“Just Stand: MLK Jr. Speeches/Sermons”

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Just Stand: Gather to hear and explore pieces of selected speeches and sermons from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The MLK, Jr. Celebration theme is Just Stand based on a quote from King’s 1963 book of homilies: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

There is a time of prayerful sending for the India Cross-Cultural Seminar toward the end of chapel.

“What do you do with a Centennial?” – Convocation address by Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman

& Centennial, Cross-Cultural Groups, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Join President Susan Schultz Huxman to launch Spring semester in this centennial year with the address – What do you do with a Centennial?

There is a time of prayerful sending for the Guatemala-Cuba Cross-Cultural Seminar at the close of the service.

Christmas Lessons & Carols

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers.

Eastern Mennonite University Music Department and Campus Ministries present a new annual tradition of Christmas Lessons & Carols: a classic service of lessons from Christian scriptures and music from the University Choir, Chamber Singers, Emulate Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and congregational singing. This service features the premiere of a choral piece from American composer, Gwyneth Walker.

Advent Hymn Sing – Matthew Hunsberger

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

Matthew Hunsberger takes us on a musical journey through the weeks of advent and Christmas in a single University Chapel.  Other participants include Brian Martin Burkholder (candle lighter); Elizabeth Resto and Anali Martin (readers); David Berry (piano); Sara Halteman (violin); and Katie Derstine, Ranene Schrock, Selah Shenk, and Jessica Hostetler (women’s vocal quartet).

“The End of Lament” – Andrea Dalton Saner

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

Dr. Andrea Dalton Saner, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew Language at EMS, addresses Chapel Gathering around Psalm 88 and Romans 8:18-39.

Context: Romans 8 is not an Advent text, but perhaps it could be. Advent is a season of waiting–perhaps of groaning–and repenting, preparing ourselves to be awake and ready for the coming of our Lord.  We wait with the prophets, who longed for the redemption of Israel, and we wait in our own time for Christ’s next coming. In this season, remember that for which we hope: the coming glory, about to be revealed in us. In this season, as we wait, let us search out the Spirit, the firstfruits of that glory, who empowers us to live into the image of the one who is coming.

“What is your ministry?” – Hannah Shultz and Perry Blosser

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear reflections from Hannah Shultz and Perry Blosser about the Ministry Inquiry Program this past summer. How does ministry inquiry look for you?

Hannah Shultz served with Manantial de Vida in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Her responsibilities included sharing her testimony, praying, helping children learn about gardening and Earth care, leading children’s worship, translating documents from Spanish to English, choreographing worship songs for a dance ministry and preparing Sunday school activities.

Perry Blosser served at Salford Mennonite Church in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. A music and Bible and religion major, he preached, led music and worked with other projects such as a summer choir, getting to know members and families over dinners in their homes, and balancing the responsibilities of a full schedule.

“Coates, Hope, Bible” – Dr. Kevin Seidel

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

What is the connection between Coates, Hope and the Bible? Hear the thoughts of Professor Kevin Seidel as part of the Common Read (Between the World and Me) Chapel Series. Emulate opens the chapel with music.

Dr. Kevin Seidel serves as Associate Professor of Language and Literature. A native of California, Seidel came to EMU from the University of Virginia, where he received his Ph.D. in English Literature and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He is working on a book project that uses original research on the eighteenth-century English Bible to open up new ways of thinking about the history of the English novel. He is also actively involved in Scriptural Reasoning. His teaching and scholarship both explore the changing relationship between religion, secularism, and literature.