Parable of Two Men Praying – Dr. Myron Augsburger

& Parables, University Chapels.


Parables – everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers. Join President Emeritas Myron Augsburger in diving into the parable of two men who went to the temple to pray in search of meaning for us and our context. Parables is the campus ministry theme for the year.

“Off the Lampstand and Into the World” – Charlie Tinsley

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.

Charlie Tinsley, a Methodist student at EMS, brings the message to Chapel Gathering.  His message, based on the gospel passage from John 1:5, 9-13, is entitled, “Off the Lampstand and Into the World: Taking the Light into Areas of Darkness.”

“Suter Science Seminar” – Emeriti Panel Discussion

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Other Speaking Events.

Six Professors Emeriti share history and perspective from their own experiences in their teaching careers at EMU.

Panel discussion with Drs. Kenton Brubaker, Glenn M. Kauffman, Galen Lehman, Joseph W. Mast,Clair Mellinger, and Millard Showalter

Dr. Kenton Brubaker graduated from EMU (then EMC) in 1954 after three years as a biology major there and a senior year as an agronomy major at Cornell University. He then earned a masters and doctorate in horticulture at Ohio State University. He began teaching at EMC in 1959, branching out in many areas of biology: biochemistry, genetics, ecology, and agriculture. One of his primary interests was international agriculture, fostered by a three year teaching term with Mennonite Central Committee in the Congo (1962-65).

Dr. Glenn M. Kauffman attended EMU (then EMC) in 1956-60, and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Goshen College in 1961. At the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1960’s, he served as Teaching Assistant, Busch Fellow, and National NSF Pre-doctoral Fellow. He earned his PhD in physical organic chemistry in 1966. Dr. Kauffman served as Professor of Chemistry and Department Head at EMU from 1965-2003. Various committee involvements at EMU included the Academic Council, the Pre-professional Health Science Advisory Committee, and the EMU research Review Board. He also served as the Chemical Hygiene Officer and was the co-principal investigator on several grant proposals. Over the years he taught at EMU, Dr. Kauffman also engaged in research and served as a research professor at the University of Florida, The University of Toronto, and James Madison University.

Dr. Galen Lehman earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from EMU (then EMC) in 1973, a master’s in General Experimental Psychology from Hollins College in 1980, and a doctorate in Applied Experimental Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1988. He retired from EMU in 2014 after serving 39 years as Professor of Psychology. (For several years prior to his retirement, he had been the longest-serving professor at EMU.) During his tenure at EMU, he served on “almost every committee” (including the Strategic Planning Council) and chaired a number of task forces (including co-chairing the EMU Structure task-force). He has served as a researcher and consultant to many large corporations including Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Association, Dominos Pizza, and USAID. Galen also served as Caribbean Regional Director for Virginia Mennonite Missions for 18 years, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Park View Federal Credit Union for 12 years.

Dr. Joseph Mast received a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from EMU (then EMC). He also received a Masters and PhD in Astronomy, and later a Master of Computer Science degree, from the University of Virginia. Dr. Mast taught at EMU for 37 years, beginning in the Physics department and later the Mathematical Sciences department. He was involved in the M. T. Brackbill planetarium program from its beginning and served as Director for twenty years. He was one of the charter members of the Park View Federal Credit Union. Joe enjoys reading and solving Sudoku puzzles.

Dr. Clair Mellinger taught in the EMU Biology Department for 37 years. A graduate of EMC, he earned a PhD in Plant Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On his return to EMC as the non-pre-professional-health professor in the department, he taught, at one time or another, almost every other course not having human anatomy or physiology in its title. When D. Ralph Hostetter retired he inherited many of his courses, including the ornithology course. Subsequently Clair spent much of his summer and sabbatical time on ornithological projects. This interest led to his serving as the President, Murray Research Award Committee Chair, and Board member in the Virginia Society of Ornithology. At EMU, he served for many years as the Biology Department Chair and the Director of the Suter Science Center. From 1980-2005 he was the Curator of the D. Ralph Hostetter Museum of Natural History. He served on the Dean’s Committee, COTE, Assessment Committee, and other committees during his tenure. Since retirement, he has more time to spend with his family, as well as indulging in reading, travel, and more bird watching.

