Join Todd Wynward to explore “Repairers of the Breach: Earth Justice, Everyday Heroes, and the Poor People’s Campaign” linking the ancient prophetic words of Isaiah with the Rev. William Barber’s “Poor People’s Campaign: a National Call for Moral Revival,” set to sweep the country in 2018. Fifty years after MLK was assassinated, Barber and countless others across America are carrying on King’s unfinished call for integrated justice, addressing the intersectional evils of racism, poverty, the war economy, and environmental degradation. This is the time to join in the movement!
Todd Wynward is a wilderness educator and author of Rewilding the Way: Break Free to Follow an Untamed God. Todd lives with his family in Taos, NM. When he is not re-imagining Christianity, Wynward is re-imagining public education and the American way of life, starting with his own. Locally he practices homesteading in the high desert, while nationally he works to galvanize movements in watershed discipleship, bioregional food covenants, and more-with-less living. He has been engaged in experiential education and social change movements for twenty years, and has spent more than a thousand nights outdoors. He is the founder of a wilderness-based public middle school, leads backpacking and river trips for adult seekers, and is an animating force behind TiLT, an intentional co-housing community. Patheos.com calls his novel “The Secrets of Leaven“ a delicious mystery… exploring deep questions.” His writings and doings can be found at leavenrising.com.
Iris de León-Hartshorn has worked within the Mennonite
Church in various roles since 1996, serving as a leader in
racial and gender justice in the church. She is currently
director of transformative peacemaking for Mennonite Church
USA. In this role, she coordinates initiatives and programs
related to the churchwide priority of “undoing racism and
advancing intercultural transformation.”
Just Stand: Gather to hear and explore pieces of selected speeches and sermons from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The MLK, Jr. Celebration theme is Just Stand based on a quote from King’s 1963 book of homilies: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Eastern Mennonite University Music Department and Campus Ministries present a new annual tradition of Christmas Lessons & Carols: a classic service of lessons from Christian scriptures and music from the University Choir, Chamber Singers, Emulate Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and congregational singing. This service features the premiere of a choral piece from American composer, Gwyneth Walker.
Matthew Hunsberger takes us on a musical journey through the weeks of advent and Christmas in a single University Chapel. Other participants include Brian Martin Burkholder (candle lighter); Elizabeth Resto and Anali Martin (readers); David Berry (piano); Sara Halteman (violin); and Katie Derstine, Ranene Schrock, Selah Shenk, and Jessica Hostetler (women’s vocal quartet).
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.