri, Editor-in-Chief of Bellevue Literary Review, wrote about the essay: “I was taken by it from the very first. (And not just because I was also working in the hospital on 9/11, trying to take care of my regular patients at Bellevue.) It’s quite unusual to have an essay deal with religious belief in such a nuanced way.”

Chapel begins with a  short video clip by students from the current chapel video series, “Where have you seen God?”

Penner released her debut novel-in-stories, Shaken in the Water (Foxhead Books), in April 2013. She has been published in Bellevue Literary Review, Center for Mennonite Writing, Rhubarb and the anthology Tongue Screws and Testimonies. She won an honorable mention for the short story “Homebody” in Open City’s RRofihe Trophy contest and an honorable mention for the essay “Mustard Seed” in Bellevue Literary Review’s Burns Archive Prize for nonfiction.

Penner earned a BA in theater and English at EMU and a MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She previously taught English to international students at James Madison University and currently resides in New York City.

For more information on Penner visit Foxhead Books .

“Discerning the Good News in the Real World: Subversive God-Learnings from a 3-M perspective” — Dorothy Jean Weaver

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

Dr. Dorothy Jean Weaver, EMS Professor of New Testament, offers perspectives on, “Discerning the Good News in the Real World: Subversive God-Learnings from a 3-M Perspective.”

Seminary Dean Dr. Michael King has begun to articulate a vision for EMS as a “Discernment Training Center” (see Convocation, Fall 2012 and Convocation, Fall 2013). This fall semester, Seminary Faculty are sharing about their own awareness of the topic of discernment through the lens of their own particular discipline or area of study.

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.

“Drones, a weapon of war capable of peace” — Dr. Jay Parrish

& University Chapels.

In University Chapel, Dr. Jay Parrish, a professional Geo-physicist, talks about the moral/ethical questions and harmful effects of drones, and elaborates on the idea of possible peaceful uses.

 

“Personal Spiritual Discernment: Finding God’s Answers to Life’s Questions” — Linda Alley

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

Linda Alley inhabits multiple roles as EMS administrative assistant, Director of the Congregational Resource Center, Director of the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation and Coordinator of the School for Leadership Training.  In this chapel gathering in the Seminary, Linda offers reflections on the topic  of, “Personal Spiritual Discernment: Finding God’s Answers to Life’s Questions.” Romans 12:1-2

Seminary Dean Dr. Michael King has begun to articulate a vision for EMS as a “Discernment Training Center” (see Convocation, Fall 2012 and Convocation, Fall 2013). This fall semester, Seminary Faculty are sharing about their own awareness of the topic of discernment through the lens of their own particular discipline or area of study.

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.

Inside Athletics: November 11, 2013

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

This week, with no teams in action, Dave focuses on the upcoming Regional Cross Country meet.  Jason Lewkowicz, head cross country coach reported on the ODAC championship at Hampden-Syndey where the women’s team finished second and the men’s team finished fourth.  He also highlighted the individual accomplishments at the championships.  Jason then describes the training process he develops for the teams throughout the season with all the preparation leading toward the regional meet.  Besides the training, Jason talks about the chemistry of the team and how he works with the variety of personalities that are represented on his teams.  Jason also gives a preview of the upcoming Regional meet on November 16 at Christopher Newport.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.