“Meet Menno Simons” – an impersonation by Gerald Brunk

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Hear History Professor Emeritus Gerald Brunk share an impersonation of Menno Simons.* Brunk’s rendition will challenge you to deepen your own life of faith, and to pursue your own calling.

* “Menno Simons (1496 – 31 January 1561) was a former Catholic priest from the Friesland region of the Low Countries who became an influential Anabaptist religious leader. Simons was a contemporary of the Protestant Reformers and it is from his name that his followers became known as Mennonites.” (Wikipedia)

“Hope and History in King, Obama and Coates” – Peter Dula

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Seminary.

Powerpoint Slides

Peter Dula offered a similar version of this Chapel Gathering at University Chapel on January 24.

Does the arc of history really bend towards justice as King and Obama liked to say? Think theologically about hope and history with Professor Peter Dula as part of the Common Read Chapel Series on Between the World and Me.

Peter Dula is Associate Professor of Religion and Culture. He received a Ph.D from Duke University in theology and ethics in 2004. He is the author of Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology (Oxford, 2011). Before coming to EMU in 2006 he was the Mennonite Central Committee Iraq Program Coordinator. He has taught at Lancaster Mennonite High School and at the Meserete Kristos College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he was a Fulbright scholar in 2001-2002. He has received several grants and fellowships including, most recently, the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers.

“Kicked Out of the Comfort Zone” – Kirk Hanger

& University Chapels.

Visiting Pastor Kirk Hanger focuses on themes of diversity dynamics and the vocation of faith communities looking at the Tower of Babel, Pentecost and Revelation to show that God’s plan from the beginning has always been diversity, however, like those at Babel, we still tend to want to stay in our comfort zones with people like us. God nudges, pushes and sometimes kicks us out of our comfort zones for our own growth and for the fulfillment of God’s mission in the world.

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Kirk Hanger is founding pastor of New Hope Fellowship, Alexandria, Va. Marilyn, Kirk’s wife, teaches at Claremont Immersion School in Arlington, VA. They have two grown sons. The Hangers served as church planters in Mexico City for eleven years and were involved in starting three churches in one of the largest cities in the world. Kirk continues as a mentor to leaders and churches in RIMI Network of Churches, a network that was started in Mexico and now includes churches in several other countries. Kirk grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, and the Fuller Theological Seminary , Pasadena, CA. Kirk is an ordained minister in Franconia Mennonite Conference, an area conference of Mennonite Church, USA. Prior to going to Mexico, Kirk pastored Methacton Mennonite Church in Norristown, PA. Marilyn is from Souderton, Pennsylvania and also graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and has a Masters in Education from George Mason University.

“Ministry Inquiry Program” – Elizabeth Witmer, Maddie List, Caleb Schrock-Hurst

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear reflections from Elizabeth Witmer, Maddie List, and Caleb Schrock-Hurst, about exploring ministry this past summer with the Ministry Inquiry Program. What might exploring ministry look like for you?

Elizabeth Witmer, a junior social work major, was at Faith Mennonite Church in Minneapolis. In addition to leading worship, visiting a terminally ill church member, preaching, planning and attending actions and workshops with a local immigrant-led organization, attending protests, and various other activities, Witmer said that she enjoyed being within walking distance of “anything I want do” and being “well connected to causes and actions I’m passionate about.”

Maddie List, a senior Bible and religion major from Arlington, Virginia, was in a summer service program called Ocean City Beach Project run by the Coalition for Christian Outreach for students who want to develop further as campus leaders. List and 30 other participants lived together,  attended classes, participated in Bible studies, led worship, and engaged in faith-based discussions in small groups. They each also had jobs in Ocean City, where they practiced discussing faith with coworkers.

Caleb Schrock-Hurst, a senior English major, was at New Hope Fellowship/Nueva Esperanza of Alexandria (Virginia). In addition to making pastoral visits, playing guitar in the church’s worship band, preaching, attending a young adult Bible study, “reading a lot more scripture and theology than I do on a regular basis,” and working on a variety of projects, Schrock-Hurst traveled with pastor and supervisor Kirk Hanger to visit member congregations from Mexico to Philadelphia.

“Hope and History in King, Obama and Coates” – Peter Dula

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Colloquium Series.

Powerpoint

Does the arc of history really bend towards justice as King and Obama liked to say? Think theologically about hope and history with Professor Peter Dula as part of the Common Read Chapel Series on Between the World and Me.

Peter Dula is Associate Professor of Religion and Culture. He received a Ph.D from Duke University in theology and ethics in 2004. He is the author of Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology (Oxford, 2011). Before coming to EMU in 2006 he was the Mennonite Central Committee Iraq Program Coordinator. He has taught at Lancaster Mennonite High School and at the Meserete Kristos College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he was a Fulbright scholar in 2001-2002. He has received several grants and fellowships including, most recently, the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers.

 

“Many Parts, One Body: Can this really be true of today’s church?” – Ervin Stutzman

& Many Parts One Body, University Chapels.

The Apostle Paul’s “body” metaphor of the church is as daunting as it is inspiring. Did he really expect his readers to act as though it were “true”? This message will invite you to look at the challenges to living out this Scriptural aspiration for the church. How might EMU approach the call to Christian unity in the midst of diversity in today’s world as a Christian university “like no other”?

Ervin Stutzman, Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA, offers perspectives on the Church Being the Church in the context of our Many Parts, One Body theme, inspired by Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12.