Dr. Katherine Bassard addresses how to live out our ministry of reconciliation in a world that is increasingly polarized, divided and broken. This chapel is part of our ongoing Dialogue on Race and Diversity coordinated by the Black Student Union (BSU) and Multicultural and International Student Services (MISS).
Dr. Bassard is a recognized expert in African American Literature. She examines poetry, novels, speeches, sermons, and prayers by African American women from Maria W. Stewart to Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, discussing how such texts respond as a collective “literary witness” to the use of the Bible for purposes of social domination. Her recent publications include Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender, and Community in Early African American Women’s Writing and Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and the Bible. Dr. Bassard has received numerous awards and grants for her teaching and research efforts, including recognition by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Honor’s College, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, as well as from the Pew and Ford foundations. Holding degrees in English from Wake Forest University, VCU (MA), and Rutgers University (Ph.D.), Dr. Bassard has taught at the University of California Berkeley and since 1999 VCU, where she now serves as senior vice provost for faculty affairs.
“The Road to Someplace Beautiful” Luke 24: 13-35
Eric Kouns, Mennonite Pastor, Teacher, Seeker and EMS Alum.
The Sexuality Series continues with a Service of Lament for Sexual Abuse in Religious Contexts led by Jerry Holsopple, Professor of Visual and Communication Arts.
Thomas P. Doyle, OP, JCD, CADC
Gather with Father Tom Doyle for a presentation on The Spiritual Impact of Sexual Abuse in Religious Contexts.
Father Doyle is a world-renowned Catholic leader, priest, canon lawyer, addictions therapist and long-time supporter of justice and compassion for clergy sex abuse victims.
Sexual violence creates a brokenness for the individual and the system or community. How can we understand, support and move towards healing without contributing to the brokenness?
This University Chapel is sponsored by the EMU Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention.
A “learning luncheon” with Rev. Steven D. Martin on interfaith engagement in the U.S.
Rev. Steven D. Martin is the Director of Communications and Development for the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. He has served United Methodist Churches as pastor for twenty years and is a graduate of Candler School of Theology.
He has produced several films for public television, including “Muslims in Appalachia,” “Islam in America After September 11th,” “Theologians Under Hitler,” “God With US: Baptism and the Jews in the Third Reich,” “Elisabeth of Berlin,” and most recently, “Islam in America: The Christian Truth.” He has lectured at the prestigious Chautauqua Institute and in churches and seminaries across the US.
In 2007 Rev. Martin was honored at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum for his work with “Theologians Under Hitler.” He has written for the Washington Post, appeared in Newsweek magazine and in USA Today, and has most recently worked with the White House a policy and social media campaign, “Know Your Neighbor,” aimed at reducing religious-based bigotry in the US.
He is the proud father of four college-attending children.
Rev. Steven D. Martin is a filmmaker, photographer, interfaith engagement practitioner, ordained Methodist pastor, and Director of Communications and Development for the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC.) He has served United Methodist Churches as pastor for twenty years.
His 2005 film for PBS, Theologians Under Hitler was critically acclaimed and has had a resurgence of interest in the last year. The film earned Rev. Martin an honor from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007.
His office is directly across from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Capital Building in Washington, D.C., and therefore has allowed Steven to speak into pressing interfaith issues and concerns about Islamophobia and intra-faith engagement to those who legislate policies, etc.
The Sexuality Series continues with Dr. Ken L. Nafziger addressing Faithful Sexuality in an Age of Porn. As a psychologist who both practiced and trained doctoral students, Dr. Nafziger addresses questions about porn such as – Is it a form of safe sex? How does porn affect the brain, erectile dysfunction and real sex? Is porn the norm for more exciting sex? Since BDSM emphasizes consent, is it good? Examples from composites of real life clients will make this relevant for both males and females.
Mark Thiessen Nation, EMS Professor of Theology, offers a Seminary Chapel Gathering address entitled, “Pray for Our Kings—Our Rulers (and Remember to Ask Why)” Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 and 1 Timothy 2:1-7.