“Homecoming Chapel” — Isabel Castillo ’07

& Homecoming, University Chapels.

Homecoming Chapel:

Still in her 20s, Isabel Castillo ’07 is already a nationally recognized leader of the immigration-law reform movement in the United States. She was the commencement speaker at the University of San Francisco, was called one of “the 21 brave thinkers of 2011” by Atlantic magazine, and was featured prominently in the New York Times.

“A Neighborhood Watch for Trayvon” — David Evans

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Discernment, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

Dr. David Evans, EMS Assistant Professor of History, Mission, Intercultural and Interfaith Studies, reflects on the high-profile Trayvon Martin shooting in relatively recent news, and he articulates the need for hospitality and getting to know our neighbors. Deuteronomy 10:14-22 and Matthew 7:21-23.

Seminary Dean Dr. Michael King has begun to articulate a vision for EMS as a “Discernment Training Center” (see Convocation, Fall 2012 and Convocation, Fall 2013). This fall semester, Seminary Faculty are sharing about their own awareness of the topic of discernment through the lens of their own particular discipline or area of study.

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.

“Abide in My Love” – Ken Medema

& "Love One Another", Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

Closing Spiritual Life Week, guest musician Ken Medema focuses on the theme “Abide in My Love.” Abide in My Love: Every home needs work. What does our “home” work look like? Stories: What makes it hard to love?

Though blind from birth, Ken sees and hears with heart and mind, custom-designing every musical moment of his performance with brilliant improvisation that defies description. Ken’s artistry and imagination have reached audiences of 50 to 50,000 people in 49 states and in more than 15 countries on four continents.

Ken’s lyrics generally provide social commentary on themes such as justice, hunger, poverty, homelessness, and Christian charity as it pertains to them. Performances regularly include songs improvised both musically and lyrically by accepting audience recommendations, sermon topics, or guest speaker stories as their basis. He performs in national and worldwide congregations, campuses, youth gatherings, and annual assemblies.

“Do What You Love and Please God” – Ken Medema

& "Love One Another", Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Spiritual Life Week.

The Seminary Community and others gather to hear EMU Spiritual Life Week guest Ken Medema focus on the theme “Do What You Love and Please God.” How do we imagine God’s will for our lives?

Though blind from birth, Ken sees and hears with heart and mind, custom-designing every musical moment of his performance with brilliant improvisation that defies description. Ken’s artistry and imagination have reached audiences of 50 to 50,000 people in 49 states and in more than 15 countries on four continents.

Ken’s lyrics generally provide social commentary on themes such as justice, hunger, poverty, homelessness, and Christian charity as it pertains to them. Performances regularly include songs improvised both musically and lyrically by accepting audience recommendations, sermon topics, or guest speaker stories as their basis. He performs in national and worldwide congregations, campuses, youth gatherings, and annual assemblies.

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.
*NOTE* Due to equipment issues, a large portion of the earlier part of this chapel is not available on this podcast.  Ken’s first comments may seem out of place and out of context because they were not truly his opening comments at the chapel service.

“Abide in My Love” – Ken Medema

& "Love One Another", Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

Jesus said to his friends, make your home in my love. What does it mean to be at home in this love? Stories: A place that they felt at home. Ken Medema opens the Fall 2013 Spiritual Life Week chapel with the theme “Abide in My Love.”

Though blind from birth, Ken sees and hears with heart and mind, custom-designing every musical moment of his performance with brilliant improvisation that defies description. Ken’s artistry and imagination have reached audiences of 50 to 50,000 people in 49 states and in more than 15 countries on four continents.

Ken’s lyrics generally provide social commentary on themes such as justice, hunger, poverty, homelessness, and Christian charity as it pertains to them. Performances regularly include songs improvised both musically and lyrically by accepting audience recommendations, sermon topics, or guest speaker stories as their basis. He performs in national and worldwide congregations, campuses, youth gatherings, and annual assemblies.

“Discerning God’s Purposes in Extraordinary Times” — Lawrence Yoder

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Discernment, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

Dr. Lawrence Yoder, EMS Professor Emeritus of Missiology, explores what it means to “discern God’s purposes in extraordinary times,” drawing from Jeremiah 23:23-32 and Luke 12:49-56.

Seminary Dean Dr. Michael King has begun to articulate a vision for EMS as a “Discernment Training Center” (see Convocation, Fall 2012 and Convocation, Fall 2013). This fall semester, Seminary Faculty are sharing about their own awareness of the topic of discernment through the lens of their own particular discipline or area of study.

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.

“Love One Another” — Hymn Sing

& "Love One Another", Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Matthew Hunsberger leads a Hymn Sing of requests submitted by members of the EMU community by e-mail earlier this week.  The selections center around the theme “Love One Another.”

“The Idolatry of God” – Peter Rollins

& University Colloquium Series.

Dr. Peter Rollins presents at the September university colloquium on “The Idolatry of God.” Dr.  Rollins, a widely traveled and prominent emerging church theologian and philosopher, hails from Ireland. His current speaking engagements focus on the theme: To believe is human; to doubt divine. He is the author of numerous books, most recently The Idolatry of God.

“The Orthodox Heretic” – Peter Rollins

& University Chapels.

Peter Rollins, a widely traveled and prominent emerging church theologian, hails from Ireland. His current speaking engagements focus on the theme: To believe is human; to doubt divine. He is the author of numerous books, most recently The Idolatry of God.

“Instead, Fix Your Attention on God” — Michael King

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Discernment, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Spiritual Life Week.

Michael King, EMU Vice President and Dean of EMS, begins the Seminary’s  Fall 2013 Spiritual Life Week with reflections on Romans 12: “The Counter-Intuitive Miracle.” The theme of Spiritual Life Week is, “Let love be Genuine…A Discerning Journey.”

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.