“Women of the Bible” – Chris Parks

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Enter the stories of several women in the Bible through a moving and evocative presentation written and performed by Chris Parks.

MLK Day Chapel: “A Domesticated King” – Dr. David Evans

& University Chapels.

David Evans speaks on “A Domesticated King” for the MLK Day Chapel in Lehman Auditorium.

David Evans, Asst Prof-History and Mission at the seminary, has worked in various ministry contexts. While living in Washington, DC, David was the Junior/Senior High Director of an out-of-school time program on Capitol Hill. Later he served as Community Development Resource coordinator with MCC East Coast. Most recently he was co-pastor of Boonton United Methodist Church in New Jersey. He loves to spend time with his wife, Faith, his two boys Isaac, 14 and Solomon, 7 and an infant Sophia Grace. He finds joy in playing and watching basketball and soccer. He is also an avid music enthusiast. Above all else, he would like to be known as someone who loves God with deep conviction and loves God’s people with a heart that is wide open.

Ph.D. Drew University Graduate Division of Religion, Historical Studies
M.Phil. Drew University, Historical Studies
M.T.S. Wesley Theological Seminary, History of Christianity
B.A. Spring Arbor College, Christian Ministries

“Take the First Step in Faith: A History of Inclusion at EMU” – Mark Metzler Sawin

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Ideas of community identity are often built by drawing lines, defining what and who a community is and is not. When a community decides that Inclusion is a trait it values, it thus presents a challenge. This chapel address is a local look at how the Harrisonburg community and the Mennonites of the Valley addressed issues of inclusion and exclusion, with a special focus on Eastern Mennonite’s history.

Mark Metzler Sawin, professor of history, grew up in Hesston, a small, Mennonite town in rural Kansas. He attended Goshen College (Indiana) and then the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his MA and PhD in American Studies. Before coming to Eastern Mennonite University in 2001, Mark apprenticed as a chef, wrote for a culinary magazine, and managed a coffee shop, experiences that continue to color his teaching which is marked by an interdisciplinary hodgepodge of cultural studies, popular culture, literature and history. At EMU he currently serves as professor of U.S. History and as the director of the Honors program. In the larger academic world, Mark serves as a member of the Regional Chapters Committee of the American Studies Association and chaired that committee from 2011-13. He has also served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zagreb, Croatia (2008-09) and as the President of the Mid-Atlantic American Studies Association (2006-08). His scholarship focuses largely on the religious, literary, and popular culture of antebellum America (1850s); his book Raising Kane addresses Arctic explorer Elisha Kent Kane who authored two “best-selling” books about his travels while masterfully manipulating the popular media to enhance his celebrity status. Mark is currently launching a new project, editing a collection of stories by the notorious antebellum pop-fiction author and political rabble-rouser, Ned Buntline. Mark is married to Erika Metzler Sawin, a nursing professor at James Madison University, and has two children, Cora and Isaac.

This is one of the opening events for the MLK Day of Service & Learning program.

Inside Athletics: January 17, 2014

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, James flies solo with Dave at NCAA meetings in sunny San Diego.  James digs a little deeper into the big wins for both men’s and women’s basketball in their games Wednesday night, and talks about some big milestones for two individual players.  He also sheds a little more light on this coming weekend, when both track and men’s volleyball get rolling.

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.

Prayer for Christian Unity

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Chapel Gathering in the Seminary incorporates an order of worship jointly prepared by a group of representatives from different parts of Canada for The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and The Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.  This service joins the annual celebration in the Northern Hemisphere of the upcoming week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Greetings and a message are shared by Bill Neu, representative of the Focolare movement.

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.

“Shaped Deeply by MLK, Jr.” – Stan Maclin and Titus Bender

& University Chapels.

In what ways was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. formative or influential in the lives of local people? What is the impact of MLK, Jr. in today’s society? For what reasons was it important for Harrisonburg to rename a significant street the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way? Listen to  first-person narratives from local people who have been shaped by MLK, Jr. in many ways.

Panelists:
Stan Maclin – Director of the Harriott Tubman Cultural Center
Titus Bender – EMU Professor Emeritas

This is the opening event for the MLK Day of Service & Learning program.

“Christian Unity in Song, Hymns, and Scripture” — Matthew Hunsberger and Seth Crissman

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

In Preparation for the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the accompanying chapel service led by guests from the Focolare movement on Thursday, Matthew Hunsberger and Seth Crissman lead a song service focusing on Christian unity within diversity. Kevin Clark and Dorothy Jean Weaver lead in prayers and the reading of scripture.

“14 Things that Climate Change is Ruining” – Earthkeepers

& Creation Care, Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

As a follow-up to President Swartzendruber’s opening convocation, students reflect on how climate change is impacting students and communities connected to EMU and what our role is in keeping the earth as a practice of faithfulness. Erin Rheinheimer and Melinda Norris present a list of “14 of Your Favorite Things that Climate Change is Ruining.” CJP student Fabrice Guerrier and Seminary student Eric Trinka also offer further reflections. Chapel also concludes with a sending for the Middle East Cross-cultural Seminar group.

Inside Athletics: January 10, 2014

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

 

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James open the show by talking about the final non-conference game for the basketball teams.  Men’s volleyball coach Dominick Porter then joins the show, shedding light on his history both as a player at EMU and then on his time playing professionally in Germany and with the US Olympic Team, and how all of those experiences shape the way he coaches his team.

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.

 

University Convocation: “Turn Down the Heat” – President Loren Swartzendruber

& Creation Care, Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

President Loren Swartzendruber launches a new semester as he addresses the campus community with a message inspired by Psalm 24:1; Romans 8:20-22; Colossians 1:15-17; and Revelation 22:1-2. Chapel closes with a time of sending for the Guatemala & Mexico Cross Cultural group.