Reflections on “Becoming. . .” – personal faith stories

& Spiritual Life Week, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear undergraduate students share personal life and faith reflections on Becoming. . ., the Spiritual Life Week theme, followed by a vocal solo by Alicia Ygarza.

Storytellers: Philip Watson, Makora Nyagwegwe, and Daniel Barnhart (inspired by Ephesians 3:14-21)

“Love and Leadership: Hand in Hand Towards A Healthy Community”

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

“Love and Leadership: Hand in Hand Towards a Healthy Community” led by Seminary Community Council members about what it means to be engaged in the EMS community and beyond. Seminary student Charlie Tinsley preaches.

Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee Speaks on Ebola Crisis

& Other Speaking Events.

Public address by Leymah Gbowee, EMU alumnus and Nobel Peace laureate

“Atheism to Catholicism: a faith journey” – Dr. Mark Bauerlein

& University Chapels.

Drawing on the story of his own spiritual journey, Mark Bauerlein talks about the significance of atheism as a compelling mode of adolescent rebellion and what pulled him out of that.

Dr. Mark Bauerlein, of Emory University in Atlanta, is featured on campus by Writers Read. He is well versed on the value and future of the humanities as well as the relationship between Christian faith and the humanities.
Dr. Bauerlein is author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future (or Don’t Trust Anyone under 30).

“The Dumbest Generation” – Writers Read with Dr. Mark Bauerlein

& Other Speaking Events.

In his 2008 book The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future (or Don’t Trust Anyone under 30) Dr. Mark Bauerlein argues that despite unprecedented access to knowledge and information, the latest generation of Americans appears to be “no more learned or skilled than their predecessors, no more knowledgable, fluent, up-to-date or inquisitive, except in the materials of youth culture.”

Bauerlein is professor of English at Emory University and has taught there since 1989, with a two-and-a-half year break in 2003-05 to serve as the Director of the Office of Research and Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts. He has published numerous scholarly works, including a highly acclaimed account of a 1906 race riot in Atlanta (Negrophobia). In addition, his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, TLS, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, where his blog eloquently promotes the humanities. A recent essay (2012) in First Things narrates his turn from atheism to Catholicism.

This event is sponsored by the department of Language and Literature as part of the Writers Read Series.

“Journey into Failure” – Les Horning

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



Les Horning
, Associate Director for Seminary Development and Admissions shares from his personal “journey into failure” during Chapel Gathering in the Seminary.

“Camp Day Chapel” – Lester Zook

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Lester Zook spoke for a special “Camp Day” chapel held in the greeting hall of the Campus Center, surrounded by booths featuring several church camps and outdoor adventure programs.

“Called to Ministry?” – Hanna Heishman and Nathanael Ressler

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Do you have a call to ministry? Carmen Schrock-Hurst, Bible and Religion Instructor, hosts Hanna Heishman and Nathanael Ressler, students who participated in the Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP) over the summer months, as they share reflections from their experiences of exploring a sense of call to ministry.

Students who participated in the Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP) over the summer months share reflections from their experiences of exploring a sense of call to ministry.

Departmental Chapels

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

How does faith inform your area of study or chosen profession? Students, faculty, and staff gathered during the chapel time on Wednesday, January 28 for focused conversations/interactions within majors/minors.

Applied Social Sciences: Faith and Vocation: Reflections from faculty and Alumni.

Business: Two students who attended the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) annual conference shared what they learned about the integration of faith and business, and how business ventures can help alleviate poverty.

Sciences: (biology, chemistry, mathematical sciences and psychology) – Gathered for a time of singing led by Daniel King (physics) followed by personal reflections on faith and vocation by Greg Koop (psychology) and Dee Weikle (computer science).

Bible & Religion: Practiced lectio divina (Divine reading) on the theme of fear.

Education: Table groups discussed Does my faith really matter in the classroom?

History: Faculty gathered with students for a beverage-snack and conversation about History and Vocation in Common Grounds

Language & Literature: “Love, Language, and God: Psalms in English and Spanish”– informal conversations inspired by Ranier Maria Rilke’s Book of Hours.

Music:  The department gathered for a Hymn Sing in Lehman Auditorium Recital Hall.

Nursing: The department gathered for a time of singing and informal sharing with a focus on Grace.

VaCA-Theater – Paulette Moore presented on her recent experience in Japan where she interacted with student filmmakers and storytellers on issues related to the environment and social justice