“Becoming Unbound” – André Gingerich Stoner

& University Chapels.

Becoming Unbound: A Martyr Legacy, Interchurch Dialogue and Undoing Racism

Mennonites experienced intense persecution nearly five hundred years ago. Does this still shape Mennonite identity and do the wounds linger? How might recent steps toward reconciliation with Lutherans open possibilities for healing and faithful witness?

André Gingerich Stoner is Director of Interchurch Relations and Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. Previously he served as Pastor of Mission at Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend, Indiana for sixteen years, and through Mennonite Central Committee engaged in peace witness among US GIs stationed in Germany. He and his wife Cathy and their children live as intentional neighbors with four other households in the near northwest neighborhood of South Bend, IN.

“The Line” – EMS Worship Liturgy Class

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Student Speakers.

Worship Liturgy Class students Melissa Fretwell, Daniel Miller, Jon Morningstar, Angie Nash, and Darlene Wilkins lead this Chapel Gathering service in the Seminary.  The podcast includes audio from a trailer for a movie released by Sojourners.

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.

“Beatitude” – Don Clymer

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Professor Don Clymer explains how different strands of his life came together enabling him to publish his recent book Meditations on the Beatitudes: Lessons from the Margins.

This departmental chapel held in the the Language and Literature Suite is part of EMU’s collective effort toward building faith that fosters servant-leadership, as students have the opportunity to gather during the chapel time for focused conversations about the intersections of faith and their area of study with faculty members of their department.  Eleven other academic departments held chapel meetings in other spaces across campus at the same time.

Inside Athletics: November 2, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

This week, Dave’s guest is Jason Lewkowicz, head coach for the cross country and track and field.  With the cross country teams fresh off the ODAC Championship meet and preparing for the NCAA Regional Meet on November 10, Jason discusses the progress his teams have made and the preparations underway for the regional meet.  Having been the host of the ODAC meet, Jason provides a “behind the scenes” view of what it takes to host a meet and also coach his teams.  And finally, Dave and Jason discuss some of the ways that sports provide a parallel for faith development and Jason talks about how he integrates faith with cross country.

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.

“Under New Management” – Byron Pellecer

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Student Speakers.

“Under New Management – John 3:1-13” brings a wonderful Hispanic flavor to worship as Byron Pellecer, EMS student and Pastor of Iglesia Discipular Anabaptista, along with several others, hosts our Chapel Gathering Worship with a Hispanic flavor.

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.

Inside Athletics: October 26, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s podcast, Dave and James talk about the end of the regular season and what the postseason looks like.  They also talk about this weekend’s ODAC Cross Country Championship, hosted by EMU.  And on a very interesting note, Dave leads on some thoughts about how teams and individuals handle the closing of a disappointing season, and “where they go from here.”

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.

“What I learned this summer–about ministry, about myself” – MIP

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Erika Bollman, Rose Jantzi and Jossimar Diaz-Castro share from their participation in the Ministry Inquiry Program this past summer.

The Ministry Inquiry Program is an exciting opportunity of Mennonite Church USA for college-age young adults to explore pastoral ministry. The program offers the opportunity to experience first-hand what ministry is and to test your own gifts and sense of call. Participants work under the supervision of a pastor and are involved in many aspects of a minister’s life and work. For some students, an overseas assignment can be considered.

The Ministry Inquiry Program also offers pastors and congregations a specific way to be involved in helping students experience leadership in the church. Pastors serve as mentors and examples. Students learn by both observing and doing.

“I Have Uttered What I Did Not Understand” – Mark Thiessen Nation

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary.

Dr. Mark Thiessen Nation, professor of Theology, presents the Chapel Gathering address using the title, “I have uttered what I did not understand.” Mark 10:46-52, Job 42:1-10

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.

“Buddhism and Cognitive-Scientific Research” – Daniel Arnold

& University Colloquium Series.

Dr. Daniel Arnold, associate professor of the Philosophy of Religions in the University of Chicago Divinity School, presents the October colloquium presentation entitled “Buddhism and Cognitive-Scientific Research: Some Lessons for Religious Studies.” Dr. Arnold is a scholar of Indian Buddhist philosophy which he engages in a constructive and comparative way.

“Bicycle Friendly University” designation presentation

& University Chapels.

After chapel, President Swartzendruber was presented with  the University’s designation as a “Bicycle Friendly University” by the League of American Bicyclists.