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!
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.
Students from the South Africa and Lesotho cross-cultural seminar share experiences and reflections from their recent adventure.
Provost Dr. Fred Kniss addresses the mid-year graduating Seniors in this special service recognizing their achievements.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us”
Speakers: John and Sandy Dresher-Lehman
John has a bachelor’s degree in rehab counseling and masters of social work from Virginia Commonweath. He worked with addictions and trauma work for 15 years. Since 2003 he has been working in private practice, with a focus on trauma recovery. He works with individuals, couples, and some children and adolescents. He has been trained a spiritual director.
Sandy is pastor of worship and congregational care at Souderton Mennonite Church. She graduated from EMU in 1986 and has master’s degrees in social work and Christian education. She has been involved in prison chaplaincy, voluntary service, mental health and crisis counseling, pastoring, and writing devotional books.
John and Sandy have led a voluntary service unit in Richmond, Va., and retreats at The Hermitage in Michigan. They have two children, Maria and Jonathan.