Seminary Capstone Presentation: Phil J. Yoder

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Phil J. Yoder,
Integrating Past, Present, Future: From Mockupation to Re-Inventing Dutch Blitz”

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: Gabriel Dodd

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Gabriel Dodd,
Discovering God: Spiritual Formation in Youth and Adolescents”

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.

“In Defense of Life”

& University Chapels.

Hear from a volunteer “Peace Team” member visiting Harrisonburg today. Their shared work is the celebration and defense of life and all that’s beautiful – addressing the stuff of decolonization, our grappling with white supremacy and patriarchy, our journey together with regards to race, gender, and many other constructions and expressions tied to our identities.

We hear from Christine Nobiss of Indigenous Iowa and Ethan Hughes of the Possibility Alliance of Missouri.

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The Peace Team (for lack of a better name), shares a vision of a multi-layered, decentralized movement rooted in integral nonviolence — a comprehensive way-of-life-nonviolence that balances self-transformation, social and cultural transformation, and bold, direct resistance to the domination system. We find unity, spiritually and politically, through a shared calling to defend life, to express radical love for the earth and all its inhabitants, and to honor an unshakable commitment to work at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, et al. At this stage, we hold two interconnected strands of the struggle as primary: protecting life in the face of climate catastrophe, and initiating bold, concrete expressions of atonement and reparations to those most impacted by white supremacy.

We believe that a team modeling bold, direct resistance to forces of domination and plunder will be best suited to catalyze and pull together the other elements of the integral nonviolence movement we long to be a part of. For that reason, we are beginning this effort by bringing together those of us who feel called to that particular strand of our vision. We do not wish or intend to somehow bend the macro-movement for justice to our way of doing things. We simply wish to create a space in the larger movement ecosystem where serious, disciplined nonviolence practitioners can show up as their full selves, shoulder to shoulder with their co-workers, in order to bring a unique gift to the struggle. We long to be of service to life and all that’s beautiful, and we are committed to doing so with loving, generous, and courageous hearts.

“Meet Menno Simons” – an impersonation by Gerald Brunk

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Hear History Professor Emeritus Gerald Brunk share an impersonation of Menno Simons.* Brunk’s rendition will challenge you to deepen your own life of faith, and to pursue your own calling.

* “Menno Simons (1496 – 31 January 1561) was a former Catholic priest from the Friesland region of the Low Countries who became an influential Anabaptist religious leader. Simons was a contemporary of the Protestant Reformers and it is from his name that his followers became known as Mennonites.” (Wikipedia)

“Hope and History in King, Obama and Coates” – Peter Dula

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

Powerpoint Slides

Peter Dula offered a similar version of this Chapel Gathering at University Chapel on January 24.

Does the arc of history really bend towards justice as King and Obama liked to say? Think theologically about hope and history with Professor Peter Dula as part of the Common Read Chapel Series on Between the World and Me.

Peter Dula is Associate Professor of Religion and Culture. He received a Ph.D from Duke University in theology and ethics in 2004. He is the author of Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology (Oxford, 2011). Before coming to EMU in 2006 he was the Mennonite Central Committee Iraq Program Coordinator. He has taught at Lancaster Mennonite High School and at the Meserete Kristos College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he was a Fulbright scholar in 2001-2002. He has received several grants and fellowships including, most recently, the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers.

“Kicked Out of the Comfort Zone” – Kirk Hanger

& University Chapels.

Visiting Pastor Kirk Hanger focuses on themes of diversity dynamics and the vocation of faith communities looking at the Tower of Babel, Pentecost and Revelation to show that God’s plan from the beginning has always been diversity, however, like those at Babel, we still tend to want to stay in our comfort zones with people like us. God nudges, pushes and sometimes kicks us out of our comfort zones for our own growth and for the fulfillment of God’s mission in the world.

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Kirk Hanger is founding pastor of New Hope Fellowship, Alexandria, Va. Marilyn, Kirk’s wife, teaches at Claremont Immersion School in Arlington, VA. They have two grown sons. The Hangers served as church planters in Mexico City for eleven years and were involved in starting three churches in one of the largest cities in the world. Kirk continues as a mentor to leaders and churches in RIMI Network of Churches, a network that was started in Mexico and now includes churches in several other countries. Kirk grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, and the Fuller Theological Seminary , Pasadena, CA. Kirk is an ordained minister in Franconia Mennonite Conference, an area conference of Mennonite Church, USA. Prior to going to Mexico, Kirk pastored Methacton Mennonite Church in Norristown, PA. Marilyn is from Souderton, Pennsylvania and also graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and has a Masters in Education from George Mason University.