Come reflect on how the commandment “Love your neighbor as yourself” is a call to interconnectedness and not just selflessness. Looking at the commandment as an equation, with integral parts, how have we failed to emphasize loving ourselves in order to love our neighbors?
Esther Nafziger works as an admissions counselor. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking and baking, going out to eat with her husband, and traveling. She graduated from EMU in 2012 with a BA in English, licensure in secondary education, and a minor in writing studies.
Pluralism, Particularity & the Way to Peace, II: Why Do We — a Muslim & a Mennonite— Care About This?
A year ago the Center for Interfaith Engagement’s Visiting Muslim Scholar and theologian Dr. Amir Akrami and Mennonite theologian and Eastern Mennonite Seminary professor Dr. Mark Thiessen Nation engaged in a public discussion about Akrami’s pluralist approach to inter-faith relations and Nation’s particularist approach.
In this forum they will continue the conversation, beginning with a very brief summary of what was shared in their previous meeting. This time they will reflect directly on why they these issues matter to them. What does each of them believe is at stake in his pluralist/particularist approach to inter-faith relationships and peacemaking? What does each one see as (at least potentially) problematic or deficient in the approach of the other? And how would each express what it is that his approach has to offer to a pluralistic world as we negotiate how to live together in peace?
KrisAnne Swartley, Minister for the Missional Journey,
Doylestown Mennonite Church, Dolystown, PA
KrisAnne (EMU ’98) is on campus as a part of EMU’s visiting pastor program
The entire campus community is invited to every chapel worship service on campus.
Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday; EMU Campus Ministries hosts chapel gatherings every Wednesday and Friday in Lehman Auditorium. Specifics and occasional changes are noted in individual chapel listings.
In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James talk about which teams are busy on the recruiting trails right now and also how all the snow and postponements this spring affects the players. And any podcast this time of year without some bracket talk wouldn’t be complete, so they jump in a little.
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.
Alexa Short, Emily Hodges, Alyssa Weaver, and Andrea de Avila, hosted by Nancy Heisey and Carmen Schrock-Hurst, share reflections from their recent involvement in the Women Doing Theology conference.
One goal of conference organizers was to reflect on God, academically, relationally, prayerfully, actively and also contemplatively, from the multitude of contexts from which participants came. The theme, All You Need Is Love, both playfully acknowledges the way love is brought to the forefront by Valentine’s Day, and wrestles with the complexity of love as an element of Christian faith. February was also Black History Month, and one of the primary commitments of the conference was to work at undoing racism and advancing intercultural transformation.
The magazine FAITH: History, Mystery & Challenges Revealed — printed annually — just ranked Rachel Held Evans as the 4th rated “doer, thinker, pastor, and passer who is shaping the next generation of Christians.”
We are delighted to host Rachel Held Evans on campus. She is an evangelical Christian columnist, blogger and best-selling author who has attracted attention for her nuanced and accessible discussions about current issues in modern Christianity as the author of Evolving in Monkey Town (Zondervan, 2010) and The Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson, 2012) and a popular blog. She has promoted theological and political unity; fostered interfaith dialogue; celebrated powerful women; publicized social justice issues; and led fundraising campaigns for charity: water and World Vision, among other non-profit organizations.
In “The Year of Biblical Womanhood, How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on her Roof, Covering her Head and Calling her Husband Master” in which she spends a year literally living out the finest details of womanhood as described in the Old Testament. It is funny, thought provoking and challenging.
Evans has been spotlighted by NPR, Slate, BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The Times London, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com, in addition to speaking at retreats, conferences, universities, and churches of various denominations. In 2012, she was named one of Christianity Today’s “50 Women to Watch.”
This event is sponsored by the Provost’s Office, President’s Office, Albert Keim History Lecture Series, Intellectual Life Committee and Campus Ministries. It is also a Women’s History Month event.
Rachel Held Evans is an American Christian columnist, blogger and author of the book The Year of Biblical Womanhood and Evolving in Monkey Town, How a Girl with All the Answers, Learned to Ask Questions. In chapel, she speaks on Keep the Church Weird: Millennials & The Future of Christianity.
Rachel Held Evans has attracted attention for her nuanced and accessible discussions about current issues in modern Christianity as the author of Evolving in Monkey Town (Zondervan, 2010) and The Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson, 2012) and a popular blog. She has promoted theological and political unity; fostered interfaith dialogue; celebrated powerful women; publicized social justice issues; and led fundraising campaigns for charity: water and World Vision, among other non-profit organizations.
Evans has been spotlighted by NPR, Slate, BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The Times London, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com, in addition to speaking at retreats, conferences, universities, and churches of various denominations. In 2012, she was named one of Christianity Today’s “50 Women to Watch.” The just-published 2014 edition of Faith: History, Mystery and Challenges Revealed ranked Evans Held Evans No. 4 on its list of leaders shaping the next generation of Christians.