“Empire, and the Power of Withdrawal” – Isaac Villegas

& #Occupy Empire mini-conference.

#Occupy Empire: Anabaptism in God’s Mission

Isaac Villegas offers a sermon, “Empire and the Power of Withdrawal” in the opening worship of a mini-conference on “Christian Witness in, but not of, the Empire.” Isaac Villegas is the pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina, and he teaches seminary classes in prisons with Project TURN.

Conference planners Brian Gumm and Aaron Kauffman describe the conference in this way:

“Anabaptism at its best has been a series of attempts both to live into God’s in-breaking occupation and to faithfully occupy the empires of this fallen age, signaling the shalom to come. Anabaptists have gone about this work by imaginatively patterning their worship and witness after the New Testament communities of Jesus. Come explore ways in which the Anabaptist tradition can help inspire faithful occupation in today’s world. Interdisciplinary academic presentations will be infused with worship and testimonies to open our minds and spirits to where God is calling us into mission in the midst of empire.”

Inside Athletics:April 13, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, James runs the show with Dave out of town.  He gives a little recap to sporting events as well as the inaugural CVC All-East Division Team in men’s volleyball, but spends the majority of the time talking with Softball Coach J.D. McCurdy.  They talk about the flow of the season, the balanced ODAC, and preparing for the postseason.

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.

“Mining the Early Church for Mission” – Augsburger Lectures

& Augsburger Lecture Series.

Alan and Eleanor Kreider speak on “Mining the Early Church for Mission” for the Augsburger Lecture Series. “Our Journey into Worship and Mission” is the theme Alan and Eleanor Kreider bring to the campus community as guests for the Augsburger Lecture series this spring.

Alan and Eleanor Kreider
The Kreiders bring scholarship, storytelling, and experience to incarnational missiology. The Kreiders spent 30 years in England, where they were directors of the London Mennonite Centre, teaching in Manchester and Oxford. They have experienced a Christendom culture and its withering, which is the framework for their thought about worship and mission; they have seen the relevance of Anabaptist theology and practice. Alan and Eleanor are the co-founders of Anabaptist Network and were popularizers of Anabaptism to ordinary Christians. They believe worship and mission are central concerns, and hold a passion for the integration of the two. Peace, reconciliation, and the Early Church are interests which under-gird their work. Eleanor is co-editor of Take Our Moments and our Days (2011), and also holds degrees in piano performance. Alan and Eleanor have written many books, most recently Worship and Mission After Christendom (Herald Press, 2011).

Augsburger Lectureship
The Augsburger Lectureship provides resources to annually bring to campus a noted lecturer(s) to address pertinent topics in the area of Christian evangelism and mission for the stimulation and development of a vision for evangelism and missions for the students, faculty and staff of EMU.

“Banqueting in Corinth” – The Augsburger Lectures

& Augsburger Lecture Series, Chapel Gathering in the Seminary.

“Our Journey into Worship and Mission” is the theme Alan and Eleanor Kreider will bring to the campus community as guests for the Augsburger Lecture series this spring. Their theme for seminary chapel on April 12 is “Banqueting in Corinth.”

Alan and Eleanor Kreider
The Kreiders bring scholarship, storytelling, and experience to incarnational missiology. The Kreiders spent 30 years in England, where they were directors of the London Mennonite Centre, teaching in Manchester and Oxford. They have experienced a Christendom culture and its withering, which is the framework for their thought about worship and mission; they have seen the
relevance of Anabaptist theology and practice. Alan and Eleanor are the co-founders of Anabaptist Network and were popularizers of Anabaptism to ordinary Christians. They believe worship and mission are central concerns, and hold a passion for the integration of the two. Peace, reconciliation, and the Early Church are interests which under-gird their work. Eleanor is co-editor of Take Our Moments and our Days (2011), and also holds degrees in piano performance. Alan and Eleanor have written many books, most recently Worship and Mission After Christendom (Herald Press, 2011).

Augsburger Lectureship
The Augsburger Lectureship provides resources to annually bring to campus a noted lecturer(s) to address pertinent topics in the area of Christian evangelism and mission for the stimulation and development of a vision for evangelism and missions for the students, faculty and staff of EMU.

Campus chapel services
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.

“Noticing” with Alan and Eleanor Kreider – Augsburger Lectures

& Augsburger Lecture Series, University Chapels.

