Reflections from the Women’s March

& University Chapels.

Wondering about the personal motivations and impact of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington? Hear reflections from students, staff and faculty who participated in this historic march. What are the challenges? Where did you see Jesus? Where are you finding hope?

Melody Pannell shares from her experiences processing whether or not to participate in the march and what she experienced as a participant. Michaela Mast, Austin Sachs, Harrison Horst and Greta Ann Herin offer shorter reflections from their experiences.

“Overcoming Shame”- Kathleen Cooper

& Seminary.

“Overcoming Shame”
Kathleen Cooper, EMS Preaching class student

“Sending for Spring Break Service Groups” – Y-Serve

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Gather with the Y-Serve Leadership Team for a prayerful sending for students going on service and learning opportunities over spring break.

Y-Trip Locations for 2017

Civil Rights Tour (visiting historic sites and learning centers from the southern Civil Rights Movement) with Multicultural and International Student Services, Gospel Choir, Y-Serve and Black Student Union. – Leaders: Celeste Thomas, Oksana Kittrell, Tae Dews

Laurelville Mennonite Church Center (work projects at a camp/retreat center near Pittsburgh) in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. – Leaders: Alexa Weeks, Sarah Jennings

Mennonite Disaster Service (responding in Christian love to those affected by disasters) in Lafayette, Louisiana. – Leaders: Harrison Horst, Andrew Troyer

Sharing with Appalachian People (addressing sub-standard housing, sharing the message of God’s love and building relationships in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia) in Elkhorn, West Virginia. – Leaders: Grayson Mast, Abe Hartzler

PLUS students going to Graterford Prison as part of the Restorative Justice course.

“Ash Wednesday Chapel: Kyrie Eleison” – Ken Nafziger & Chamber Singers

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Immerse in the practice of praying Kyrie Eleison (God have mercy) as a shared prayer practice this Ash Wednesday with music led by Chamber Singers and reflections gathered by Ken J. Nafziger, Professor of Music.

“Touch with Faith: Jesus wanted to, do you?” – Shirley Steward-Jones

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

Chapel Gathering in the Seminary:

“Touch with Faith: Jesus wanted to, Do you?”
Shirley Steward-Jones, EMS Preaching class student

“Grounded in Grace” – Jolee Paden ’16

& Grounded, University Chapels.

Jolee Paden ’16, author of Spiritual Runner : A Runner After God’s Own Heart, returns to campus to teach on being grounded in grace.


Jolee Paden serves as Member Services Manager at Back on My Feet, Washington DC and Author at Spiritual Runner: A Runner After God’s Own Heart

Inspired. Passionate. Seeking the Lord. Learning to love.

From St. Joseph, Illinois. Graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (2016). Then competitive and now recreational runner since 2006. Currently resides in Washington, DC working with Back on My Feet. Enjoys fluffy puppies & peanut butter. (Not together) Loves getting to know new people over a run. Believer in the organic, mission-centered local church. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

“We wash feet” – Tyler Goss

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

“We wash feet” John 13:1-17

Preaching Class student, Tyler Goss

“Hotep” – Black Student Union & Alpha Omega Dancers

& University Chapels.

Black Student Union leads the community gathered in a litany and prose on Hotep (peace).

“Where is God in this chaotic and hateful world?” – Billy Jones and Phil Yoder

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

“Where is God in this chaotic and hateful world?” or “Bad Fruit and the Watching Tree” Jeremiah 1:1-19

Preaching Class students. Billy Jones & Phil Yoder

“Grounded: Jesus on the Margins” – Celeste Thomas, Christi Hoover Seidel, and Matthew Hunsberger

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Grounded, Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

Spiritual Renewal Chapel –

Grounded: Jesus on the Margins, prophetic voices – Celeste Thomas,  Christi Hoover Seidel, and Matthew Hunsberger