Augsburger Lecture Series
Using the image and symbol of the alma mater, Dr. Malinda Berry makes the case for Christ-centered education in an Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition that conceptualizes our network of schools as alma maters, or nourishing soul-mothers that are the Seat of Wisdom. This case involves thinking carefully about a nonviolent interpretation of the Christian gospel that asserts itself in the face of Constantinian Christianity. (Job 28:12)
Dr. Malinda Berry, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at AMBS, is an educator-activist-doer. Her own teaching career got its start in a family of educators and has led to teaching roles at Goshen College, AMBS, and for the last five years at Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Ind. Her scholarship endeavors include being one of three founding editors of the Prophetic Christianity Books Series, a project focused on cultivating the scholarship of those connected to the Black Church, the Historic Peace Church and progressive Evangelicalism. In addition to teaching, writing, and editing, Malinda has served as interim pastor in New York City, and worked as a peace and social justice activist in Washington, D.C. She calls herself an â€œepicurious localvore, she enjoys worship and prayer that involves our senses, and she loves to knit.
PhD, Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2013
MPhil, Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2009
MAPS, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2001
BA, Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., 1996
2015 Augsburger Lectureship Event
“God’s Mission & Voices from the Margins” – Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD Assistant professor of theology and ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary located in South-Central Elkhart, Indiana.
Hear from the students of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center as they use a presidential debate as the platform for addressing questions about DC, dynamics of the program, and how they find God in the city.
“A Wesleyan Method of Engaging God’s Word”
led by Eastern Mennonite Seminary, United Methodist students.
*All seminary chapels are open to the public. All are welcome.
Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” This compelling and relevant question is being asked by campus ministries this year. Join Raymond Zeigler, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding student, as he reflects on his life on the streets of Philly in light of Jesus asking Who do you say that I am?
International Education Week – Women’s Issues / Views of Women in Society. Graduate students Myriam Aziz and Darsheel Sehbi share from their own stories of faith and strength.
“Burying God,Gathering Spices: healing from spiritual abuse” Emily Hedrick, student at Wake Forest School of Divinity and author of True Confessions of a God Killer: A Postmodern Pilgrim’s Progress
The good news starts at a tomb. We must learn to let each other mourn damaged images of God in order to experience new life.
Reverend Tafue Lusama is from the small island nation of Tuvalu. Rev. Lusama is not only the leader of the Tuvalu Christian Church and a highly respected minister, but he is also an outspoken advocate for creation care and a Christian response to climate change. His small island nation is quickly disappearing as sea levels rise, and Rev. Lusama brings a powerful testimony regarding the plight of his people and how the church can respond to this crisis.
Rev. Lusama makes a stop at EMU as part of the Restoring Eden 5-week speaking tour of Christian colleges around the east coast and midwest.