“Spiritual Writing and Spiritual Writers” – Rabbi Niles Goldstein

& Center for Interfaith Engagement.

Rabbi Niles Goldstein, founder of the New Shul in New York City and author most recently of Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Guide to Renewing an Ancient Faith, presents a talk on spiritual writings.

Goldstein’s talk describes a course he teaches called “Spiritual Writing and Spiritual Writers” that draws on devotional literature from various religious traditions from the Hebrew Bible down to the present. He addresses such questions as: What, over the centuries, have been some of the literary forms of spiritual writing? Do the texts function as transmitters of doctrine or as expressions of the writer’s inner life and/or vocation? Can writing itself be a spiritual and devotional activity?

Rabbi Goldstein’s talk is sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Engagement and the Bible and Religion Department at EMU.

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

“Indigenous Worldview: Values and Christianity” — Cheryl Bear

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Chapel Gathering in the Seminary:

Cheryl Bear’s First Nation community is Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in British Columbia, Canada, and she is from the Bear Clan. She is a multi award winning singer, songwriter and storyteller who shares stories of Indigenous life; the joy, sorrow, faith and journey. Cheryl travels to First Nations communities sharing songs of healing and songs to the Creator. Cheryl has an earned doctorate degree from The King’s University in Los Angeles (and a Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Life Bible College and Master of Divinity degree from Regent College, Vancouver, BC).

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.

“Three Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, Mind” – Dr. Holmes Rolston

& University Colloquium Series.

Dr. Holmes Rolston, university distinguished professor of philosophy at Colorado State University,offers a presentation on “Three Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, Mind.” This colloquium is co-sponsored by SASS and the Intellectual Life committee. Dr Rolston has written seven books, acclaimed in critical notice in both professional journals and the national press.

“Promised Land and Planet with Promise” – Holmes Rolston III

& University Chapels.

Holmes Rolston, III is the university distinguished professor of philosophy at Colorado State University, a Templeton prize winner and Gifford lecturer and author of seven books. He addressed University Chapel with, “Promised Land and Planet with Promise.”

Ancient Palestine was a promised land. Landscapes east and west, north and south, on six continents have proved homelands that peoples can come to cherish and on which they can flourish. My forebears in the Shenandoah Valley, coming from Scotland, loved gospel and landscape, sometimes wondering which love took priority. When this wonderland Earth is seen as divine gift, grace, that vision makes more alarming that Earth is also a planet in peril. “A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.” That ancient certainty needs now to become an urgent future hope. Today and for the centuries hence, the call is to see Earth as a planet with promise.


“Exploring Call” – Jordan Luther & Andrea De Avila Balboa

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

How are you searching out clarity of your call in life? Jordan Luther and Andrea De Avila Balboa share from their participation in the Ministry Inquiry Program this past summer.

The Ministry Inquiry Program is an exciting opportunity of Mennonite Church USA for college-age young adults to explore pastoral ministry. The program offers 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. For some students, 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.

“The Revelation of John” – David Downey

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Biblical Storyteller David Downey presents the entire Biblical book of Revelation from memory over the course of two Chapel Gatherings in the Seminary.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 includes The Prologue, The Seven Churches, The Seven Seals, and The Seven Trumpets

Thursday, October 17, 2013 includes The Dragon and the Beasts, The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath, The Fall of Babylon and The Judgement, and The New Heaven and the New Earth.

Because hearing the spoken Word is very different from reading it, Downey suggests two things as you listen to Revelation:

“First, do not try to follow along in your Bible.  It will only create a distraction and is probably a different translation anyway.”

“Secondly, as you listen, try not to interpret, or analyze, or try to understand what you hear.  Simply listen to the images and symbols and descriptions and let the creative power of God speak to you through the hearing of His Word.”

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.

“Where is God?” – Students Share Experiences

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Where have you seen God this week? Through video storytelling and communal singing, Pastoral Assistants and other students launch a journey of noticing and naming God’s presence among us.

CIE Interfaith Forum: Dr. Jon Hoover

& Center for Interfaith Engagement.

Dr. Jon Hoover, a leading Mennonite Islamics scholar and professor at The University of Nottingham, presents a CIE forum on “Christian-Muslim Relations in the Arab Middle East: The Long View of History.” He analyzes the history of Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle East leading up to the present.

Jon spent a number of years in the Middle East, studying in Cairo, Egypt, and teaching at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. His Ph.D. in Islamic Studies is from the University of Birmingham in England.

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

Homecoming Worship Service

& Homecoming.

In this worship celebration of song and scripture, Alum of the Year Tim Leaman (’93), Distinguished Service Award recipient Ezra T. Peachey (’54, Seminary ’56), and Outstanding Young Alum Isabel Castillo (’07) are recognized and share stories from their life and work.

“Buddhist Psychology” – Russell Pyle ’03

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Homecoming.

Russell James Pyle ’03, psychotherapist and PhD student in counselor education at the University of New Mexico, presents on Buddhist psychology.

From Russell:

“With the rise of the mindfulness movement in psychotherapy, there has been a renewed interest in the wisdom psychology of Buddhism. Buddhist principles can be beneficial to the process of healing for patients with a variety of mental health symptoms. This presentation [identifies] those principles and subsequent interventions as well as how they have been employed in my work with recently released ex-offenders.”