“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.

Chapel Worship: Jason Lewkowicz and the Cross-Country Team

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Coach Lewkowicz and the team offer a series of songs, Scripture readings, and reflection from team members, with the central theme of how living in missional community helps us to abide in Christ.

“Discern Love for Enemies” – Dr. John Fairfield

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Dr. John Fairfield, Research Fellow for EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement, addresses Chapel Gathering in the seminary with the topic, “Discern love for enemies”

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.

“Rumi: The man, his faith, and some poetry” – Dr. Amir Akrami

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

Visiting scholar from Iran, Dr. Amir Akrami, is an expert on Rumi and Islamic mysticism. He leads bi-weekly readings and discussions on Rumi and his work.

For hundreds of years Rumi has been one of the greatest poets of the Persian world and one of the most popular poets in the world. In recent years books on his thought have become bestsellers in the U.S. With these Rumi-centered evenings, we explore the man and his inspiring spiritual heritage by concentrating on his own words from his major works of poetry.
Our journey with Rumi’s art will take us through the beautiful images and stories he employs to convey his mystical experiences and ideas.

For more info contact: Center for Interfaith Engagement,540-432-4674 or email interfaith@emu.edu

“Take Back the Night – Awakening Hope”

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Mariah Elliott speaks and student leaders from Social Work is People (SWIP) and Campus Ministries lead chapel for Take Back the Night (TBTN) week.

“Are you walking with Jesus?” – Bishop Young Jin Cho

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Bishop Young Jin Cho of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church delivers a message titled , “Are you walking with Jesus?”

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.