CIE Interfaith Forum: Rev. Dennis Perry and Naeem Baig

& Center for Interfaith Engagement.

For opening its doors to its Muslim neighbors, Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria was featured on “The Daily Show with John Stewart.” Rev. Perry, an EMS grad and lead pastor at Aldersgate UM Church, and Baig, vice president of Islamic Circle of North America, will talk about their controversial experience of crossing boundaries to build relationships.

Rev. Perry grew up in Harrisonburg. He graduated from JMU where he majored in Philosophy and Religion, received an MDiv degree from EMS and a DMin from Wesley Theological seminary in Washington, D.C. He began serving churches while in college. He’s served Stanley Church in Page County, Keezletown Church in Rockingham County, Gordonsville and Barboursville churches in Orange County near Charlottesville and Woodlake Church in the Richmond suburbs.

Naeem Baig is Vice President for Public Affairs at the Islamic Circle of North America. Established in 1968, the Islamic Circle of North America was a response to the growing need for a supportive Muslim community in North America. ICNA has worked to establish connections between Islam and the public, collaborating with numerous Muslim organizations to reach this end. ICNA also works closely with many national interfaith organizations for the betterment of society.

For more info contact: Center for Interfaith Engagement, 540-432-4674 or email interfaith@emu.edu
www.emu.edu/interfaith

Mental Health & Suicide Awareness – Pam Comer

& University Chapels.

Sometimes in a suicidal situation we ask Where is God? Pam Comer, Director of the Counseling Center, and leaders of CoachLink, help us explore answers to this question through reflection, ritual and an original song performed by EMU student, Grace Engle.  Listen for announcements about the February 23 workshop on Suicide Awareness: What to do when you are concerned about someone you know and the March 31 four-campus event Walk for Hope: colleges unite for depression and suicide awareness

Inside Athletics: Feb. 3, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James talk about the busy stretch of home games EMU had earlier this week, and what all the wins in those games mean.  Dave also digs into the experience of student-athletes from the 1980s and 90s, and solicits thoughts from that era.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

“Honoring the Past” – Luke Hartman

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Luke Hartman ’91, Vice President for Enrollment, opens Black History Month with the first of two chapels planned by the Black Student Union.   He shares stories to honor his own past and reflects on why it is important to do so.

“Reordering our World” – Dr. Anil Solanki

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

Dr. Anil Solanki, EMS Adjunct Professor of Old Testament and Minister in the United Church of Christ, preaches from  Luke 1:46-55, the Magnificat.

Camp Chapel: Where-in Lies your Identity? – Glenn Nofziger II ’02

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Booths with representatives from a wide range of camps surround the chapel gathering in the unique venue of the Campus Center Greeting Hall.  Glenn Nofziger II shares a message about identity in Christ, reflecting on his experiences at camp, college, and in short-term missions/evangelism.  Glenn, EMU class of ’02,  is an Eastern Mennonite Seminary student who served on staff at Little Eden, a camp on the shores of Lake Michigan.

“Freedom: from a Biblical Perspective” – Joanne Gallardo

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Consider a biblical perspective on freedom as Joanne Gallardo preaches on John 8:31-36.

Inside Athletics: Jan. 27, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” Dave and James jump into a recap of the past few days.  Dave also opens the door for James to explain what a basketball game day looks like for him.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

“Disintegration” – Cyndi Gusler

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Colloquium Series.

Cyndi Gusler, associate professor of Visual and Communication Arts, presents at the January Colloquium lecture.  She shares from  her sabbatical work focusing on using discarded and eco-friendly materials to create art.  The lecture and Q&A time are followed by the opening of her show “Disintegration” in the Margaret Martin Gehman Gallery .

(News Story)

The monthly Colloquium lectures are planned and sponsored by the office of the provost.  Contact provost@emu.edu for more info.

Reflections on Ministry and Call – Julia Schmidt & Brendon Derstine

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Brendon Derstine and Julia Schmidt offer reflections from their participation in the Ministry Inquiry Program, Summer 2011.

The Ministry Inquiry Program is an exciting opportunity of the Mennonite Church USA for college-age young adults to explore pastoral ministry. The program offers you the opportunity to experience first hand what ministry is and to test your own gifts and sense of call. Participants work under the supervision of a pastor and are involved in many aspects of a minister’s life and work. Effort is made to place you in the congregation or congregational setting of your choice—urban, rural, large, or small. For students of mission, an overseas assignment can be considered.

The Ministry Inquiry Program also offers pastors and congregations a specific way to be involved in helping students experience leadership in the church. Pastors serve as mentors and examples. Students learn by both observing and doing. At the conclusion of the summer, all participants and the pastor or supervisor submit a report and evaluation of the program.