Alan and Eleanor Kreider speak on “Noticing” as part of their “Worship and Mission after Christendom” series for the Augsburger Lectureship.  “Our Journey into Worship and Mission” is the theme Alan and Eleanor Kreider bring to the campus community as guests for the Augsburger Lecture series this spring.

Alan and Eleanor Kreider
The Kreiders bring scholarship, storytelling, and experience to incarnational missiology. The Kreiders spent 30 years in England, where they were directors of the London Mennonite Centre, teaching in Manchester and Oxford. They have experienced a Christendom culture and its withering, which is the framework for their thought about worship and mission; they have seen the relevance of Anabaptist theology and practice. Alan and Eleanor are the co-founders of Anabaptist Network and were popularizers of Anabaptism to ordinary Christians. They believe worship and mission are central concerns, and hold a passion for the integration of the two. Peace, reconciliation, and the Early Church are interests which under-gird their work. Eleanor is co-editor of Take Our Moments and our Days (2011), and also holds degrees in piano performance. Alan and Eleanor have written many books, most recently Worship and Mission After Christendom (Herald Press, 2011).

Augsburger Lectureship
The Augsburger Lectureship provides resources to annually bring to campus a noted lecturer(s) to address pertinent topics in the area of Christian evangelism and mission for the stimulation and development of a vision for evangelism and missions for the students, faculty and staff of EMU.

Think Differently– not ‘Try Harder’ – Pastor Jess Engle

& University Chapels.

Consider what it means to think differently rather than “trying harder” with reflections from Matthew 5:38-42 and John 20:21-22 plus personal narrative. His daughter, Grace, responds with an original song following the message.

Jess Engle is married to Naomi and together they have 3 daughters – Anna, an EMU grad teaching in Japan; Grace, a senior at EMU; and Marie, a freshman voice major at Northwestern University near Chicago, IL.

Jess taught elementary school for 11 years – 3 years in Luray, VA. He and Naomi graduated from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 2002. They pastored together at Aurora Mennonite Church in eastern Ohio for 7 years and have pastored at West Clinton Mennonite in western Ohio the last 3 years.

Jess loves encouraging young people, sports, exercise, reading fiction.

Oh yeah . . . and his dad is Jim Engle at the seminary.

 

“Teach us to number our days” – Don Yoder

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

On his 69th birthday, and approaching retirement,  Don Yoder, Director of Seminary Admissions at EMS, reflects on the calling that brought him to EMS, as well as some of the things he’s learned during his time here.

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.

Inside Athletics:April 5, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

A Parent’s Perspective on Collegiate Athletics–

This week’s special guest is Jim Smucker, a businessman from Pennsylvania who is spending this semester at EMU teaching and doing research for the business department.  Jim has three children who are, or planning to play collegiate sports.  His son Jordy is a Division I baseball player and Jim shares about his experiences in the recruiting process and making a college choice.  As a former coach at a variety of levels, Jim reflects on the differences between the perspective of a coach and that of a parent.  He also talks about the value of the athletic experience in preparing students for the workplace and the qualities he looks for in hiring employees.  Jim provides a very balanced approach to athletics based on his personal experiences.

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.

“The Thursday before…” – Maundy Thursday Chapel Gathering

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

The Maundy Thursday Chapel Gathering in the Seminary centers around the rituals of Footwashing and Communion, followed by the traditional Thursday Lenten Lunch.  In this podcast, Dr. Mark Thiessen Nation offers a meditation related to the experience of footwashing.

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.

CIE Interfaith Forum – Mohammed Ghanem: From Syrian English Teacher to Peacebuilder

& Center for Interfaith Engagement.

“An Invitation for Discrimination! The Covenant of Umar”

The Covenant of Umar is a treaty that was concluded between the Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab and Sophronius, the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Ghanem has translated this treaty and researched how it can be used as an example of Muslim-Christian relations. He also talks about his pilgrimage from English teacher to peacebuilder.

A Fulbright scholar, Ghanem joined the EMU community from his position as assistant professor in the English Department at Damascus University. He will earn a masters degree in conflict transformation from CJP this summer.

Ghanem earned a bachelors degree in English literature and a diploma in English translation from Damascus University. He is also an English language tutor at Syrian Virtual University.

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