2011 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

& Student Speakers.

Seven students participated in the 2011  C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on March 25. Each speaker applied the Christian peace position to a contemporary concern in a short speech (8-10 min):

Meg Brauckmann, An Embodied Faith, senior Peacebuilding & Development major from Baltimore, MD

Jakob zumFelde, Separated from Creation by Asphalt, senior Environmental Science & Chemistry major from Goshen, IN

Jossimar Diaz-Castro, Unwanted Aliens: the Jewish and Hispanic Story, sophomore Theology & Philosophy major from Mexico City, Mexico

Jessica Sarriot, Hold on, together, senior Peacebuilding & Development major at home everywhere

Larisa Zehr, Tell me a story, senior Peacebuilding & Development major from Rochester, MN

Chrissy Kreider, Connecting for Compassion, senior Biology major from Mountville, PA

CheRae N. Chaney, He Walks Away With a Smile, first-year Theater major from Portsmouth, VA

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer the Assassin? Challenging a Myth, Recovering Costly Grace” Mark Thiessen Nation

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Colloquium Series.

Dr. Mark Thiessen Nation, professor of Theology presents the monthly Colloquium lecture, focusing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

The thesis of this lecture is two-fold. First, contrary to the prevailing assumptions, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was not arrested, imprisoned or executed because of involvement in plots to kill Hitler. Second, it is more accurate to say that he was arrested, imprisoned and executed because of the grace-filled, costly discipleship about which he wrote and which he consistently lived from 1932 to his death on April 9, 1945.

This lecture is a summary of a book in which Mark and two of his former students, Anthony Siegrist and Dan Umbel, are writing, to be published next year by Baker Academic Press. Of the many books published on Bonhoeffer, this is the first one to make the argument stated above. If its argument is convincing, this book will call for a re-examination of the received wisdom regarding the ongoing legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

View the news release.

Called by God: Ordinary People, Extraordinary God–Leonard Dow

& Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

Does God call ordinary people like me? Drawing from the biblical account of Peter and John healing a lame beggar at the temple gate, Pastor Leonard Dow speaks on being “Called by God” for this final Spiritual Life Week chapel.  Local singer/songwriter Jessica Crawford opens with a song.

Each semester, campus ministries hosts Spiritual Life Week, an engaging series of events aimed at deepening faith in Jesus Christ. The February 2011 events are themed “Called by God.”

Leonard Dow, an ’87 alum of EMU, serves as pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, an urban, multi-ethnic community in Philadelphia, PA. He serves as bishop of the Lancaster Conference Philadelphia District, vice chair of the Mennonite Central Committee U. S. Board, board chair of the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association and board member of Singing City, a non-profit music industry. Prior to being called into , a non-profit music industry. Prior to being called into ministry, he was in banking for 10-12 years. Dow seeks to combine his business expertise along with his ethical and Christian values to ministry.

Losing that Loving Feeling–Leonard Dow

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

In this chapel gathering in the Seminary connected with  the University’s  Spiritual Life Week, Pastor Leonard Dow references the 1964 song by the Righteous Brothers, “You’ve lost that loving feeling” as he speaks from the heart, reflecting  on Revelations 2:1-7.

Each semester, campus ministries hosts Spiritual Life Week, an engaging series of events aimed at deepening faith in Jesus Christ. The February 2011 events are themed “Called by God.”

Leonard Dow, an ’87 alum of EMU, serves as pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, an urban, multi-ethnic community in Philadelphia, PA. He serves as bishop of the Lancaster Conference Philadelphia District, vice chair of the Mennonite Central Committee U. S. Board, board chair of the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association and board member of Singing City, a non-profit music industry. Prior to being called into ministry, he was in banking for 10-12 years. Dow seeks to combine his business expertise along with his ethical and Christian values to ministry.

Called by God: Wrestling with Who I Am – Leonard Dow ’87

& Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

Are you wrestling with who you are?  In this opening chapel of Spiritual Life Week, Pastor Leonard Dow speaks on this theme inspired from the biblical story of Jacob.

Each semester, campus ministries hosts Spiritual Life Week, an engaging series of events aimed at deepening faith in Jesus Christ. The February 2011 events are themed “Called by God.”

Leonard Dow, an ’87 alum of EMU, serves as pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, an urban, multi-ethnic community in Philadelphia, PA. He serves as bishop of the Lancaster Conference Philadelphia District, vice chair of the Mennonite Central Committee U. S. Board, board chair of the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association and board member of Singing City, a non-profit music industry. Prior to being called into ministry, he was in banking for 10-12 years. Dow seeks to combine his business expertise along with his ethical and Christian values to ministry.

SLT Closing Celebration Worship

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, School for Leadership Training, Seminary.

Vice President and Seminary Dean Michael King preaches in the closing worship service for the 2011 School for Leadership Training at EMS.  This year’s theme is “Pentecost Remixed: The Work of the Holy Spirit.”

Seminary Convocation – “Sabbath: a freeing discipline”

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

In the Seminary Spring semester convocation address Lonnie Yoder invites students, faculty, staff, and guests to consider the discipline of sabbath amidst frenzied schedules.  Dr. Yoder serves as Associate Dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling.  In this convocation, he draws on Matthew 11: 25-30.

Cross-cultural Chapel: Spain & Morocco

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

The cross-cultural group shares reflections on learning in Spain and Morocco.

From Greensboro to Gulai-Polye: Gospel Mission to Historically Violated

& Augsburger Lecture Series.

As part of the Augsburger Lecture Series Elaine Enns and Ched Myers present this lecture outlining the  Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project as an exercise in gospel-based healing of past injustice, as well as the legacy of Mennonite refugees from Ukraine in the early 20th century.  In these stories, they ask questions about how that painful history can be read and redeemed from a restorative justice perspective.

Their work is in the faith-based peace and justice movement. For information about their organization, check out Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.

The 2010 Augsburger Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Augsburger Lectureship, Campus Ministries and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

The Personal and Political Dimensions of Conversion: Restorative Justice

& Augsburger Lecture Series.

Elaine Enns and Ched Myers begin this lecture with a reading of Paul’s Damascus Road experience as a call to restorative justice. Then they look at mediation and nonviolent direct action as flip sides of the peacemaking coin.  They conclude with a story of the conversion of a U.S. Air Force nuclear weapons specialist to a gospel vocation of peace, justice and reconciliation.

Their work is in the faith-based peace and justice movement. For information about their organization, check out Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.

The 2010 Augsburger Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Augsburger Lectureship, Campus Ministries and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.