Inside Athletics: March 8, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics,” Dave and James recap a busy and exciting weekend for the spring sports and then talk about what Spring Break looks like for the teams. Dave also gives an update on some of the coaching searches.


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.

Inside Athletics: March 2, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics,” Dave and James recap the end of the basketball seasons and the ODAC Basketball Tournament in Salem.  They talk about the busy weekend and Spring Break which are coming up, and then close the show with a discussion about recruiting and the blurry lines between coaches and admissions.

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.

“Seek the Peace of the City: A Volunteer’s Journey in NY” – Megan Grove

& University Chapels.

Megan Grove, 2011 graduate of EMU, shares reflections from her experiences in Mennonite Voluntary Service. This chapel also includes a time of sending for students participating in spring break Y-Trips and other forms of outreach.
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In September 2011, Megan moved to New York City where she now serves with Mennonite Voluntary Service as a Research and Policy Associate at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center. Megan puts her skills to use by writing reports, partnering with community organizations that represent low-income and marginalized New Yorkers, and assisting non-profit attorneys.

“Worshiping God as Mother” – Dr. Reta Halteman Finger

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

A Biblical metaphor for God, Reta Halteman Finger, Ph.D. Emerita Professor of New Testament, Messiah College.

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.

“The Church’s Politic of Fullness…” – Dr. David Fitch

& University Colloquium Series.

Dr. David Fitch  presents the February Colloquium lecture on “The Church’s Politic of Fullness: How Ideology and Antagonism Work Against the Bold Witness of the Gospel.” David is the Betty R. Lindner Professor of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary. He heads up the M.A. in Missional Church Ministry at Northern and has held various part-time professor positions in the past ten years. David currently serves as one of three pastors at Life on the Vine Christian Community.

Seminary Senior Capstone Presentations – Feb. 29, 2012

& Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Brian Gumm,
Wringing Out Saturated Selves: Christian Education in a SecularAge

Aaron Kauffman,
Anabaptist Missional Project: In But Not of the (Mennonite) Empire?

Brian and Aaron are part of the Anabaptist Missional Project. AMP is a “network of emerging leaders who love Jesus, care about the church, and seek to be part of God’s mission in the world,” They are planning an upcoming conference that will also explore themes related to their capstone projects.  Visit the conference website to learn more.

Students in the seminary’s Master of Divinity program complete Capstone Integration Projects across the two semesters of their senior year. During the fall semester, they negotiate with the professors in the Formation in Missional Leadership class the design of their projects. They then complete their projects in the spring, producing a final paper and making a public presentation. These podcasts are of students’ public presentations.

**Note: Each presentation is followed by a Question & Answer time, for which the questions were not miked, so the inaudible sections have been removed from the podcast.  Therefore, the second part of each presentation may seem a bit disjointed

“Into the Woods” – Dr. David F. Evans

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary.

David F. Evans, Ph.D., candidate for EMS faculty position in Mission, Intercultural and Interfaith Studies, preaches from Mark 1:9-15

Professor Evans is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the History of Christianity at The Drew Theological School. He has academic degrees from Spring Arbor College in Michigan, Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and Drew University in New Jersey. Professor Evans is interested in how white

Protestant American forms of Christianity have been perceived through the eyes/experiences of people who live in the national, religious, and racial margins of the United States. He is currently working on a project exploring Methodist missionaries’ perception of Italian immigrants in early twentieth-century America as racial others.

In addition to his appointment at Drew University Theological School, Dr. Evans serves as a pastor for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

In a personal statement offered to the search committee, Dr. Evans describes growing up in fragmented settings that led to attending Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran churches. As a teenager lost in various destructive circumstances, he drew strength from biblical teaching he remembered hearing as a boy in a revivalist camp. He then moved into new life as he cried out to Jesus, “Help me.”

At Spring Arbor College he learned the importance of community to the Christian walk. After college he attended Washington (D.C.) Community Fellowship, where he learned of the Anabaptist emphasis on discipleship. Several years of serving with Mennonite Central Committee deepened his understanding that to follow Christ is to promote justice and serve others.

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.

“Ordinary Women as Agents of Social Change” – Dorca Kisare Ressler

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Dorca Kisare Ressler, International Student Services, and the International Student Organization lead in this chapel to recognize International Women’s Day with scripture and reflections on ordinary women as agents of social change.  Dorca Kisare Ressler serves as Director of International Student Services at EMU.