Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Beyond: Stories from the Journey

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

Participants in the May 2015 Seminary Cross-Cultural to Israel/Palestine engage us in worship, stories of their experience, and prayer.

Summer Cross-culturals – Local Contexts and Costa Rica

& Cross-Cultural Groups, University Chapels.

Hear brief reflections from the summer cross-cultural groups in the Local Context and to Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Who do you say that I am? – Pastoral Assistants

& Student Speakers, University Chapels, Who do you say that I am?.

Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?“.  This compelling and relevant question is the theme for university chapel and campus ministries this year. Our pastoral assistants (PAs) invite us to engage this question with them. Download the Powerpoint slideshow from the “download” link above to see how various members of the EMU community answered the question, “Who do you say that I am?

“Body Life” — Seminary Community Council

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

Chapel Gathering in the Seminary led by Seminary Community Council members – who they are and what it means to be engaged in the EMS community and beyond.

Summer Cross-culturals – Mexico and New Zealand

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear brief reflections from the summer cross-cultural groups to  Mexico, and to New Zealand

“Dreams and Visions” – Loren Swartzendruber

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

President Swartzendruber addresses the campus community drawing from Acts 2:12-18

This service concludes with a  time of sending for the cross-cultural seminar group departing for China.

“Spellbound” –Dr. Michael King

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

Seminary Dean, Dr. Michael King, opens the EMS fall semester with his convocation address, “Spellbound: Present at the Big Bang.”

King writes:

In many ways, it seems to me, church is unraveling, whether at broad cultural or denominational levels or in the decline of our personal loyalties to faith communities or structures. Yet amazing weavings and reweavings unfold even within whatever is unraveling.

For example, any of us open to it are participating in the miracle of becoming ourselves as persons made in the image of God. This vision came to me as powerfully as it ever has through observing the process in my own granddaughter. She has been holding me spellbound as she teaches me that even the faintest gusts of love or laughter, of dismissal or devaluation, have amazing power to form or deform.

As I watch the formation of my granddaughter, I marvel at the miracle of weaving which unfolds as we’re formed by each other, God, and our growth in self-understanding. In light of that, I want to ask how, in both simple yet primal ways, theological/formational training and our lives in community with each other contribute to our being formed as the selves God
invites us to be.

“Storytelling”– Faculty/Staff Conference

& Faculty/Staff Conference, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

During the 2015 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference, several EMU Faculty and Staff share stories:

Jennifer North Bauman

Michael King

Laura Yoder

“When There Is No Peace” – David Evans, SVBF Leipzig Service

& Faculty/Staff Speakers.

The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival comes to a rest each year with the “Leipzig Service.”   This year’s homily was offered by David Evans, Asst. Professor of History and Mission at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.  His message was titled, “When There Is No Peace,” and his remarks here were made more poignant by the shooting deaths of nine African-American churchgoers gathered for prayer at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC this week.

2015 Commencement

& 2015 Commencement, Commencement, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers.

EMU celebrates the University’s 96th Annual Commencement. Dr. E.J Dionne, Jr. offers the Commencement address.  Graduate perspectives are shared by Emily Shenk, Jordan Luther, Kimberly Groff, and Najla El Mangoush.