Receive challenge and inspiration from a civil rights mentor and lifelong activist calling us to faithfully confront racism and injustice – drawing from the wisdom of those who have gone before us.
Even fifty years after the civil rights movement, the transition from son and grandson of Klansmen to field secretary of SNCC seems quite a journey. In the early 1960s, when Bob Zellner’s professors thought he was crazy for even wanting to do research on civil rights, it was nothing short of remarkable. Now, in his memoir, Zellner tells how one white Alabamian joined ranks with the black students who were sitting-in, marching, fighting, and sometimes dying to challenge the southern way of life. He was in all the campaigns and was close to all the major figures. *The Wrong Side of Murder Creek* is Bob Zellner’s larger-than-life story, and he’s still telling it.
Bob Zellner’s engagement with the EMU community is sponsored by Campus Ministries, Multicultural and International Student Services (MISS), Black Student Union, and the Student Government Association (SGA).
Continuing the School for Leadership Training conversation:
Dr. David Evans, Assistant Professor of History, Mission, Intercultural and Interfaith Studies, leads the Seminary Chapel Gathering in conversation about “neighboring” others, using the parable of the Good Samaritan.
“What’s Stopping You.” …identify systems and institutions that make it difficult to draw near to people from different social groups
Gather to shine the light of service to humanity through the lens of climate justice such was seen last year at Standing Rock. Join the forming EMU student Coalition for Climate Justice, for Native American prayers, singing, reflections and a call to action.
Students Nathaniel Nissley and Abigail Shelly, and a staff member from a visiting Christian camp or retreat center, offer reflections on being “grounded in faith at camp.”
David Evans, Assistant Professor of History, Mission, Intercultural and Interfaith Studies, leads the Seminary Chapel Gathering in conversation about “neighboring” others, using the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Paul Yoder, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, shares personal stories and reflections on finding God and clarifying our roots in the midst of transition contributing to the chapel and campus ministries Grounded theme.
Paul J. Yoder is an assistant professor of teacher education. Paul earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in social studies education from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Paul is an EMU graduate with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in education. Before studying at UVA, Paul taught history at Thomas Harrison Middle School and English as a Second Language at Dayton Learning Center. Paul’s scholarship interests include the teaching and learning of history among culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. Paul’s publications and conference presentations have additionally addressed issues related to language, student identity, and the enacted curriculum (see attachment below). He is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council for the Social Studies.
Rebekah Nolt, Artist and EMS student, offers reflections on being an artist and then guides Chapel Gathering participants through a Visio Divina: Leaning into the questions and discovering meaning in the artwork before them. You may choose to listen to Rebekah’s guiding voice as you choose a piece of art with which to engage.
Lisa Schirch , Research Professor at CJP, reflects on A Mennonite at the Pentagon: Human Security in an Age of Terror.
Dr. Lisa Schirch is North American Research Director for the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, Senior Policy Advisor with the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and Research Professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.
In 2015, Schirch finished a 3 year project coordinating a global network to write a Handbook on Human Security: A Civil-Military-Police Curriculum and set of 40 peacebuilding case studies on Local Ownership in Security.
Schirch also is a member of several advisory and research review panels for Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva, Switzerland; the UN Development Program International Advisory Group on Infrastructures for Peace; and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands’ International Advisory Committee of Security and Rule of Law (SRoL) in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (FCAS) and the Knowledge Platform on Security & Rule of Law, and most recently was named by the US State Department as co-chair of the working group on engagement with religious actors by the Office on Religion and Global Affairs.
Dr. Chris Gingrich, professor of economics, shares on his 2015-16 sabbatical entitled: “Demand and Willingness-to-Pay for Bednets in Tanzania: Results from a Choice Experiment.”
Dr. Gingrich discusses his research on mosquito nets as a malaria prevention method in Africa. His research has important implications for public health policy as well as for theories of economic choice.
Marci Frederick, EMU Director of Libraries, further develops the chapel and campus ministries theme Grounded inspired by Ephesians 3:14-21.
Marci began as Hartzler Library Director in 2015. She holds an M. L. I. S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and additional Master’s degrees in Philosophy (Institute for Christian Studies) and American History (University of Wisconsin-Madison). She previously served as director of two liberal arts college libraries and one graduate school library.
Her many interests include Biblical studies, Black Gospel music, feminist philosophy and theology, social justice in librarianship, and the histories of reading and of radio broadcasting. She lives with her husband, Paul Cook, an artist, and daughter Jocelyn Cook.