Seminary Spiritual Life Week speaker Mag Richer Smith grew up in Wauseon, Ohio. She is a graduate of Goshen College and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Mag has just completed 30 years of pastoral ministry, having served congregations in Normal, Indianapolis, Lombard, IL and Iowa City. For 27 years she has co-pastored with her husband, Bob Smith. They have three adult children.
Dr. Ervin Stutzman, Dean of the Seminary at EMU, welcomes students to EMS with his convocation address titled, “Preparing to Serve and Lead in a Global context.”
EMU celebrates the University’s 91st Annual Commencement. Joyce Bontrager Lehman of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation offers the Commencement address, Opportunities are for Taking. Bontrager Lehman began her career in international economic development with Mennonite Economic Development Associates. From 2003-2007, she spent most of her time in Afghanistan working with the World bank, USAID and other bi-lateral donors to help establish and support a microfinance sector in that difficult post-conflict environment.
EMU celebrates the University’s 91st Annual Commencement in this Baccalaureate Service. Dr. Lori Leaman, associate professor of education, addresses the community with her speech, “Knowing Whom, not What.”
Eastern Mennonite Seminary celebrates the Sixtieth Annual Commencement with an address by Willard M. Swartley, and Senior Class Salutation by John Michael Metzler. Swartley, Professor emeritus of New Testament at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, draws from John 15: 1-5, 8:-11, 16-17, and Galatians 5:22-23 for his Commencement Address.
The Spring semester nursing graduates celebrate the completion of their Nursing degrees in this traditional pinning ceremony. A few of the graduating Nurses share reflections of the past four years, and each graduate choses someone to pin them as nursing professor Laura Glick Yoder shares the graduate’s plans for the next phase in their life.
The returning Spring 2009 India Cross-cultural group shares reflections and adventures from their experiences abroad.
The returning Spring 2009 Guatemala Cross-cultural group shares reflections and adventures from their experiences in Central America.
Brian McLaren Speaks for the Augsburger Lecture Series in Seminary Chapel
Brian McLaren speaks on “Everything Must Change: Jesus’ Gospel & Today’s Global Crisis” for the Augsburger Lecture Series. McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists.
He is a frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs. He has appeared on many broadcasts including Larry King Live, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and Nightline. His work has also been covered in Time (where he was listed as one of American’s 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, and many other print media.
Born in 1956, he graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in English (BA, summa cum laude, 1978, and MA, in 1981). His academic interests included Medieval drama, Romantic poets, modern philosophical literature, and the novels of Dr. Walker Percy. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, BC, Canada.