Interfaith Forum: Stories of Faith & Courage

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

International Education Week – Women’s Issues / Views of Women in Society. Graduate students Myriam Aziz and Darsheel Sehbi share from their own stories of faith and strength.

“Burying God, Gathering Spices: healing from spiritual abuse” – Emily Hedrick

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

“Burying God,Gathering Spices: healing from spiritual abuse” Emily Hedrick, student at Wake Forest School of Divinity and author of True Confessions of a God Killer: A Postmodern Pilgrim’s Progress

The good news starts at a tomb. We must learn to let each other mourn damaged images of God in order to experience new life.

A Christian Response to Climate Change – Rev. Tafue Lusama

& Creation Care, University Chapels.

Reverend Tafue Lusama is from the small island nation of Tuvalu. Rev. Lusama is not only the leader of the Tuvalu Christian Church and a highly respected minister, but he is also an outspoken advocate for creation care and a Christian response to climate change. His small island nation is quickly disappearing as sea levels rise, and Rev. Lusama brings a powerful testimony regarding the plight of his people and how the church can respond to this crisis.

Rev. Lusama makes a stop at EMU as part of the Restoring Eden 5-week speaking tour of Christian colleges around the east coast and midwest.

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, Martin Histand has been a champion of the marginalized and voiceless. He has an inherent gift to connect with people across cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic divides in a genuine way that is vitally needed in our world today. Graduating as a licensed teacher, Martin chose to spend the year following his graduation working for Mennonite Central Committee in Ethiopia where he was able to use both his cross-cultural gifts and teaching abilities. Over the years, Martin has worked at Project Peanut Butter, a non-profit organization based out of St. Louis that works to address the global problem of malnutrition in children. Beginning as a worker for Project Peanut Butter through Mennonite Voluntary Service, Martin excelled in his role and continued in full-time employment as Project Manager and now Operations Manager. His work has been focused in Malawi and Sierra Leone and more recently getting Project Peanut Butter’s new factory in Ghana running from the ground up. He oversaw the project from obtaining the facility, to getting all necessary machinery and equipment ready, to ensuring the local staff had proper training and support.

While stateside, Martin resides in St. Louis biking to work daily and attending St. Louis Mennonite Church. Late in 2014 he participated in several of the peaceful rallies around St. Louis promoting racial equality and social justice after the Michael Brown shooting and the Ferguson grand jury decision.

“How to be a Peace Community in a fear-bombarded society?” – Dann Pantoja

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Philippians 4:6-7

Dann and Joji Pantoja, peace building missionaries commissioned by Peace Mennonite Church and administered through Mennonite Church Canada, are are assigned to the Philippines to lead a team of Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Specialists called PeaceBuilders Community.

“The Anav Shall Inherit The Earth: Humility, Sustainability, Resiliency” – Todd Wynward

& University Chapels.

When Jesus said the meek shall inherit the earth, he was invoking the ancient character trait of anav, meekness. Anav doesn’t mean wimpy and powerless, but rather a lifeway that delights the Lord, marked by humility, sustainability, non-grasping, and resiliency. Could it be that the meek shall inherit the earth because only they are able to coexist and thrive within the blessings and boundaries of creation on its own terms, while the haughty and hoarding are unable?

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Rewilding the Way: Break Free to Follow an Untamed God (Herald Press, September 2015)

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.

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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.

“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?
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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.

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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.