“Women Doing Theology” – Alexa Short, Emily Hodges, Alyssa Weaver, and Andrea de Avila

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Alexa Short, Emily Hodges, Alyssa Weaver, and Andrea de Avila, hosted by Nancy Heisey and Carmen Schrock-Hurst, share reflections from their recent involvement in the Women Doing Theology conference.

One goal of conference organizers was to reflect on God, academically, relationally, prayerfully, actively and also contemplatively, from the multitude of contexts from which participants came. The theme, All You Need Is Love, both playfully acknowledges the way love is brought to the forefront by Valentine’s Day, and wrestles with the complexity of love as an element of Christian faith. February was also Black History Month, and one of the primary commitments of the conference was to work at undoing racism and advancing intercultural transformation.

“A Year of Biblical Womanhood” – Rachel Held Evans

& University Chapels.

The magazine FAITH: History, Mystery & Challenges Revealed — printed annually — just ranked Rachel Held Evans as the 4th rated “doer, thinker, pastor, and passer who is shaping the next generation of Christians.”

We are delighted to host Rachel Held Evans on campus. She is an evangelical Christian columnist, blogger and best-selling author who has attracted attention for her nuanced and accessible discussions about current issues in modern Christianity as the author of Evolving in Monkey Town (Zondervan, 2010) and The Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson, 2012) and a popular blog. She has promoted theological and political unity; fostered interfaith dialogue; celebrated powerful women; publicized social justice issues; and led fundraising campaigns for charity: water and World Vision, among other non-profit organizations.

In “The Year of Biblical Womanhood, How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on her Roof, Covering her Head and Calling her Husband Master” in which she spends a year literally living out the finest details of womanhood as described in the Old Testament. It is funny, thought provoking and challenging.

Evans has been spotlighted by NPR, Slate, BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The Times London, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com, in addition to speaking at retreats, conferences, universities, and churches of various denominations. In 2012, she was named one of Christianity Today’s “50 Women to Watch.”

This event is sponsored by the Provost’s Office, President’s Office, Albert Keim History Lecture Series, Intellectual Life Committee and Campus Ministries. It is also a Women’s History Month event.

“Keep the Church Weird: Millennials & The Future of Christianity” – Rachel Held Evans

& University Chapels.

Rachel Held Evans is an American Christian columnist, blogger and author of the book The Year of Biblical Womanhood and Evolving in Monkey Town, How a Girl with All the Answers, Learned to Ask Questions. In chapel, she speaks on Keep the Church Weird: Millennials & The Future of Christianity.

Rachel Held Evans has attracted attention for her nuanced and accessible discussions about current issues in modern Christianity as the author of Evolving in Monkey Town (Zondervan, 2010) and The Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson, 2012) and a popular blog. She has promoted theological and political unity; fostered interfaith dialogue; celebrated powerful women; publicized social justice issues; and led fundraising campaigns for charity: water and World Vision, among other non-profit organizations.

Evans has been spotlighted by NPR, Slate, BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The Times London, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com, in addition to speaking at retreats, conferences, universities, and churches of various denominations. In 2012, she was named one of Christianity Today’s “50 Women to Watch.” The just-published 2014 edition of Faith: History, Mystery and Challenges Revealed ranked Evans Held Evans No. 4 on its list of leaders shaping the next generation of Christians.

Seminary Capstone Presentation – Melanie Lewis

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Melanie Lewis,
The Medical Model and its Creation of Unnecessary Suffering: Pastoral Responses for Chaplaincy and Beyond.

Students in the seminary’s Master of Divinity program complete Capstone Integration Projects across the two semesters of their senior year. During the fall semester, they negotiate with the professors in the Formation in Missional Leadership class the design of their projects. They then complete their projects in the spring, producing a final paper and making a public presentation.

