“Our Words Matter: Julian of Norwich and Diverse Images of God” – Maria CM Byler and Lindsay Mustafa Davis

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

Maria and Lindsay share  their presentation from the Women Doing Theology conference, how Julian of Norwich used metaphors of God as Mother and God as servant to challenge the language and images used for God in her time, and how today, we can learn to apply these images to create a more holistic and inclusive community.

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.

Seminary Capstone Presentation – Daniel Miller

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Daniel Miller,
The Dangers of Shepherding: Power, the Church, and Leader-sheep

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

Seminary Capstone Presentation – Terry Hendricks

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Terry Hendricks,
Discerning the Way

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

Student Recognition Chapel

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

University Chapel Gathering emphasizes the university’s vision of being a Learning Community as faculty and staff in several departments celebrate significant achievements of students during the Spring semester.

Washington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC)

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

Come to the table and hear from the WCSC Interns what’s been happening in D.C. this semester.

“The Sword of the Spirit” – Larry Friedland

& University Chapels.


Larry Friedland, EMS student, leads a meditative and experiential exploration of Ephesians 6:10-17 combining the elements of theatre and mindful movement with lectio devina and interaction with physical representations of the images from the text. This is an opportunity to engage this scriptural passage in a new and interactive way.

Larry is a visiting acting and stage combat instructor for schools and universities around the valley.  He is currently on staff at Valley Dance Theatre as the Acting Instructor and technical director.  His undergraduate work took place at the Florida Sate University School of Theatre, and he has worked constantly in both community and professional theatre ever since.  Larry is a youth leader and deacon at Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in Fishersville, VA.  He is in Training and Development for Valley Community Services Board where he works with multiple disciplines providing services to individuals experiencing mental health, intellectual, and substance abuse issues.  He is a master instructor with the Blue Ridge Crisis Intervention Team, training law enforcement officers in therapeutic de-escalation techniques.

Seminary Capstone Presentation – Pauline Hoyte

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Pauline Hoyte,
Church and Worship: Discerning Ministry as a “None”

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 – Brittany Conley

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Brittany Conley,
Jesus Deconstructor: Lord of Parable, God of Madness, King of Graffiti

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.

“Love One Another as I have Loved You” – Andy Miller, Jess Kraybill

& "Love One Another", Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Pastoral assistants (PAs) lead a final chapel on the campus ministries theme for the year, “Love One Another as I have Loved You” (John 15:1-17). Faculty members Andy Miller and Jess Kraybill offer reflections on the theme. Chapel opens with a selection by the EMU Women’s Choir and concludes with a special announcement about a call to prayer.

“Finding the Seventh Story” – Brian McLaren

& Augsburger Lecture Series.

Brian McLaren speaks on “Finding the Seventh Story” for the Augsberger Lecture Series. Brian will explore the six narratives of violence and then present Jesus’ gospel as a peace narrative.