Chapel Worship: Jason Lewkowicz and the Cross-Country Team

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Coach Lewkowicz and the team offer a series of songs, Scripture readings, and reflection from team members, with the central theme of how living in missional community helps us to abide in Christ.

“Discern Love for Enemies” – Dr. John Fairfield

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Dr. John Fairfield, Research Fellow for EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement, addresses Chapel Gathering in the seminary with the topic, “Discern love for enemies”

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.

“Rumi: The man, his faith, and some poetry” – Dr. Amir Akrami

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

Visiting scholar from Iran, Dr. Amir Akrami, is an expert on Rumi and Islamic mysticism. He leads bi-weekly readings and discussions on Rumi and his work.

For hundreds of years Rumi has been one of the greatest poets of the Persian world and one of the most popular poets in the world. In recent years books on his thought have become bestsellers in the U.S. With these Rumi-centered evenings, we explore the man and his inspiring spiritual heritage by concentrating on his own words from his major works of poetry.
Our journey with Rumi’s art will take us through the beautiful images and stories he employs to convey his mystical experiences and ideas.

For more info contact: Center for Interfaith Engagement,540-432-4674 or email

“Take Back the Night – Awakening Hope”

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Mariah Elliott speaks and student leaders from Social Work is People (SWIP) and Campus Ministries lead chapel for Take Back the Night (TBTN) week.

“Are you walking with Jesus?” – Bishop Young Jin Cho

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Bishop Young Jin Cho of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church delivers a message titled , “Are you walking with Jesus?”

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.

Inside Athletics: November 1, 2013

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James return from a “leave of absence” and recap the fall seasons, which are entering postseason action this weekend.  They also look ahead to the coming of the winter sports: both men’s and women’s basketball as well as indoor track and field.  In light of both seasons, Dave also offers some thoughts on injuries to student-athletes.

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.

“Abide in the Lord” – Jolee Paden

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

What does it mean to abide in the Lord? Jolee Paden, sophomore and president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), offers prayerful reflections on just that in University Chapel.

“All Saints” — Joni Sancken

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

Dr. Joni Sancken, EMS Assistant Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology, reflects on the theme, “All Saints.”  Luke 6:20-31.

Seminary Dean Dr. Michael King has begun to articulate a vision for EMS as a “Discernment Training Center” (see Convocation, Fall 2012 and Convocation, Fall 2013). This fall semester, Seminary Faculty are sharing about their own awareness of the topic of discernment through the lens of their own particular discipline or area of study.

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.

“Indigenous Worldview:Values and Christianity” — Cheryl Bear

& University Chapels.

University Chapel:

Cheryl Bear ’s First Nation community is Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in British Columbia, Canada, and she is from the Bear Clan. She is a multi award winning singer, songwriter and storyteller who shares stories of Indigenous life; the joy, sorrow, faith and journey. Cheryl travels to First Nations communities sharing songs of healing and songs to the Creator. Cheryl has an earned doctorate degree from The King’s University in Los Angeles (and a Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Life Bible College and Master of Divinity degree from Regent College, Vancouver, BC).

“Spiritual Writing and Spiritual Writers” – Rabbi Niles Goldstein

& Center for Interfaith Engagement.

Rabbi Niles Goldstein, founder of the New Shul in New York City and author most recently of Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Guide to Renewing an Ancient Faith, presents a talk on spiritual writings.

Goldstein’s talk describes a course he teaches called “Spiritual Writing and Spiritual Writers” that draws on devotional literature from various religious traditions from the Hebrew Bible down to the present. He addresses such questions as: What, over the centuries, have been some of the literary forms of spiritual writing? Do the texts function as transmitters of doctrine or as expressions of the writer’s inner life and/or vocation? Can writing itself be a spiritual and devotional activity?

Rabbi Goldstein’s talk is sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Engagement and the Bible and Religion Department at EMU.

For more info contact: Center for Interfaith Engagement, 540-432-4674 or email