Seminary Capstone Presentation – Darlene Wilkins

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Darlene Wilkins,
Hope has the Last Word

Students in the seminary’s Master of Divinity program complete Capstone Integration Projects across the two semesters of their senior year. During the fall semester, they negotiate with the professors in the Formation in Missional Leadership class the design of their projects. They then complete their projects in the spring, producing a final paper and making a public presentation.

Spring Break Y-Trip Testimonies

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

YPCA Y-trip groups of volunteers spent their spring break at West Virginia, Jubilee Partners, Mennonite Disaster Service,  and Urban Promise.  They shared reflections in chapel.

“Embracing Missional Shalom Community” – Dr. Randy Woodley

& Augsburger Lecture Series, Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

What does missional shalom community look like? In this Chapel Gathering of the Augsburger Lecture Series, consider the perspectives of Randy Woodley, from Eagle’s Wings Ministry, and the teaching of Luke 15.

Randy Woodley is an author, missiologist, activist-scholar, former pastor and innovator. In over 35 years of grassroots ministry he has founded or helped to form organizations such as Christians for Justice, Eagle Valley Church, Eagle’s Wings Ministry, American Indian Environment and Health Association, North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies, Evangelicals 4 Justice, Eloheh Village for Indigenous Leadership and Ministry Development and Eloheh Farm. His most recent book is Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision (2012). Randy is legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees and has been involved in Indigenous ministry for 28 years. Currently, Dr. Woodley serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture, Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies and Program Director NAIITS Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He achieved a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Seminary, is ordained by the American Baptist Churches, and is received his PhD. in Inter-cultural Studies at Asbury Seminary.

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The Augsburger Lectureship provides resources to annually bring to the campus of the college and seminary a noted lecturer to address pertinent topics in the area of Christian evangelism and mission for the stimulation and development of a vision for evangelism and missions for the students, faculty and staff of Eastern Mennonite University.

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.

Seminary Capstone Presentation – Jonathan Swartz

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Jonathan Swartz,
Surprised by Hoping In/For Conflict?

Students in the seminary’s Master of Divinity program complete Capstone Integration Projects across the two semesters of their senior year. During the fall semester, they negotiate with the professors in the Formation in Missional Leadership class the design of their projects. They then complete their projects in the spring, producing a final paper and making a public presentation.

“Embracing Missional Shalom Community” – Dr. Randy Woodley

& Augsburger Lecture Series, University Chapels.

What does missional shalom community look like? In this opening chapel of the Augsburger Lecture Series, consider the perspectives of Randy Woodley, from Eagle’s Wings Ministry, and the teaching of Luke 15.

Randy Woodley is an author, missiologist, activist-scholar, former pastor and innovator. In over 35 years of grassroots ministry he has founded or helped to form organizations such as Christians for Justice, Eagle Valley Church, Eagle’s Wings Ministry, American Indian Environment and Health Association, North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies, Evangelicals 4 Justice, Eloheh Village for Indigenous Leadership and Ministry Development and Eloheh Farm. His most recent book is Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision (2012). Randy is legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees and has been involved in Indigenous ministry for 28 years. Currently, Dr. Woodley serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture, Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies and Program Director NAIITS Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He achieved a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Seminary, is ordained by the American Baptist Churches, and is received his PhD. in Inter-cultural Studies at Asbury Seminary.

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The Augsburger Lectureship provides resources to annually bring to the campus of the college and seminary a noted lecturer to address pertinent topics in the area of Christian evangelism and mission for the stimulation and development of a vision for evangelism and missions for the students, faculty and staff of Eastern Mennonite University.

Inside Athletics: March 6, 2014

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James come up for air after last week’s busy stretch with the ODAC Basketball Tournaments.  They give some recapping thoughts on the basketball tournaments, as well as the ODAC Indoor Tack & Field Championships, which were also last weekend.  Other topics include David Falk and EMU’s 15 Seconds Of Fame on ESPN a few weeks ago, as well as Dave skimming the surface on the current hot topic of “one-and-done” student-athletes in college.

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.