“The End of Lament” – Andrea Dalton Saner

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

Dr. Andrea Dalton Saner, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew Language at EMS, addresses Chapel Gathering around Psalm 88 and Romans 8:18-39.

Context: Romans 8 is not an Advent text, but perhaps it could be. Advent is a season of waiting–perhaps of groaning–and repenting, preparing ourselves to be awake and ready for the coming of our Lord.  We wait with the prophets, who longed for the redemption of Israel, and we wait in our own time for Christ’s next coming. In this season, remember that for which we hope: the coming glory, about to be revealed in us. In this season, as we wait, let us search out the Spirit, the firstfruits of that glory, who empowers us to live into the image of the one who is coming.

“What is your ministry?” – Hannah Shultz and Perry Blosser

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Hear reflections from Hannah Shultz and Perry Blosser about the Ministry Inquiry Program this past summer. How does ministry inquiry look for you?

Hannah Shultz served with Manantial de Vida in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Her responsibilities included sharing her testimony, praying, helping children learn about gardening and Earth care, leading children’s worship, translating documents from Spanish to English, choreographing worship songs for a dance ministry and preparing Sunday school activities.

Perry Blosser served at Salford Mennonite Church in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. A music and Bible and religion major, he preached, led music and worked with other projects such as a summer choir, getting to know members and families over dinners in their homes, and balancing the responsibilities of a full schedule.

“Coates, Hope, Bible” – Dr. Kevin Seidel

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

What is the connection between Coates, Hope and the Bible? Hear the thoughts of Professor Kevin Seidel as part of the Common Read (Between the World and Me) Chapel Series. Emulate opens the chapel with music.

Dr. Kevin Seidel serves as Associate Professor of Language and Literature. A native of California, Seidel came to EMU from the University of Virginia, where he received his Ph.D. in English Literature and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He is working on a book project that uses original research on the eighteenth-century English Bible to open up new ways of thinking about the history of the English novel. He is also actively involved in Scriptural Reasoning. His teaching and scholarship both explore the changing relationship between religion, secularism, and literature.

University Colloquium – Nabila Hijazi

& University Colloquium Series.

Nabila Hijazi is a Graduate Writing Fellow at the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. candidate with a focus in English and a Concentration in Composition & Rhetoric. She is an ESL expert and has published in this field. In this colloquium address, Nabila speaks to us about strategies for promoting multicultural voices on our campus.

Praise Worship – Celebration

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Gather with Celebration for praise worship featuring singing and exploring what is our true and proper worship (Romans 12:1-2).

Romans 12:1-2 – New International Version (NIV)

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

“Radical Anabaptist Womanism: Daring Daughters from Margin to Center” – Melody Pannell

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Melody M. Pannell, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Chairperson for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, speaks in Chapel Gathering at Eastern Mennonite Seminary on the topic of, “Radical Anabaptist Womanism: Daring Daughters from Margin to Center.”

“Love from the center of who you are” – Anton Flores-Maisonet

& Spiritual Life Week.


Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. (Romans 12:9 MSG)

Most of us spend most our lives hiding behind masks of fear and shame. But that’s not who we are, and definitely not who we were created to be. We can love from the center of who we are because love is at the center of who we are.


Anton Flores-Maisonet is co-founder of Casa Alterna, a hospitality house in Georgia devoted to faithful acts of mercy and justice alongside its Latinx neighbors. Casa Alterna serves as a hub for connecting and empowering neighbors via tutoring, community organizing, and popular education.

Because of Anton’s prophetic advocacy and tireless solidarity, he has been honored by two Spanish-language Atlanta-based newspapers as their respective “Person of the Year”. Additionally, Alterna was named “Organization of the Year” by Mundo Hispánico, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in Atlanta.

Anton Flores-Maisonet holds degrees in social work from Georgia State University and the University of Georgia.