“Touch with Faith: Jesus wanted to, do you?” – Shirley Steward-Jones

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

Chapel Gathering in the Seminary:

“Touch with Faith: Jesus wanted to, Do you?”
Shirley Steward-Jones, EMS Preaching class student

“Grounded in Grace” – Jolee Paden ’16

& Grounded, University Chapels.

Jolee Paden ’16, author of Spiritual Runner : A Runner After God’s Own Heart, returns to campus to teach on being grounded in grace.


Jolee Paden serves as Member Services Manager at Back on My Feet, Washington DC and Author at Spiritual Runner: A Runner After God’s Own Heart

Inspired. Passionate. Seeking the Lord. Learning to love.

From St. Joseph, Illinois. Graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (2016). Then competitive and now recreational runner since 2006. Currently resides in Washington, DC working with Back on My Feet. Enjoys fluffy puppies & peanut butter. (Not together) Loves getting to know new people over a run. Believer in the organic, mission-centered local church. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

“We wash feet” – Tyler Goss

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

“We wash feet” John 13:1-17

Preaching Class student, Tyler Goss

“Hotep” – Black Student Union & Alpha Omega Dancers

& University Chapels.

Black Student Union leads the community gathered in a litany and prose on Hotep (peace).

“Where is God in this chaotic and hateful world?” – Billy Jones and Phil Yoder

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

“Where is God in this chaotic and hateful world?” or “Bad Fruit and the Watching Tree” Jeremiah 1:1-19

Preaching Class students. Billy Jones & Phil Yoder

“Grounded: Jesus on the Margins” – Celeste Thomas, Christi Hoover Seidel, and Matthew Hunsberger

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Grounded, Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

Spiritual Renewal Chapel –

Grounded: Jesus on the Margins, prophetic voices – Celeste Thomas,  Christi Hoover Seidel, and Matthew Hunsberger

“Grounded: Jesus on the Margins” – Deborah Jian Lee

& Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist, radio producer and co-founder of One Book, One Church. She is the author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. Her book reporting has taken her to secret societies of LGBT Christians within conservative enclaves, social justice Christian communes and many other corners of the subculture, where she explores the intersection of evangelical faith with race, gender, sexuality and progressive politics.

She writes about a variety of subjects, including religion, international human rights, health, travel, personal finance and much more. Her stories have been published by Slate, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, New York, Reuters, GOOD, SELF, Hemispheres, WBEZ and WNYC, among others. She was previously a staff reporter at The Associated Press.

Her series about migrant workers in China, written with reporting partner Sushma Subramanian, was a finalist for the 2012 Livingston Awards. The story, about the 58 million children left behind in China’s countryside without their parents due to restrictive national policies, follows one mother’s journey from the heart of China’s industrial boom back to her village, as she tries to reunite her broken family. The pair also produced a radio documentary which explores the world of China’s “bachelor villages,” or areas overrun with aging bachelors whose bleak marriage prospects are a direct result of the country’s gender imbalance. That documentary won the 2012 Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page award for radio feature.

Deborah has taught news reporting and magazine writing as a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. She previously taught intro to journalism to undergraduate students at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.

“Worshiping God as Mother” – Dr. Reta Halteman Finger

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

The Bible uses many metaphors for helping us understand and approach God. Today, in this chapel gathering,  we worship God through several female images.

“How My Faith Helps Keep Me Grounded” – Physical Education and Recreation

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

How does faith inform your area of study (major/minor) or chosen profession? Students were encouraged to gather during the chapel time for focused conversations/interactions with faculty members of their major or minor. This Physical Education and Recreation departmental chapel features reflections from Brittany Williams, Zach Roberts and Kristen Kirby.

“Why are Young Adults Leaving the Church?” – Ryan Ahlgrim

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

“Why Are Young Adults Leaving the Church?” …longing for God, looking for God (Psalm 42:1-5)

Ryan Ahlgrim, Pastor First Mennonite Church of Richmond, VA
Ryan Ahlgrim’s passion is to communicate an honest and persuasive faith in God. Wrestling with doubts since his teenage years, he has explored why we believe what we believe. A graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (M.Div.) and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min.), he has served as a youth pastor, church planter, and lead pastor, and has taught college and seminary courses. He currently serves First Mennonite Church of Richmond. Dozens of his articles on theology, ethics, biblical studies, preaching, and humor have appeared in various magazines and journals, and he is the author of Not as the Scribes: Jesus as a Model for Prophetic Preaching (Herald Press, 2002) and Sick Religion or Healthy Faith? Beliefs and Practices for Healing Christian Communities (Wipf & Stock, 2016). He and his wife Laurie have two grown children, Garrett and Savannah.

Seminary chapels are open to the public. All are welcome!