“Zeugnis in the Local Congregation through the Book of Ruth”
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.
Students from the Washington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC) report on their experiences in the capital city.
EMSWA members share reflections on their experiences as women and feminine imagery in both Christianity and the world.
EMSWA is the Eastern Mennonite Women’s Association. EMSWA’s purpose is to empower members of the community; to deepen awareness; to develop relationships; and to create open and safe dialogue all with a focus on women and gender studies.
Rev. Meredith McNabb, Director of Clergy Excellence, Board of Ordained Ministries, Virginia United Methodist Conference, United Methodist Church.
“Wrestling Up” (Genesis 32:22-32 Romans 12:1-3, 9-21)
This is the first of two special Eastern Mennonite Seminary chapel presentations to help us discern our way through complexities related to denominational divisions rooted in different understandings of LGBTQ relationships.
Meredith McNabb is Director of Clergy Excellence, Board of Ordained Ministries, Virginia United Methodist Conference, United Methodist Church.
Clyde Kratz, the April 5 presenter, is Conference Minister, Virginia Mennonite Conference, Mennonite Church USA. He spoke on “Maintaining Right Relationships”
Neither presenter has been asked or agreed to provide all answers! Rather, both take into account that their national denominational assemblies have had or will be having difficult conversations amid sharp disagreements. Each reflects on what they have learned or implemented in their denominational leadership roles that may offer insights for the rest of us.
Holy Week chapel, held in the Campus Center Greeting Hall, featured engagement with the alfombra (carpet). The Latino Student Alliance prepared the alfombra to greet and celebrate the coming of Jesus among us! Reflect on paths we share with Jesus: immigrant, salvation, hope and suffering.
EMS Preaching Class student, Matt Naugle
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):
2:55–Stephanie 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