Seminary Capstone Presentation: Andrea Yoder

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Andrea Yoder,
Why did you come and why have you stayed?  Examining the role and efficacy of seminary training in light of the current, broad ‘Church Climate’”

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.

“Fully Human” -Kevin Ressler ’07

& University Chapels.

Drawing from the story of dry bones in the book of Ezekiel, Kevin Ressler engages issues of injustice and what we are called to and how we are called to be involved in our neighbors’ plight.

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Kevin Ressler (EMU ’07); poet, playwright, Thespian, want-to-be-novelist, lover of the arts is father to Acacia, husband to Melissa, with anticipation for another child in May. He believes in injustice and hopes to work against it instead of pretending it away. He has been to over a dozen so-called developing countries and found that a lack of economic infrastructure doesn’t mean people are not developed spiritually or hospitably. As a Mennonite and Anabaptist, Kevin’s understanding of life’s work purpose is service driven for symptoms and solution focused for systems. He is from Lancaster. He left Lancaster for college. He returned to Lancaster. His father gave the best advice to him around 15 years old saying, “Kevin, you can do whatever you want but I want you to know what I’ll be proud of you for. I’ll be proud as long as whatever you do you help people.” Lastly, Kevin makes his living as Executive Director of Lancaster Meals on Wheels. He is running for Mayor of Lancaster City, PA, his beloved hometown because he believes we aren’t taking seriously the rise in poverty and crime and desires equitable opportunity for all of the 59,000 residents. He serves on a variety of community boards including ASSETS LANCASTER, Conestoga Valley Education Foundation, Executive Board of the Atlantic Coast Conference for Mennonite Church USA, and Everence Federal Credit Union. Oh, and he much prefers deep conversations to small talk.

Seminary Capstone Presentation: Sarah Payne

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Sarah Payne,
“The Painful Practice of Hope

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.

2017 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

& Student Speakers.

Seven students participated in the 2017  C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on March 24. Each speaker applied the Christian peace position to a contemporary concern in a short speech (8-10 min):

4:00–Molly White, Ruth’s Activism: Christianity, Identity, and Justice, senior Peacebuilding and Development major from Louisville, KY

13:58–Diego Barahona, Toda la sobra de lo que se llevaron:What was left over from what they took, senior,Biochemistry major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras

22:47–Kat Lehman, Diverse but United, Imperfect but Beautiful, senior, Biology major from Dover, OH

32:28–Hannah Mack-Boll, What is Your Intention, senior Peacebuilding and Development major from Lancaster, PA

43:22–Lydia Haggard, The Silent Treatment, sophomore, Bible and Religion major from Norristown, PA

53:27–Grantley Showalter, Hygge and the Mennonite Moderate, senior Peacebuilding and Development major from Waynesboro, PA

1:03:40–Joel Wheeler, A Participation Trophy for Millennials:Why Millennials Don’t Suck, and Why Society needs their Participation , senior Social Work major from Hudson, MI

2016  Speeches

2014 Speeches

2013 Speeches

2012 Speeches

Voices for Peace & Women’s Choir

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear the Women’s Choir and portions of student prepared speeches highlighting many forms of peace as part of the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. The full speeches can be heard TONIGHT – Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in Martin Chapel (Seminary Building).

Diego Barahona
“Toda la sobra de lo que se llevaron” (What was left over from what they took)

Lydia Haggard
“The Silent Treatment”

Kat Lehman
“Diverse but United, Imperfect but Beautiful”

Hannah Mack-Boll
“What is your intention?”

Grantley Showalter
“ ‘Hygge’ and the Mennonite Moderate”

Joel Wheeler
“A Participation Trophy for the Millennials: Why millennials don’t suck, and why society needs their participation”

Molly White
“Ruth’s Activism: Christianity, Identity, and Justice”

Seminary Capstone Presentation: Dale Humphries

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Dale Humphries,
The Quest for Story”

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: Carlos Madrid

& Seminary, Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

Carlos Madrid,
Cross-cultural Church planting Model outreach in North America”

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.

 

“Engaging Gospel-Inspired Drama”

& University Chapels.

Thousands of people have seen the Lifehouse Everything skit on YouTube. A group of EMU undergraduate students is bringing the skit to the chapel for engagement. What insights or questions does this skit raise for you? How does this skit affirm or challenge your view of God?

Diane Marin offers a biblical dramatization, Do You Believe?, inspired by similar themes found in the Lifehouse Everything skit. How does this presentation impact you differently? What insights, questions, affirmation or challenges emerged for you?

“Meeting Jesus at the Well”- Hillary Evans

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

“Meeting Jesus at the Well”
Hillary Evans, EMS Preaching class student

Undoing Racism in the Food System: The Work of Soul Fire Farm

& Other Speaking Events.

Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm is a nationally-recognized educator, farmer, and food justice activist. Soul Fire Farm is a family farm committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system.