Seminary Capstone Presentation – Candy Tharpe

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Candy Tharpe,
Grace Buddies: Integrating Children with Special Needs into the Church.”

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.

“Speaking for Peace” – C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Sampler

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear students speaking for peace  in preparation for the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest to be held Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

Hannah Chappell-Dick – “Beyond Fight or Flight: Becoming Mennonite in an Adrenaline-soaked World”

Bethany Chupp – “Standing at the Door”

Ethan Herman – “Active Pacifism and Using Conflict as a Tool”

Katrina Poplett – “To be at war with yourself.”

Grantley Showalter – “The Wisdom of Doubt”

Stephanie Toth – “Humans and Technology”

Elisabeth Wilder – “Make Change, Not Hashtags”

Ayhubrhan Yifru – “Fighting Injustice with Love”

“Time Travel: Heading Home the Long Way Around” – Charlie Tinsley

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

“Time Travel: Heading Home the Long Way Around”
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-14
Charles Tinsley, seminary student

“Sending Y-Trip Groups to Serve Others in Faith”

& University Chapels.

What does it mean to serve others in faith? The Y-Serve student organization and campus ministries will reflect on this and hear from each group departing campus to serve and learn with others.

Y-Trip Locations for 2016

Civil Rights Learning Tour with Multicultural and International Student Services, the Gospel Choir, Y-Serve and the Black Student Union. – Coordinators: Celeste Thomas, Tae Dews, Oksana Kittrell, Christian Parks

Alterna Community – a bilingual and international community of Christ-followers devoted to faithful acts of hospitality, mercy, and justice – LaGrange, Georgia. – Leaders: Amanda Helfrich &Teresa Garcia Bautista

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) – responding in Christian love to those affected by disasters) in Detroit, Michigan. – Leaders: Robert Propst & Harrison Horst

Serving with Appalachian People (SWAP) – addressing sub-standard housing, sharing the message of God’s love and building relationships in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia – Elkhorn, West Virginia. – Leaders: Grayson Mast & Abe Hartzler

“Blessings in disguise: Living with a disability”

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

Candy Tharpe, EMS Student

“Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery” – Erica Littlewolf

& University Chapels.

Re“placing” ourselves and modern day realities: where do we go from here? – Erica Littlewolf

For more than five centuries, the Doctrine of Discovery and the laws based upon it have legalized the theft of land, labor and resources from Indigenous Peoples across the world and systematically denied their human rights. This Doctrine originated with the Christian church in the 15th century. It is now the church’s responsibility to undo it.

“Not surprisingly, we can see in our present situation how the privileged are protected and rewarded, and the less fortunate are demonized and ignored. Too many churches support the status-quo.”
Ken Kraybill

“A Turnaround at Three Taverns” – Sarah Bailey and Larry Aikens

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

“A Turnaround at Three Taverns” Acts 28:1-15
EMS Preaching Class students, Sarah Bailey and Larry Aikens

“Blessed are Those Who Haven’t Seen and Still Believe” – SLW Chapel

& Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

As Spiritual Life Week comes to a close, the campus community gathers in Martin Chapel for music, drama, ritual and prayer on the theme blessed are those who haven’t seen and still believe. Christian Parks offers the monologue of Thomas, and all participants are invited to join in a prayer practice, a time of sharing and listening to each others stories. When have we seen Jesus? When didn’t we see Jesus, but wished we had?

“Grains of Sand” – Charlie Tinsley

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

“Grains of Sand” – A Worship experience planned by the Seminary Community Counsel Care Committee (and others), drawing from John 1:1-5; Matthew 14:22-23; Matthew 4:1-11

Homily – Charlie Tinsley


“You are invited” – Emily Nyce and Matt Nyce

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

“You are invited” – Psalm 86:1-13
Preaching Class Students Matt Nyce and Emily Nyce
Lent, wilderness, and welcome – exploring the Christian theme of confession and assurance (there is room for our whole self in God’s presence)