“Life from Brokenness” -Jolee Paden

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

Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Senior Jolee Paden, Pastoral Assistant, explores the suffering that seeks our defeat while God wants it redeemed for His glory. She explores the story of Lazarus and the implications for our lives today as we have the opportunity to rise to new life.

This chapel is a part of the Campus Ministries series: Who do you say that I am?

“Reliving Our Traditions” – Carlos Galvan Alemán

& University Chapels.

Reviviendo Nuestras Tradiciones – Latino Heritage Month

Dr. Carlos Galvan Alemán, associate professor of Communication Studies at James Madison University, reflects on contemporary communication of Latino identities, and what it might mean to re-live the traditions of our families and cultures. Senior Alicia Ygarza opens chapel with a vocal solo and poet Marjorie Agosin reads from her work.

Dr. Carlos Galvan Alemán is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at James Madison University. He also serves as a JMU Professor in Residence at Thomas Harrison Middle School, where he develops activities and initiatives that empower minority and underserved students. He is most proud of collaborative work with partners in the community, notably EMU, toward developing the Shenandoah Valley Scholars’ Latino initiative (SLI) for high school Latinos.

Carlos grew up in the small, migrant farming town of Selma, CA, the seventh of nine children. The pursuit of a doctorate at the University of Iowa took him a long way from his Mexican-American home, but brought him closer to embracing the diversity of Latino cultures. He teaches subjects of interpersonal and cultural communication, theory and advocacy, discourse and identity, and cultural diversity. He enjoys writing with his partner, Dr. Melissa Alemán. Their auto-ethnographic work reflects on communication ritual and identity in multicultural and Latino families.

The Weight of Transgenerational Trauma – Dr. Marjorie Agosin

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Other Speaking Events.

“Transgenerational trauma” is trauma that is transferred from the first generation of trauma survivors to the second and further generations of offspring of the survivors via complex post-traumatic stress disorder mechanisms.

The descendant of Russian and Austrian Jews who perished in the Pogrom and the Holocaust, Dr. Marjorie Agosin’s family escaped from Vienna, Austria and immigrated to Chile, where she grew up until the family fled to the United States to escape the military coup that overthrew Salvador Allende.

Dr. Agosin has written poetry books about the Holocaust, (one book in particular through the eyes of Anne Frank,) and violent political repression in South America and how these traumas continue to inform her work. Her creative work is inspired by the theme of social justice as well as the pursuit of remembrance and the memorialization of traumatic historical events both in the Americas and in Europe.
Her writing reflects a strong sense of her Jewish and Chilean identities as well as strong faith in life and the resilience of her Jewish ancestors. Together these form her connection to the whole of humanity.

Dr. Agosin speaks about the “weight” of transgenerational trauma through her own experiences as well as the stories of women who have been resilient in the face of political and ethnic oppression throughout the world.

“Prayers of Lament…Refugees are We” – Ahmed Tarik, Jordan Detwiler-Michelson, Myriam Aziz

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

In Chapel Gathering at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, three students in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding program at EMU reflect on their experiences in Syria and offer a personal context through which to understand some of the current refugee crisis in the region.

University Colloquium – Dr. Annmarie Early

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Colloquium Series.

Annmarie Early, Professor of Counseling at EMU,  opens this year’s Colloquium Series with, “The Wisdom of Native Healing Practices.”


“Who do you say that I am?” -Brian Martin Burkholder

& Faculty/Staff 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 being offered by campus ministries this year. University Campus Pastor Brian Martin Burkholder preaches on this text walking us all into consider our response to Jesus asking “Who do you say that I am?

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.