CIE Interfaith Forum: Sumanto Al Qurtuby

& Center for Interfaith Engagement.

Sumanto is a 2007 EMU CJP grad with a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University. His address, “Religion, Violence, and Conciliation: The Case of Ambon, Eastern Indonesia,” focuses on inter-religious conflicts, prospects for future peace, and challenges of interfaith engagement among Christians and Muslims. Sumanto, General Secretary, Nahdlatul Ulama Community in North America; is currently Research Fellow at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

For more info contact: Center for Interfaith Engagement, 540-432-4674 or email interfaith@emu.edu
www.emu.edu/interfaith

“Listening: Reflections from CPE”

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Student Speakers.

Summer CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) participants share their experiences and insights.

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.

“Let Go and Let It Be” – MA in Counseling program

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary.

Masters in Counseling Program Faculty and Students lead this Chapel Gathering in the Seminary (Reflection by LaDawn Knicely).

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.

It’s Time to Jump – Mama Brenda Matthews

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

Mama Brenda Matthews, Undergraduate Spiritual Life Week speaker, addresses Chapel Gathering in the Seminary.  Brenda is an ordained pastor, social activist and poet pregnant with purpose. She seeks to plant seeds of change in the hearts of those who have fallen through the cracks.

Chapel Gathering services held in Martin Chapel at Eastern Mennonite Seminary are planned by the Seminary community but open to all.

“Interfaith Peacebuilding in Africa” – Bruce Campbell-Janz

& University Chapels.

Hear stories of interfaith peacebuilding as experienced by Bruce Campbell-Janz, Director for Mennonite Central Committee East Coast, in this pre-MCC Relief Sale chapel.

Inside Athletics: October 5, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James dig into how some of the teams are handling their season and possibly revamping their expectations.  Dave also gives a little schedule update on next weekend’s Homecoming activities, including an invite to participate in the Paul R. Yoder Sr. Golf Classic.

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.

CIE Interfaith forum: Amir Akrami

& Center for Interfaith Engagement.

Amir Akrami, EMU’s first visiting Muslim scholar in the Center for Interfaith Engagement, addresses “Building Bridges through Interfaith Dialogue.” Dr. Akrami holds a PhD in philosophy of religion from McGill University, Montreal, and comes to EMU from the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran, Iran.

Dr. Akrami has been a regular participant in the internationally respected Building Bridges Seminars in London, 2002; Bosnia, 2005; Washington DC, 2006; Singapore, 2007 and Rome 2008, and has organized and participated in numerous interfaith conferences and workshops. He has written and published broadly.

For more info contact: Center for Interfaith Engagement, 540-432-4674 or email interfaith@emu.edu
www.emu.edu/interfaith

“Jesus’ Influence toward Peacebuilding” – Dann and Joji Pantoja

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, University Chapels.

On two separate  occasions this week, the EMU Campus had the opportunity to hear and visit with Dann and Joji Pantoja, MCC Canada Witness workers hosted locally by Virginia Mennonite Mission.  In these chapels, the couple gives witness to Jesus’ influence on their lives and peacebuilding.

As a young man raised in a church planting family, it was the radical communism sweeping through the Philippines that fired Dann’s imagination; later, it was a purge within those ranks that led to Dann’s emigration from the Philippines to Canada. After 911, God led Dann to eschew violence and embrace a theology of peace. A gifted communicator and effective organizer, Dann has returned to the Philippines, founding Peacebuilders Community in conflict ridden Mindanao. When asked what fuels his excitement and positive outlook in life despite the negative stuff happening around him, he responds, “It’s the positive influence of Jesus—a 1st century Palestinian carpenter who was executed by the imperial power of his time. He said: “Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” He defied death—the ultimate negative factor in our cosmos.”

Dann’s wife Joji left a successful career in the investment and financial industry to join Dann in ministry in Mindanao, realizing that sustainable economic development is crucial to her people’s search for just-peace. She says, “I can’t imagine having a summary of my life printed on my tombstone as: “Spent her life managing rich people’s money.”I want to be remembered as: “A person who walked with the people as they find dignity through sustainable economic development.”

Inside Athletics: September 28, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James look at EMU Athletics through the lense of “Two steps forward, one step back.”  It really fits so many topics!

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.

“Gun Violence – Fear Not, Seek Peace” – MCC East Coast

& University Chapels.

Is it possible to bring to light the realities of gun violence in the U.S. and to humanize the crisis by people telling their stories of how they have been impacted? The Gun Violence Prevention Storytelling Tour provides a time to reflect on ways that Christians in America are responding. Why this issue? We believe Jesus calls Christians to confront and expose the idolatry and violence of the gun culture in America today.

The Gun Violence Prevention Storytelling Tour, with Curtis Book and Fred Kauffman, is sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) East Coast. Curtis serves as Coordinator for Peace and Justice ministries and Fred serves as Philadelphia program coordinator for MCC East Coast. They are both deeply involved in an ongoing weekly Christian protest/presence at a Gun shop in Philadelphia that sells handguns that are used in many of the crimes in the Philadelphia region. Come find out why.

The video shown in this chapel can be viewed here.