Parables – everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers. Join Duane Yoder, Pastor at Lindale Mennonite Church, as he teaches the Parable of Workers in the Vineyard, from Matthew 20. Parables is the campus ministry theme for the year.
Lauren Winner has written of her personal faith journey and is familiar with the issues raised by the School for leadership Training theme of A Church for All Generations in an Age of “Nones”. She opens the 2015 SLT by addressing the intersections and challenges of these two in her keynote, “Fear and Courage in a Tiny Church: Reflections on Life in a Small Parish.” Lauren Winner is a historian, author and lecturer and Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School.
MLK, Jr. Celebration Chapel features the Rev. Dr. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani preaching on There’s Power in the Blood.
Dr. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani is the professor and chair of the Department of Black Studies. Before joining the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2012, he taught Sociology and African Studies at James Madison University. Dr. Imani earned Doctorate and Masters of Arts degrees in Sociology and a Masters of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. Dr. Imani is on the editorial board for two journals, Critical Sociology and the Journal of Racial Pedagogy.
Civil Disobedience/Divine Obedience: Jesus and MLK’s vision of the Beloved Community – A sermon based on Mark 1:4-11, Anton Flores-Maisonet examines the baptism of Jesus as a defining moment when Christ modeled the call for his followers to consider the cost involved in building the Beloved Community.
A goal of Gospel nonviolence is not just to secure justice but to also convert the “enemy” of those who suffer injustice. Through captivating story-telling, Anton Flores-Maisonet shares glimpses of when loving nonviolence has brought about glimpses of conversion in the immigrants’ rights movement in Georgia.
Matt Carlson leads a Welcome Back Hymn Sing drawing from favorite hymns of the various Christian denominations and traditions represented in our student body. There will be a time of sending for the Middle East Cross-Cultural group.
Provost Fred Kniss launches the semester with a focus on “Diversity and
Belonging: Love and the Liberal Arts.” John 15:10-17
Chapel closes with a time of sending for the Guatemala-Cuba Cross-Cultural group at the close of the service.
Dr. Lonnie Yoder, EMS Associate Dean and Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, opens the Seminary’s Spring Semester with a convocation address, “Hold on, let go, Let’s go!”
“In the midst of the intriguing times in which we live (e.g. rapid and constant change, over-committed lives, foundational challenges, and the experience of multiple losses), the Biblical witness orients us in terms of identity and calling. We are invited to both hold on and let go as we embrace our common mission of making disciples.”