Founding Multicultural Services – Honoring Dr. Abraham Davis

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Chapel Service honoring Dr. Abraham Davis, founder of multicultural services at EMU.

“Lament, Trust, and Hope through Song and Prayer” – Andrea Yoder and Matthew Hunsbergers

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

In Chapel Gathering at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Andrea Yoder and Matthew Hunsberger lead a song service focusing on moving from Lament to Trust and hope.

University Colloquium – Dr. Steve Cessna

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Colloquium Series.

Dr. Steve Cessna presents the November Colloquium address based on his sabbatical work.  Steve’s presentation is entitled: “What do Students Gain from Research Experience?” A Scientist Dabbles in Qualitative Education Research.”

“Black Lives Matter: The Resocialization of Humanity” – Rev. Dr. Rodney D. Waller

& DORD, University Chapels.

Rev. Dr. Rodney D. Waller speaks on The Resocialization of Humanity inspired by John 11:1-37 for the
Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity University Chapel.

Reverend Dr. Rodney D. Waller is Senior Pastor of the third oldest African American Church in the United States, First African Baptist Church of Richmond, VA. Dr. Waller earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Religious studies from Virginia Union University, a Master of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Virginia Union University of Lynchburg. Dr. Waller is the author of Leadership Empowerment: A Paradigm in Administration and Leadership in the Urban Church in General and the Rural Church in Particular for the Twenty-First Century.

Prior to becoming Senior Pastor of the First African Baptist Church, Dr. Waller was the Senior Pastor of Sharon Baptist Church in Weems, VA. During his tenure at Sharon Baptist Church, served as a volunteer chaplain at the Rappahannock General Hospital, became a member of the Lancaster County Special Education Department, served on the Lancaster County Planning Commission, and served on the Lancaster Board of Directors. He is the past President of the Northern Neck Ministers Conference and the Jesse DuPont Foundation Church Resource Service and presently serves as the Treasurer of the Richmond’s Minister Conference and Vicinity. In 2006, he was one of the featured Preachers at the Baptist General Convention of Virginia which took place in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Waller also is a member of the Hampton Minister’s Conference Executive Board.

Dr. Waller was recognized by the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Richmond Chapter during Clergy Appreciation Month in October, 2012. In August of 2011, Dr. Waller was a guest preacher for the UK African American Preaching Festival in London, England. While in London, Dr. Waller also studied at Oxford University during his first week of August. Dr. Waller was also nominated as Co-Pastor of the Year by the Richmond Usher’s Union for the year of 2011.


“Spiritual Life Week Chapel – Justice and Jesus? How do I make sense of this?”

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Spiritual Life Week, Student Speakers, University Chapels, Who do you say that I am?.

How do Johonna Turner, Nancy Heisey, Ben Bailey, and several student leaders, make sense of justice and Jesus? Hear their stories.

Johanna Turner is Assistant Professor with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Nancy Heisey is Professor of Bible and Religion. Ben Bailey is Office Coordinator for the Department of Applied Social Sciences.

“Spiritual Life Week Chapel – Justice and Jesus? Why should I care?” – Sabrina Dorman

& Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels, Who do you say that I am?.

Sabrina Dorman, Director & Co-Founder of New Creation brings Spiritual Like Week chapel focusing on Jesus and Justice.

Sabrina hails from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Her passion for fighting human trafficking quickly developed after volunteering with The Zion Project, and she made it her mission to learn about this issue on a local and global scale. In 2010, she and her husband, Steven had the vision of New Creation. Armed with the belief that prayer and education are the solution to the problem, she continues to develop concepts that will make an impact. When not working you will find her spending time with her husband & their children, thrifting with friends, or snuggling with one of her beloved cats…Nehemiah, Willow, and Oliver.

“Sharing my Story” – Darin Busé

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

Darin Busé, Senior Eastern Mennonite Seminary Student and United Methodist Pastor.

Join with the community in a time of worship and reflection as Darin tells his story of the walls that he has encountered as a combat veteran.

“Take Back The Night” – Charlie Tinsley

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

In Chapel Gathering at the Seminary, Charlie Tinsley shares parts of his story of abuse as part of the “Take Back the Night” events at EMU. Warning: This story contains personal material that may be sensitive for some listeners.

“My Soul is Filled with Joy: Mariology & the Mission of Mennonite Education” – Dr. Malinda Berry

& Augsburger Lecture Series, University Chapels.

Augsburger Lecture Series

Using the image and symbol of the alma mater, Dr. Malinda Berry makes the case for Christ-centered education in an Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition that conceptualizes our network of schools as alma maters, or nourishing soul-mothers that are the Seat of Wisdom. This case involves thinking carefully about a nonviolent interpretation of the Christian gospel that asserts itself in the face of Constantinian Christianity. (Job 28:12)

Dr. Malinda Berry, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at AMBS, is an educator-activist-doer. Her own teaching career got its start in a family of educators and has led to teaching roles at Goshen College, AMBS, and for the last five years at Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Ind. Her scholarship endeavors include being one of three founding editors of the Prophetic Christianity Books Series, a project focused on cultivating the scholarship of those connected to the Black Church, the Historic Peace Church and progressive Evangelicalism. In addition to teaching, writing, and editing, Malinda has served as interim pastor in New York City, and worked as a peace and social justice activist in Washington, D.C. She calls herself an “epicurious localvore, she enjoys worship and prayer that involves our senses, and she loves to knit.

PhD, Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2013
MPhil, Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2009
MAPS, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2001
BA, Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., 1996

“God’s Mission & Voices from the Margins” – Malinda Elizabeth Berry

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

2015 Augsburger Lectureship Event

“God’s Mission & Voices from the Margins” – Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD Assistant professor of theology and ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary located in South-Central Elkhart, Indiana.