Summer Cross-culturals – Kenya, Local Context, and Iran

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear brief reflections from the summer cross-cultural groups to Kenya, in the Local Context, and to Iran

“Sacred Ground: Experiences in Lithuania” – Kathryn Fenton

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

Kathryn Fenton, Artist and EMS student, presents “Sacred Ground”–A Visio Divina on her experiences in Lithuania.

Kathryn is in her final year of Seminary study in the Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Art.  She studied studio art at Messiah College for two years before transferring to EMU to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art.

Kathryn’s present exhibit, “The Land of Mary: My Pilgrimage to Lithuania,” is on display on the Art Gallery wall, first floor of the Seminary building. Her stated intent is to create a Holy space for people to pray and meditate and to represent the Holy spaces she found and visited in Lithuania.

“Parables – everyday stories …” – Pastoral Assistants

& Parables, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Parables – everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers.

Campus Ministries and the Pastoral Assistants launch a focus on the parables of Jesus for the campus community. Parables is the campus ministry theme for the year.

“Authenticity Without Arrogance: A Call to Barefoot Discipleship” – Rev. Canon Dr. Stephen Cherry

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Rev. Canon Dr. Stephen Cherry speaks in Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, reflecting on Mark 10:17-27.

Stephen Cherry is an Anglican priest who is Director of Ministerial Development and Parish Support for Durham diocese and a Residentiary Canon and Chapter Member of Durham Cathedral. He has degrees in Theology and Psychology, and a PhD on the theology and practice of forgiveness. This month, he will assume a new post as Dean of King’s College, Cambridge.

Summer Cross-culturals – Spain and Lithuania

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear brief reflections from the summer cross-cultural groups to Spain and Lithuania.

“Working the Soil” – Loren Swartzendruber

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Parables, University Chapels.

President Swartzendruber addresses the campus community drawing from Matthew 13:1-9

This service concludes with a  time of sending for the cross-cultural seminar group departing for SE Balkans: Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

“Recognizing Jesus when Phone Booths Vanish” –Dr. Michael King

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

Seminary Dean, Dr. Michael King, opens the EMS fall semester with his convocation address, “Recognizing Jesus when Phone Booths Vanish.” 

King writes:

When I saw a PBS video on seminaries posted under a heading that asked if what we teach is repairing phone booths, that caught my attention. Maybe because I turn 60 next month, I remember phone booths! Are seminaries, universities, congregations, denominations doing the equivalent of teaching phone booth repairs even though cell phones long ago made them obsolete?

I’ll ponder this at Eastern Mennonite Seminary convocation Tuesday morning, August 26, at 11:00 in Martin Chapel, seminary building second

I’ll ask whether pointers for moving beyond phone booth repairs might be found in that memorable story of followers of Jesus ruminating on his
death with a stranger. They don’t realize they’re discussing with Jesus the absence of Jesus.

Do we similarly fail to recognize Jesus? If so, are there fresh ways we can live, theologize, educate, structure our churches to meet Jesus
precisely where we think he’s absent? As EMU discerns hiring policy for persons in same-sex relationships, might we even gently help each other
learn to see Jesus across our divided understandings of right and wrong?

If you’re interested in exploring with us how through meeting Jesus anew we might do more than repair phone booths, we warmly welcome you.
Blessings –Michael A. King, seminary dean

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00. 

Orientation “Service of Worship and Blessing”

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Vice-President for Enrollment, Dr. Luke Hartman, delivers the Sermon during the orientation weekend Sunday morning worship.

2014 Matriculation Ceremony

& Faculty/Staff Speakers.

New students and parents are welcomed by President Swartzendruber and faculty.
The official transition begins.

“Storytelling” — Faculty/Staff Conference

& Faculty/Staff Conference, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

During the 2014 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference, several EMU Faculty and Staff share stories about serving/leading: 

Linda Gnagey

Ann Hershberger

Jason Lewkowicz

Lynn Veurink

Dee Weikle