This week, as promised, Dave provides background information and rationale for why EMU does not fly the American flag or play the National Anthem before athletic events. He refers to the statement that President Swartzendruber has written on the issue as well as sharing some of his personal experiences having worked in Mennonite educational institutions during his career in athletics. Dave also shares an excerpt from the book Mind Gym that all freshmen are reading. The chapter he refers to deals with the issue of not getting playing time or “riding the pine”.
Every other May, a cross-cultural study group goes from Eastern Mennonite Seminary to Israel/Palestine. This chapel contains short stories and reflections from seven participants from May, 2013:
Meditations on people and places–Anita Laura Fonseca
Reconciling Palestinian/Western land awareness–Linda Matheny
Let the little children come unto me in Hebron–Kevin A. Clark
Refusing to be enemies–Dorothy Jean Weaver
Reflection on the Dead Sea: “Go in Peace”–LaDawn Knicely
Conversations with Sami–Drew Ensz
Hope in the midst of disorientation–Darlene Wilkins.
In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James give some impressions on the EMU teams after opening week, plus what we can expect of the Royals this weekend. Dave then digs into more discussions he has had from the Bridging the Gap class, which is required for all first-year athletes at EMU. This week’s focus deals with how much growth a student-athlete can expect during his or her college years.
Dr. Andrea Dalton Saner, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew Language, reflects on, “Who has spoken through the prophets: God’s word, human awe, and the Old Testament,” drawing from Isaiah 40:6-8 and Isaiah 55:6-11.
Seminary Dean Dr. Michael King has begun to articulate a vision for EMS as a “Discernment Training Center” (see Convocation, Fall 2012 and Convocation, Fall 2013). This fall semester, Seminary Faculty are sharing about their own awareness of the topic of discernment through the lens of their own particular discipline or area of study.
In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James elaborate on the “official” start to the year, Royals Night, when ALL of EMU’s student-athletes gather together in Yoder Arena to kick things off. They also look ahead at this weekend’s EMU Women’s Volleyball Invitational, as well as the openings of the other seasons.