2016 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

& Student Speakers.

Seven students participated in the 2016  C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on March 18. Each speaker applied the Christian peace position to a contemporary concern in a short speech (8-10 min):

2:55Stephanie Toth, Humans and Technology, senior Digital Media major from Youngstown OH

13:28–Elisabeth Wilder, Make Change, Not Hashtags, junior Social Work major from Hesston, KS

23.05–Grantley Showalter, The Wisdom of Doubt, junior Peacebuilding and Development major from Waynesboro PA

33:03–Katrina Poplett, To Be at War with Yourself, sophomore Peacebuilding and Development major from Plymouth MN

45:28–Hannah Chappell-Dick, Beyond Fight or Flight: Becoming Mennonite in an Adrenaline-Soaked World, senior Biology major from Bluffton OH

54:28–Ethan Herman, Active Pacifism and Using Conflict as a Tool, first-year Biochemisty and Computer Science major from Waynesboro VA

104:27–Bethany Chupp, Standing at the Door, senior Psychology major from Canby, OR

2014 Speeches

2013 Speeches

2012 Speeches

Seminary Capstone Presentation – Matt Weaver

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Matt Weaver,
Leadership in a Sea of Conflict”

Students in the seminary’s Master of Divinity program complete Capstone Integration Projects across the two semesters of their senior year. During the fall semester, they negotiate with the professors in the Formation in Missional Leadership class the design of their projects. They then complete their projects in the spring, producing a final paper and making a public presentation.

“Cities of our Future: What Should People of Faith Be Striving For?” – Dr. Michael O. Emerson

& University Colloquium Series.

Dr. Michael O. Emerson, provost at North Park University, presents the monthly University Colloquium lecture on: “Cities of our Future: What Should People of Faith Be Striving For?”

Seminary Capstone Presentation – Maria Hosler Byler

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Maria Hosler Byler,
Written on Our Hearts: Scripture Memorization for the Whole Body”

Students in the seminary’s Master of Divinity program complete Capstone Integration Projects across the two semesters of their senior year. During the fall semester, they negotiate with the professors in the Formation in Missional Leadership class the design of their projects. They then complete their projects in the spring, producing a final paper and making a public presentation.

Seminary Capstone Presentation – Candy Tharpe

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Candy Tharpe,
Grace Buddies: Integrating Children with Special Needs into the Church.”

Students in the seminary’s Master of Divinity program complete Capstone Integration Projects across the two semesters of their senior year. During the fall semester, they negotiate with the professors in the Formation in Missional Leadership class the design of their projects. They then complete their projects in the spring, producing a final paper and making a public presentation.

“Speaking for Peace” – C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Sampler

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear students speaking for peace  in preparation for the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest to be held Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

Hannah Chappell-Dick – “Beyond Fight or Flight: Becoming Mennonite in an Adrenaline-soaked World”

Bethany Chupp – “Standing at the Door”

Ethan Herman – “Active Pacifism and Using Conflict as a Tool”

Katrina Poplett – “To be at war with yourself.”

Grantley Showalter – “The Wisdom of Doubt”

Stephanie Toth – “Humans and Technology”

Elisabeth Wilder – “Make Change, Not Hashtags”

Ayhubrhan Yifru – “Fighting Injustice with Love”

“Time Travel: Heading Home the Long Way Around” – Charlie Tinsley

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.

“Time Travel: Heading Home the Long Way Around”
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-14
Charles Tinsley, seminary student

“Sending Y-Trip Groups to Serve Others in Faith”

& University Chapels.

What does it mean to serve others in faith? The Y-Serve student organization and campus ministries will reflect on this and hear from each group departing campus to serve and learn with others.

Y-Trip Locations for 2016

Civil Rights Learning Tour with Multicultural and International Student Services, the Gospel Choir, Y-Serve and the Black Student Union. – Coordinators: Celeste Thomas, Tae Dews, Oksana Kittrell, Christian Parks

Alterna Community – a bilingual and international community of Christ-followers devoted to faithful acts of hospitality, mercy, and justice – LaGrange, Georgia. – Leaders: Amanda Helfrich &Teresa Garcia Bautista

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) – responding in Christian love to those affected by disasters) in Detroit, Michigan. – Leaders: Robert Propst & Harrison Horst

Serving with Appalachian People (SWAP) – addressing sub-standard housing, sharing the message of God’s love and building relationships in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia – Elkhorn, West Virginia. – Leaders: Grayson Mast & Abe Hartzler

“Blessings in disguise: Living with a disability”

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.

Candy Tharpe, EMS Student

“Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery” – Erica Littlewolf

& University Chapels.

Re“placing” ourselves and modern day realities: where do we go from here? – Erica Littlewolf

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For more than five centuries, the Doctrine of Discovery and the laws based upon it have legalized the theft of land, labor and resources from Indigenous Peoples across the world and systematically denied their human rights. This Doctrine originated with the Christian church in the 15th century. It is now the church’s responsibility to undo it.

“Not surprisingly, we can see in our present situation how the privileged are protected and rewarded, and the less fortunate are demonized and ignored. Too many churches support the status-quo.”
Ken Kraybill