“Being Human in Ministry” – Moriah Hurst

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Spiritual Life Week.

Moriah Hurst, Nurture and Faith Development Pastor at Park View Mennonite Church (Harrisonburg, VA), closes the EMS Spiritual Life Week with her chapel address, “Me and My Messy Humanness”

“Promoting New Solutions to Water Crises in a Changing Kenya” – Doug Graber Neufeld

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Colloquium Series.

Promoting New Solutions to Water Crises in a Changing Kenya

Doug Graber Neufeld, PhD

Kenya faces a range of growing water-related challenges that typify those in many countries around the world. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) works with local and international partners in Kenya to encourage the adoption of sustainable solutions to these challenges. This seminar will describe three such MCC projects: 1) sand dams for community water harvesting in semi-arid regions, 2) conservation agriculture for increased crop production in rainfed agriculture, and 3) solar disinfection for clean water supply in urban slums of Nairobi. Rigorous monitoring and experimentation is playing a key role in successes of these projects that promote changes in behavior and technology. Lessons coming out of this emphasis center on the importance of participatory approaches, coupled with advances in understanding how social change happens and how individuals make decisions.

Doug Graber Neufeld, Professor of Biology at Eastern Mennonite University, received his B.A. from Tabor College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. He held post-doctoral research positions at medical schools at the University of Arizona, and the University of Otago (New Zealand) before coming to EMU in 1998, where he teaches courses related to environmental sustainability and health. As of this August, he is director of the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, a collaborative effort of EMU, Goshen College and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Doug has worked for MCC on water-related projects twice, first for two years in Cambodia, and more recently for two years in Kenya. In addition, he works with water projects locally, with a focus on water quality impacts in local streams.

“Faith on a Human Scale” – Pastor Mandy Smith

& University Chapels.

What if it’s not our job, as Christians, to have all the answers?
What if our greatest task is to daily rely on God?
What if our reliance on God, not our answers, is what will transform the world?
Are we willing to let them see us in need? Or only in strength?

Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade cafe in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is a contributing editor for Leadership Journal and the author of Making a Mess and Meeting God. Her latest book is The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry (IVP).  Mandy and her husband Jamie,  a New Testament Professor at Cincinnati Chiristian University, live with their two kids in a little house where the teapot is always warm.  She is also a fine artist and the creator of “The Collect,” a citywide trash-to-art project.

“Being Human in Ministry” – Mandy Smith

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Spiritual Life Week.

EMS Spiritual Life week opens with Mandy Smith, Writer, Artist and Lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade cafe in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is a contributing editor for Leadership Journal and the author of Making a Mess and Meeting God. Her latest book is The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry (IVP).  Mandy and her husband Jamie,  a New Testament Professor at Cincinnati Chiristian University, live with their two kids in a little house where the teapot is always warm.  She is also a fine artist and the creator of “The Collect,” a citywide trash-to-art project.

“Many Parts, One Body”- Pastor Chris Johnson

& Many Parts One Body, University Chapels.

Join Pastor Chris Johnson to dig down into this formational theme. Chris is Lead Pastor of Divine Unity Community Church (DUCC).

“Many Parts, One Body”- Campus Ministries Team

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Many Parts, One Body, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Gather with Campus Pastor Lana Miller and the campus ministries team for an introduction to the theme Many Parts, One Body and an inspirational invitation. Music from the Gospel Choir.

Summer Cross-culturals – Spain and Radical Europe

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

Hear brief reflections from the summer cross-cultural groups that spent time in Spain and Radical Europe

Summer Cross-culturals – Bolivia, Navajo Nation, and Local Context

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

Hear brief reflections from the summer cross-cultural groups that spent time in Bolivia, Navajo Nation, and in the Local Context.

University Convocation: “Serving. Leading. Transforming.” –President Huxman

& "Love One Another", Centennial, Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Centennial Opening Convocation with Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman: A special time of gathering the entire campus to launch the new academic year. President Huxman launches our centennial year celebrations with the theme: Serving. Leading. Transforming.

Opening Seminary Convocation Worship “Whispering Hope in a Time of Chaos”–Dr. Fred Kniss

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Dr. Fred Kniss, EMU Provost and Seminary Interim Dean, opens the Seminary Fall 2017 Semester with his convocation address: Whispering Hope in a Time of Chaos.

Psalm 3310-22 and Romans 5:1-5