Dr. Millard Showalter earned his bachelor’s degree from EMU (then EMC) in 1962. He later earned master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina (MM, 1966) and Vanderbilt University (MA, 1971), as well as a doctorate from the University of Virginia (EdD, 1981). Dr. Showalter served in EMU’s mathematical sciences department for 32 years (1966 – 1998). During his tenure at EMU, he advised the math education majors and served on various committees including Academic Council, Dean’s Committee, Honor’s Program Committee, and the General Education Curriculum Committee. For a number of years he served as department chair, and as building coordinator of the Suter Science Center. Millard was known for his presentations of memorized scriptural passages in chapel.

Homecoming Chapel – “And the Two Shall Become One” – Dr. Donald Oswald ’75

& University Chapels.

Viewing work and spiritual formation as two distinct activities, we try with little success to make them consistent. If we can recognize that they are not two things but that they are already one, that they rise from one common impetus, we may find that both are enhanced.

Donald Oswald, director of diagnostics and research at Commonwealth Autism Service in Richmond, Virginia, is EMU’s Alumnus of the Year for 2014. Under Oswald’s leadership, the clinic has become a model in the Mid-Atlantic as a training site for interdisciplinary teams that wish to provide an assessment for children who might be diagnosed with autism.

“Transformation Dynamics of Clinical Pastoral Education”

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.

Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, led by students from the Summer 2014 CPE class.

“Life Beyond the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting – One Light Still Shines” – Marie Monville

& Other Speaking Events.

In an evening lecture, Marie Monville shares from her book, One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting.

“No matter how tragic your circumstances, your life is not a tragedy. It is a love story. And in your love story, when you think all the lights have gone out, one light still shines.” – Marie Monville

This became the anthem to Marie’s life when on October 2, 2006, her then husband made a decision to hold an Amish school house hostage, forever changing life as she knew it. This is Marie’s testimony. On her darkest day, Marie simply chose to believe that HE IS. Marie ministers the truth of God’s love: it is deep enough to heal any wound, strong enough to break all bondage, and it brings life to the broken and light to those in darkness. She will inspire you to dive deep into a passionate, transformative love relationship with God.

“One Light Still Shines” – Marie Monville

& University Chapels.

Marie Monville shares from her book, One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting.

“No matter how tragic your circumstances, your life is not a tragedy. It is a love story. And in your love story, when you think all the lights have gone out, one light still shines.” – Marie Monville

This became the anthem to Marie’s life when on October 2, 2006, her then husband made a decision to hold an Amish school house hostage, forever changing life as she knew it. This is Marie’s testimony. On her darkest day, Marie simply chose to believe that HE IS. Marie ministers the truth of God’s love: it is deep enough to heal any wound, strong enough to break all bondage, and it brings life to the broken and light to those in darkness. She will inspire you to dive deep into a passionate, transformative love relationship with God.

“So you want to be a neighbor?” – Ron Byler

& University Chapels.

Ron Byler helps to launch the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale with a presentation on Jesus’ interchange with the lawyer in Luke 10 and the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

Ron Byler serves as Executive Director of Mennonite Central Committee US (MCC). MCC is a global, nonprofit organization that strives to share God’s love and compassion for all through relief, development and peace.

“Christianity without consequence: Called to a ministry of reconciliation” – J. Ron Byler

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

“Christianity without consequence: Called to a ministry of reconciliation,”
II Corinthians 5:16-20. J. Ron Byler, Mennonite Central Committee US Executive Director.

April 2014 marked 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda and Burundi.  Two of the most Christianized countries in Africa became the place where Christians killed other Christians.  What can we learn from this experience about the ministry of reconciliation we are called to, in Africa and in the United States?

“Hymn Sing Inspired by the Parables” – Anne Waltner

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Parables, University Chapels.

Parables – everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers. Join Anne Waltner, Assistant Professor of Music, and friends for a hymn sing inspired by the Parables of Jesus. Parables is the campus ministry theme for the year.