“Conflict from Above: The Drive for Accumulation” Dr. Walter Brueggemann

& School for Leadership Training, Seminary.

Does a day go by without some thought or conversation about money? The economic climate? The lack of funds for a congregational program or project? The juggling act with personal bills? The search for wisdom about how to be good stewards of what we do have?

Walter Brueggemann offers the first of three plenary address for the 2012 School for Leadership Training.  Brueggemann uses Pharaoh as a model and metaphor for the drive to accumulate. It is a drive borne in anxiety that issues in the destruction of the neighborhood and the normalization of violence in society.

The 2012 theme for School for Leadership Training seeks to engage church and business leaders in an exploration of such questions and to plumb the wisdom of those living with possible answers. This school intentionally invites us to look deeply at how our handling of money flows out of or impacts our faith.  Walter Brueggemann’s evening keynote addresses give us scriptural footing for our explorations.

University Convocation: “Called to Peacebuilding” – Dr. Loren Swartzendruber

& University Chapels.

President Loren Swartzendruber speaks on peacebuilding, one of the EMU shared values, for the opening convocation of spring semester. Chapel closes with a time of sending for the Guatemala & Mexico Cross-cultural Seminar group at the end of convocation.

Also check out the video that was shown in chapel before President Swartzendruber spoke!

Matthew 5:3-10
James 3:17-18

Seminary Convocation: “Sustaining Life” Dr. Lonnie Yoder

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

Dr. Lonnie Yoder, Eastern Mennonite Seminary Associate Dean, offers the Spring semester convocation address for  Chapel Gathering at the Seminary

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

Cross-cultural Chapel: South Africa & Lesotho

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Students from the South Africa and Lesotho cross-cultural seminar share experiences and reflections from their recent adventure.

December Graduates Service

& Commencement.

Provost Dr. Fred Kniss addresses the mid-year graduating Seniors in this special service recognizing their achievements.

Homecoming Worship Service

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Homecoming.

Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, receives EMU’s “Alumna of the Year Award” and shares personal reflections. Also being honored posthumously is Glen Lapp, EMU’s “Distinguished Service Award” recipient, who was killed in 2010 while on a medical relief trip to a remote part of Afghanistan.  Reverend David Myers also brings greetings from the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Reunion Gathering

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Homecoming.

The reunion classes gather in Lehman Auditorium for a short presentation.  President Swartzendruber recognizes the newest inductees into the EMU Hall of Honor, as well as Alumna of the year Leymah Gbowee and the Distinguished Service Award recipient Glen Lapp. Leymah Gbowee and the parents of Glen Lapp offer a response of gratitude.

Pray The Devil Back to Hell

& Homecoming.

Hear the introduction of and response by 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate and EMU Alumna of the year Leymah Gbowee.   “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” is an award-winning documentary about the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war.  The documentary is not included in this podcast, but an introduction to the evening is followed by a response presentation by Leymah Gbowee.

Inspired Peacebuilding – Leymah Gbowee ’11 and Doug Hostetter ’66

& Homecoming, University Chapels.

Leymah Gbowee and Doug Hostetter share stories on their experiences with faith-inspired peace building.  Carolyn Stauffer is worship leader.

Carolyn Stauffer is Assistant Professor in the Applied Social Sciences Department.

Doug Hostetter serves as the Mennonite Central Committee Representative to the United Nations and is a EMU alumnus. Doug is the 1966 class president.

Leymah Gbowee is a social activist and alumnus of the EMU Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She is the 2011 EMU Alumna of the Year and was recently awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, sharing the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and women’s rights activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

SLW closing chapel: Get Out of the Boat – Brenda Matthews

& Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

Mama Brenda Matthews preaches on Matthew 14:25-32 and from her urban context in Chicago, IL in this high energy call to take risks of faith in following Jesus.  Brenda is speaking in various events on campus this week for Spiritual Life Week.