Visiting Pastor, Melissa Florer-Bixler, encourages us to “rethink power” in the ways of Jesus. She draws from experience with community organizing and inspiration for how Jesus tells us to think differently about power rather than simply embracing “powerlessness” as a Christian commitment.
Melissa Florer-Bixler was on campus for EMU’s visiting pastor program. Melissa is a member of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship (NC) and is on the pastoral staff of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, NC.
Students from the Washington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC) report on their experiences in the capital city.
EMSWA members share reflections on their experiences as women and feminine imagery in both Christianity and the world.
EMSWA is the Eastern Mennonite Women’s Association. EMSWA’s purpose is to empower members of the community; to deepen awareness; to develop relationships; and to create open and safe dialogue all with a focus on women and gender studies.
Rev. Meredith McNabb, Director of Clergy Excellence, Board of Ordained Ministries, Virginia United Methodist Conference, United Methodist Church.
“Wrestling Up” (Genesis 32:22-32 Romans 12:1-3, 9-21)
This is the first of two special Eastern Mennonite Seminary chapel presentations to help us discern our way through complexities related to denominational divisions rooted in different understandings of LGBTQ relationships.
Meredith McNabb is Director of Clergy Excellence, Board of Ordained Ministries, Virginia United Methodist Conference, United Methodist Church.
Clyde Kratz, the April 5 presenter, is Conference Minister, Virginia Mennonite Conference, Mennonite Church USA. He spoke on “Maintaining Right Relationships”
Neither presenter has been asked or agreed to provide all answers! Rather, both take into account that their national denominational assemblies have had or will be having difficult conversations amid sharp disagreements. Each reflects on what they have learned or implemented in their denominational leadership roles that may offer insights for the rest of us.
Holy Week chapel, held in the Campus Center Greeting Hall, featured engagement with the alfombra (carpet). The Latino Student Alliance prepared the alfombra to greet and celebrate the coming of Jesus among us! Reflect on paths we share with Jesus: immigrant, salvation, hope and suffering.