“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.

Inside Athletics: Feb. 24, 2012

& Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Sports Information Director James De Boer again runs solo, recording on location from the ODAC Basketball Tournaments in Salem.  He gives a recap of the women’s Quarterfinals and sets up the men’s Quarterfinals, and also touches on the busy schedule for all of the sports.

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.

“Inspiring the Future” – Esther Nizer

& University Chapels.

Join Esther Nizer, president of the Harrisonburg area chapter of the NAACP, to consider “Inspiring the Future” and moving forward. This is the second chapel planned by Black Student Union as part of Black History Month.

Inside Athletics: Feb. 17, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics,” James runs the show as Dave is out of town for work.  With the men’s and women’s basketball seasons coming to a close this weekend, James talks about some the seeding possibilities and scenarios for both teams.  He also talks about a busy day in Yoder Arena on Saturday and closes with a couple of exciting bits of news concerning golf.

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.

Spiritual Life Week ‘Chapel Gathering’ – Shaun Groves

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Spiritual Life Week.

The good news of the Bible is not only about what we have been saved from, but also what we have been saved for – something to do with God’s plan to provide for the poor. This plan can be traced from an obscure law about bread in the biblical book of Exodus. Listen to explore and test this text.

Shaun Groves is a communicator who’s known by a lot of titles: Singer/songwriter. Speaker. Blogger. Husband. Daddy. Friend. He feels and thinks deeply and laughs easily. And he’s helping Christians discover what they were saved for, and being a voice for children around the world, desperate to be saved from poverty.

Spiritual Life Week Chapel: “Saved? For What?” – Shaun Groves

& Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

The good news of the Bible is not only about what we have been saved from, but also what we have been saved for – something to do with God’s plan to provide for the poor.

Shaun Groves is a singer/songwriter, speaker, blogger, husband, daddy and friend. He feels and thinks deeply and laughs easily and he’s helping Christians discover what they were saved for, and being a voice for children around the world who are desperate to  be saved from poverty.

“Brueggemann and the Fiction that Makes True” – Dr. Michael King

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Faculty/Staff Speakers, School for Leadership Training.

Referencing Hebrews 11:1-16, Eastern Mennonite Seminary Dean Dr. Michael King reflects and expands on some comments made by Dr. Walter Brueggeman, plenary speaker for this year’s School for Leadership Training in January.

In “Preaching as Re-imagination,” Brueggemann writes, “It is my conviction that neither old liberal ideologies nor old conservative certitudes nor critical claims made for the Bible will now do.  Our circumstance permits and requires the preacher to do something we have not been permitted or required to do before.  Ours is an awesome opportunity: to see whether this text, with all of our interpretive inclinations, can voice and offer reality in a re-described way that is credible and evocative of a new humanness, rooted in holiness and practiced in neighborliness.”

Spiritual Life Week – Shaun Groves Concert

& Spiritual Life Week.

Shaun Groves has partnered with child development organization Compassion International for the purpose of spreading Compassion’s mission of releasing children from poverty across the world. Shaun shares an evening of songs and stories inspired by his travels with Compassion.

Shaun is a singer/songwriter, speaker, blogger, husband, daddy and friend. He feels and thinks deeply and laughs easily and he’s helping Christians discover what they were saved for, and being a voice for children around the world who are desperate to  be saved from poverty.

Inside Athletics: Feb. 10, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

This week, Dave is joined by Sue Kolb, women’s soccer coach and Assistant Athletic Director for Student Athlete Well-being, who reviews her work during the first semester with class attendance and academic progress of EMU athletes.  Sue’s position is being funded by a grant through the NCAA as part of the Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant Program.  It is part of our efforts to increase retention rates among athletes, as well as the general student population.  The early reports are quite positive and provide us with data that will be helpful in continuing to improve the relationship between athletics and academics.

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.