Seminary Dean, Dr. Michael King, opens the EMS fall semester with his convocation address, “Spellbound: Present at the Big Bang.”
In many ways, it seems to me, church is unraveling, whether at broad cultural or denominational levels or in the decline of our personal loyalties to faith communities or structures. Yet amazing weavings and reweavings unfold even within whatever is unraveling.
For example, any of us open to it are participating in the miracle of becoming ourselves as persons made in the image of God. This vision came to me as powerfully as it ever has through observing the process in my own granddaughter. She has been holding me spellbound as she teaches me that even the faintest gusts of love or laughter, of dismissal or devaluation, have amazing power to form or deform.
As I watch the formation of my granddaughter, I marvel at the miracle of weaving which unfolds as we’re formed by each other, God, and our growth in self-understanding. In light of that, I want to ask how, in both simple yet primal ways, theological/formational training and our lives in community with each other contribute to our being formed as the selves God
invites us to be.
During the 2015 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference, several EMU Faculty and Staff share stories:
The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival comes to a rest each year with the “Leipzig Service.” This year’s homily was offered by David Evans, Asst. Professor of History and Mission at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. His message was titled, “When There Is No Peace,” and his remarks here were made more poignant by the shooting deaths of nine African-American churchgoers gathered for prayer at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC this week.
EMU celebrates the University’s 96th Annual Commencement. Dr. E.J Dionne, Jr. offers the Commencement address. Graduate perspectives are shared by Emily Shenk, Jordan Luther, Kimberly Groff, and Najla El Mangoush.
EMU celebrates the University’s 97th Annual Commencement in this Baccalaureate Service. Dr. Kevin Seidel, assistant professor of language and literature, addresses the graduates with his speech titled “Leave Your Father’s House”. Senior class co-presidents Carissa Harnish and Everett Brubaker offer Senior Class Salutations.
The Cords of Distinction award honors the efforts of graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the university, community or society.
The Blue cord represents strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution; also willingness and openness to share thoughts and ideas.
The Gold cord represents love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university community in which all can take part; gold is also the color of achievement.
This years recipients of the Cords of Distinction are:
- Carissa Harnish, major in biology and Spanish; Manheim, Pennsylvania
- Emma King, major in digital media and communication and minor in journalism and photography; West Unity, Ohio
- Rachel King, major in biology; West Unity, Ohio
- Jacob Landis, major in congregational and youth ministry and biblical studies and minor in biology; Sterling, Illinois
- Rebecca Longenecker, major in English and minor in mathematics; Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Timothy (Jordan) Luther, major in biblical studies; Martinsville, Virginia
- Rebecca Martin, major in history and minor in economics and Spanish; Akron, Pennsylvania
- Gee Paegar, Jr., major in history and environmental sustainability and minor in political studies and international development; Monrovia, Liberia
- Erin Rheinheimer, major in art (K-12 education licensure) and minor in environmental sustainability; Alexandria, Virginia
- Emily Shenk, major in liberal arts (elementary education licensure); Goshen, Indiana
Eastern Mennonite Seminary celebrates the 66th Annual Commencement with an address by Dr. L. Gregory Jones, the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry, and Senior Strategist for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School.
The Spring semester nursing graduates celebrate the completion of their Nursing degrees in this traditional pinning ceremony. Don Tyson offers advice and reflections for the graduates.
Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s 2015 Baccalaureate service includes reflections by Nate Yoder on the theme, “Call and Responsibility.”