“Paul’s motto could be worse” – James Krabill, Esther Augsburger, Leonard Dow

& Augsburger Lecture Series, Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Paul’s motto could be worse
1 Corinthians 9:19-23

James Krabill facilitates engagement with a panel of EMU alumni who have served in Christian evangelism and mission initiatives in various cultural settings across the decades of EMU’s 100 years.

Panelists: Leonard Dow ’87, Esther Augsburger ’72, James Krabill ’71.

Find the complete list of Augsburger Lecture Series panelists and full schedule.

The Augsburger Lectureship provides resources to annually bring to campus a noted lecturer to address pertinent topics in the area of Christian evangelism and mission for the stimulation and development of a vision for evangelism and missions for the students, faculty and staff of EMU.



“Serving, Listening, Transforming” – Homecoming Worship Service

& Centennial, Homecoming.

Homily: John and Michel Sharp (Parents of Michael J. Sharp ’05)

Worship Leaders: Jane Hoober Peifer, ’75, MDV ’98, Les Horning ’86, MDV ’98

Music Leader: Benjamin Bergey ’11

Honoree Introductions: Louise Otto Hostetter ’79, Jeff Shank ’94

Honorees: Chester ’36 and Sara Jane ’42 Wenger, Michael J. Sharp ’05, Anxo Perez ’97, Leonard Dow ’87, Laura Rosenberger ’03

Musicians: Maria Zehr ’11, David Berry, Katie Derstine ’05, Matthew Hunsberger ’02, Heidi King ’12, Fred Flores-Cano ’19

Gospel Choir: Ariel Barbosa ’20, Tae Dews ’19, Oksana Kittrell ’17, Justin Odom ’20, Bruce Cypress ’19, Matej Gligorevic ’19, Earnest Kiah ’21

Willow Run: Jon Bishop ’17, Perry Blosser ’18, Joseph Harder ’20

Homecoming Centennial Chapel – “Changing the world One Life at a Time” – John and Michele Sharp

& Centennial, Homecoming, University Chapels.

Changing the World One Life at a Time

John and Michele Sharp share reflections from the life and calling of their son, Michael J. (M.J.) Sharp, recipient of the 2017 EMU Life Service Award, who was killed while on a United Nations peacemaking mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March 2017.

John Sharp teaches history and Bible at Hesston College, is a storyteller and author. Among his books: A School on the Prairie: A Centennial History of Hesston College, My Calling to Fulfill: the Orie O. Miller Story, and most recently, The Bible as Story: An Introduction to Biblical Literature, written with colleagues Marion Bontrager and Michele Hershberger.

Michele Miller Sharp launched her career in education and moved into the medical field working in family practice for the past 20 years as a physician assistant and more recently in clinic administration as Director of Clinical Excellence.

John and Michele are the parents of two married daughters, Erin & Laura and a son, MJ, as well as the grandparents of three absolutely adorable grandchildren, Oscar, Lucy & Jesse.

“Movements of Faith, Geography of Hope” – Lindford Stutzman & Eric Trinka

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

Movements of Faith, Geography of Hope
(Genesis 4:12-16, Hebrews. 11:8-10, 13-16)

Linford Stutzman, Director of John Coffman Center and BLESS program
Eric Trinka, EMS Alum, Catholic University PhD student and collaborator with the BLESS program

Human history is a story of movements – migrations, invasions, escapes, captivities and trade.The biblical story is no exception for scripture is shaped by movements that are motivated by desperation and hopelessness, but also faith and hope. As such, the biblical story offers an alternative perspective to the fear that permeates our culture.

DACAmented Stories and Prayer

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

How can we best support DACAmented people on campus and in our communities? Might better understanding the DREAM Act and DACA be a start? How about hearing a personal narrative from a DACAmented student and those who resource immigrants from a posture of faithfulness? What about prayer? How do we follow Jesus on this journey?


“Hope in the World of Herod and His Clan” – Dorothy Jean Weaver

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

Dorothy Jean Weaver, Professor of New Testament, Eastern Mennonite Seminary shares “Hope in the World of Herod and His Clan: Matthew 2:1-23 for the Real World”

“Between Paul, Church, Coates, Me” – Brian Martin Burkholder

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Many Parts One Body, University Chapels.

Between the Apostle Paul, the Early Church, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Me – Campus Pastor Brian Martin Burkholder

One white man’s attempt with confronting “the dream” as expressed by Coates in the EMU Common Read – Between the World and Me and noted in the admonitions of the Apostle Paul in the Christian scriptures informing the Student Life theme – Many Parts, One Body.

Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 (and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

“A Terrible Thing to Waste” – Lindsey Baynham

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Meredith L. McNabb, Director and Lindsey M. Baynham, Associate Director for Call, Candidacy and Discernment of the Virginia United Methodist Conference-Center for Clergy Excellence share in Word and Table: “A Terrible Thing to Waste” (Philippians 2 – having the same mind as Christ)

“#GivingIsReceiving” – Carolyn Stauffer

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

Join the International Student Organization (ISO) in hosting Dr. Carolyn Stauffer presenting #GivingIsReceiving for an international education emphasis on Bringing Wholeness to Sexual Violence Victims in Central Africa.

“With Weeping they shall Come” – Nathan Hershberger and Kaitlin Heatwole

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Nathan Hershberger and Kaitlin Heatwole completed three years of service with MCC in Iraq in July.  They share in this Seminary Chapel Gathering out of their experiences in Iraq. Kaitlin was MCC Iraq program coordinator, and Nathan taught English at three church institutions in Erbil, Iraq, including St. Peter’s Seminary.  Both are graduates of Eastern Mennonite University.