Cross-cultural Chapel: Middle East (Israel/Palestine/Turkey)

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

The returning Spring 2013 Middle East Cross-cultural group shares reflections and adventures from their experiences in the Middle East this semester.

Cross-cultural Chapel: Guatemala & Colombia

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

The returning Spring 2013 Guatemala & Colombia Cross-cultural group shares reflections and adventures from their experiences in Guatemala and Colombia this semester.

“Just One, One, One” – Lana Miller

& University Chapels.

As a finalist for the position of undergraduate campus pastor, Lana Miller has shaped a chapel service around her message entitled, “Just One, One, One.

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Lana Miller is an EMS graduate who served as interim campus pastor at EMU in 2007-08. Lana and her husband Andy recently served with MCC in Cambodia with oversight of programs in Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos. Prior to seminary, Lana was the associate director of convention planning for Mennonite Church USA with primary responsibility for the youth convention and denominational youth ministry. She has taught Youth Ministry and Spiritual Formation at EMS in addition to teaching high school chemistry before beginning youth and young adult ministry at Clinton Frame Mennonite (IN). She and Andy continue their passion for service to internationals by hosting Chinese scholars in their home.

Lana holds a Master of Divinity with a concentration in spiritual formation and certificate in youth ministry from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Goshen College, Goshen, IN.

“Parents Just Don’t Understand” – James Ellis III

& University Chapels.

As a finalist for the position of undergraduate campus pastor, James Ellis III has shaped a chapel service with a message entitled, “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” taken from Genesis 27:12-13

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James Ellis, III is an ordained Baptist minister who describes himself as “Christian by conviction, Baptist by tradition, and ecumenical in spirit.” James has served as a youth pastor and an assistant pastor in two United Methodist churches, and recently served a one-year, Lilly-funded campus pastorate at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He is currently a Lewis Fellow at Wesley Theological Seminary’s Lewis Center for Church Leadership, an ecumenical leadership development program for outstanding young clergy. Prior to ministry, James was a multimedia producer and competitive “spoken word” poet. He and his wife Renata have a passion for doing service work in multi-racial settings such as New Orleans (LA).

At the close of chapel, there is a time of sending and blessing for students and faculty going on summer cross-cultural seminars to these locations:

Bolivia & The Galápagos Islands – Doug & Cristina Graber Neufeld
Honduras – Jason Good & Eric Trinka
South Korea – Gloria Rhodes
Quebec – Nancy Heisey & Jen Ulrich
Local Context cross-cultural – Deanna Durham

Inside Athletics: April 19, 2013

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, James gives a quick summary of the end of the regular season for our spring sports, plus what to look for in the upcoming ODAC Tournaments.  Then Cross Country/Track & Field Coach Jason Lewkowicz joins for an in-depth look at the flow of the entire year for his program, but especially a scan of some of his athletes hoping to challenge for top spots at this weekend’s ODAC Championships in Lexington.

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.

“This and That: Stuff from an Aged OT Teacher” – Jim R. Engle

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

This Chapel Gathering in the Seminary celebrates the service of Dr. Jim R. Engle, retiring professor of Old Testament.  The worship, songs, and scriptures were all chosen by Jim, who delivers a “sermonette” he titled, “This and That: Stuff from an Aged OT Teacher.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Mark 12: 28-34

John 13:34-35

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel worship service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday; EMU Campus Ministries hosts chapel gatherings every Wednesday and Friday in Lehman Auditorium. Specifics and occasional changes are noted in individual chapel listings.

Student Recognition Chapel

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

University Chapel Gathering emphasizes the university’s vision of being a Learning Community as faculty and staff in several departments celebrate significant achievements of students during the Spring semester.

“God’s Story, Israel’s Story, Our Story” – Psalms and Wisdom Literature class.

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Student Speakers.

Dr. Jim Engle‘s Psalms and Wisdom Literature class leads Chapel Gathering in the Seminary–“God’s Story, Israel’s Story, Our Story: Worship, Faith and the Human Condition”. Students in the class present their own Psalms of Lament, Thanksgiving, and Praise.  At the end of Chapel Gathering, Glenn Nofziger sings a setting of Psalm 23 in Hebrew.

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel worship service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday; EMU Campus Ministries hosts chapel gatherings every Wednesday and Friday in Lehman Auditorium. Specifics and occasional changes are noted in individual chapel listings.

“Strong Trees of Faith” – Carmen Schrock-Hurst

& University Chapels.

As a finalist for the position of undergraduate campus pastor, Carmen Schrock-Hurst has shaped a chapel service entitled Strong Trees of Faith and speaks on this theme as well.

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Carmen Schrock-Hurst is an ordained Mennonite minister and current instructor in the EMU Bible and Religion department. She holds a MA of Theology from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Carmen serves as co-pastor of Immanuel Mennonite Church with her husband Luke, a church committed to serving a diverse population in Harrisonburg. Previously she served in pastoral ministry in Pittsburg (PA) and Richmond (VA). She brings a strong passion for cross-cultural service and pastoral care, having served in Central America (Honduras) and the Philippines with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). She also served as volunteer coordinator and bereavement coordinator for Rockingham Memorial Hospital Hospice.

Carmen holds a Master of Arts in Theology: Christian Spirituality from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN (now Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Eastern Mennonite College (now Eastern Mennonite University).

“Fact or Fiction? Friend or Foe? A Personal Journey of Coming to Peace with Evolution” – Darrel Falk

& University Chapels.

(The second link is the afternoon Science Seminar by Dr. Falk)

This Chapel talk describes the personal process of overcoming the painful cognitive dissonance that can easily impact the life of a Christian who loves the sciences, and entering into a joy-filled celebration of the beauty of science and faith united in Christ.
Dr. Darrel Falk, past president of the BioLogos Foundation, is Professor of Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where he has taught since 1988. He received his BSc (with Honors) from Simon Fraser University, and earned his PhD from the University of Alberta. Dr. Falk’s early research focused on Drosophila molecular and developmental genetics. But desiring to focus on undergraduate teaching in a Christian college setting and to think about biology more broadly than from a research perspective, he transitioned into Christian higher education many years ago. He led BioLogos into becoming an organization which has become increasingly known for its success in addressing the concerns that many Christians have about evolution. It has done this through an annual conference of leading evangelicals, workshops for teachers in Christian schools, and a website that has about 650,000 visits per year. He is the author of the pioneering work, Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology.