Gather with the Y-Serve Leadership Team for a prayerful sending for students going on service and learning opportunities over spring break.
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.
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.
Chapel Gathering in the Seminary:
“Touch with Faith: Jesus wanted to, Do you?”
Shirley Steward-Jones, EMS Preaching class student
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” John 13:1-17
Preaching Class student, Tyler Goss
Black Student Union leads the community gathered in a litany and prose on Hotep (peace).
“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
Spiritual Renewal Chapel –
Grounded: Jesus on the Margins, prophetic voices – Celeste Thomas, Christi Hoover Seidel, and Matthew Hunsberger
Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist, radio producer and co-founder of One Book, One Church. She is the author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. Her book reporting has taken her to secret societies of LGBT Christians within conservative enclaves, social justice Christian communes and many other corners of the subculture, where she explores the intersection of evangelical faith with race, gender, sexuality and progressive politics.
She writes about a variety of subjects, including religion, international human rights, health, travel, personal finance and much more. Her stories have been published by Slate, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, New York, Reuters, GOOD, SELF, Hemispheres, WBEZ and WNYC, among others. She was previously a staff reporter at The Associated Press.
Her series about migrant workers in China, written with reporting partner Sushma Subramanian, was a finalist for the 2012 Livingston Awards. The story, about the 58 million children left behind in China’s countryside without their parents due to restrictive national policies, follows one mother’s journey from the heart of China’s industrial boom back to her village, as she tries to reunite her broken family. The pair also produced a radio documentary which explores the world of China’s “bachelor villages,” or areas overrun with aging bachelors whose bleak marriage prospects are a direct result of the country’s gender imbalance. That documentary won the 2012 Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page award for radio feature.
Deborah has taught news reporting and magazine writing as a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. She previously taught intro to journalism to undergraduate students at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.
The Bible uses many metaphors for helping us understand and approach God. Today, in this chapel gathering, we worship God through several female images.