How are you searching to clarify your call in life? Students who participated in the Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP) over the summer months share reflections from their experiences of exploring a sense of call to ministry.
In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James discuss the basketball teams and their respective three-game winning streaks. Dave then talks about the NCAA Convention he attended last week, giving some bullets points from two sessions he attended on a pair of hot-button current events.
Enter the stories of several women in the Bible through a moving and evocative presentation written and performed by Chris Parks.
David Evans speaks on “A Domesticated King” for the MLK Day Chapel in Lehman Auditorium.
David Evans, Asst Prof-History and Mission at the seminary, has worked in various ministry contexts. While living in Washington, DC, David was the Junior/Senior High Director of an out-of-school time program on Capitol Hill. Later he served as Community Development Resource coordinator with MCC East Coast. Most recently he was co-pastor of Boonton United Methodist Church in New Jersey. He loves to spend time with his wife, Faith, his two boys Isaac, 14 and Solomon, 7 and an infant Sophia Grace. He finds joy in playing and watching basketball and soccer. He is also an avid music enthusiast. Above all else, he would like to be known as someone who loves God with deep conviction and loves God’s people with a heart that is wide open.
Ph.D. Drew University Graduate Division of Religion, Historical Studies
M.Phil. Drew University, Historical Studies
M.T.S. Wesley Theological Seminary, History of Christianity
B.A. Spring Arbor College, Christian Ministries
Ideas of community identity are often built by drawing lines, defining what and who a community is and is not. When a community decides that Inclusion is a trait it values, it thus presents a challenge. This chapel address is a local look at how the Harrisonburg community and the Mennonites of the Valley addressed issues of inclusion and exclusion, with a special focus on Eastern Mennonite’s history.
Mark Metzler Sawin, professor of history, grew up in Hesston, a small, Mennonite town in rural Kansas. He attended Goshen College (Indiana) and then the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his MA and PhD in American Studies. Before coming to Eastern Mennonite University in 2001, Mark apprenticed as a chef, wrote for a culinary magazine, and managed a coffee shop, experiences that continue to color his teaching which is marked by an interdisciplinary hodgepodge of cultural studies, popular culture, literature and history. At EMU he currently serves as professor of U.S. History and as the director of the Honors program. In the larger academic world, Mark serves as a member of the Regional Chapters Committee of the American Studies Association and chaired that committee from 2011-13. He has also served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zagreb, Croatia (2008-09) and as the President of the Mid-Atlantic American Studies Association (2006-08). His scholarship focuses largely on the religious, literary, and popular culture of antebellum America (1850s); his book Raising Kane addresses Arctic explorer Elisha Kent Kane who authored two “best-selling” books about his travels while masterfully manipulating the popular media to enhance his celebrity status. Mark is currently launching a new project, editing a collection of stories by the notorious antebellum pop-fiction author and political rabble-rouser, Ned Buntline. Mark is married to Erika Metzler Sawin, a nursing professor at James Madison University, and has two children, Cora and Isaac.
This is one of the opening events for the MLK Day of Service & Learning program.
In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, James flies solo with Dave at NCAA meetings in sunny San Diego. James digs a little deeper into the big wins for both men’s and women’s basketball in their games Wednesday night, and talks about some big milestones for two individual players. He also sheds a little more light on this coming weekend, when both track and men’s volleyball get rolling.
Chapel Gathering in the Seminary incorporates an order of worship jointly prepared by a group of representatives from different parts of Canada for The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and The Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. This service joins the annual celebration in the Northern Hemisphere of the upcoming week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Greetings and a message are shared by Bill Neu, representative of the Focolare movement.
In what ways was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. formative or influential in the lives of local people? What is the impact of MLK, Jr. in today’s society? For what reasons was it important for Harrisonburg to rename a significant street the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way? Listen to first-person narratives from local people who have been shaped by MLK, Jr. in many ways.
Stan Maclin – Director of the Harriott Tubman Cultural Center
Titus Bender – EMU Professor Emeritas
This is the opening event for the MLK Day of Service & Learning program.
In Preparation for the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the accompanying chapel service led by guests from the Focolare movement on Thursday, Matthew Hunsberger and Seth Crissman lead a song service focusing on Christian unity within diversity. Kevin Clark and Dorothy Jean Weaver lead in prayers and the reading of scripture.
As a follow-up to President Swartzendruber’s opening convocation, students reflect on how climate change is impacting students and communities connected to EMU and what our role is in keeping the earth as a practice of faithfulness. Erin Rheinheimer and Melinda Norris present a list of “14 of Your Favorite Things that Climate Change is Ruining.” CJP student Fabrice Guerrier and Seminary student Eric Trinka also offer further reflections. Chapel also concludes with a sending for the Middle East Cross-cultural Seminar group.