Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. (Romans 12:11-13 NRSV)
When fear seeks to erect walls in our hearts, laws, and borders, the call of the Church is to an even fiercer love. For over 15 years, Casa Alterna co-founder, Anton Flores-Maisonet, has extended hopeful, patient, and persevering hospitality to Latinx immigrants. Via stories that inspire, Anton will remind us all that love crosses borders.
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.
Trina Trotter Nussbaum is currently on research leave from the Center for InterFaith Engagement in order to finish work for her master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU. She is writing a thesis and conducting a research study which is entitled: Self-Care May Not Be Enough: Secondary Traumatic Stress and Organizations: A Mixed-Methods Study. She will defend her thesis in December of this year.
How do you know your spiritual gifts and what are they for? Join Pastor Micah Hurst in exploring spiritual gifts in light of sharing God’s love with the world.
Micah Hurst serves as Pastor of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Weaver’s Mennonite Church here in Harrisonburg, Va. His previous roles at Eastern Mennonite University include serving as a Residence Director for Cedarwood, Seminary student, and completing an internship with Campus Ministries.
James Krabill facilitates engagement with a panel of EMU alumni who have served in Christian evangelism and mission initiatives in various cultural settings across the decades of EMU’s 100 years.
Panelists: Leonard Dow ’87, Esther Augsburger ’72, James Krabill ’71.
Find the complete list of Augsburger Lecture Series panelists and full schedule.
The Augsburger Lectureship provides resources to annually bring to campus a noted lecturer to address pertinent topics in the area of Christian evangelism and mission for the stimulation and development of a vision for evangelism and missions for the students, faculty and staff of EMU.
John and Michele Sharp share reflections from the life and calling of their son, Michael J. (M.J.) Sharp, recipient of the 2017 EMU Life Service Award, who was killed while on a United Nations peacemaking mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March 2017.
John Sharp teaches history and Bible at Hesston College, is a storyteller and author. Among his books: A School on the Prairie: A Centennial History of Hesston College, My Calling to Fulfill: the Orie O. Miller Story, and most recently, The Bible as Story: An Introduction to Biblical Literature, written with colleagues Marion Bontrager and Michele Hershberger.
Michele Miller Sharp launched her career in education and moved into the medical field working in family practice for the past 20 years as a physician assistant and more recently in clinic administration as Director of Clinical Excellence.
John and Michele are the parents of two married daughters, Erin & Laura and a son, MJ, as well as the grandparents of three absolutely adorable grandchildren, Oscar, Lucy & Jesse.
Movements of Faith, Geography of Hope
(Genesis 4:12-16, Hebrews. 11:8-10, 13-16)
Linford Stutzman, Director of John Coffman Center and BLESS program
Eric Trinka, EMS Alum, Catholic University PhD student and collaborator with the BLESS program
Human history is a story of movements – migrations, invasions, escapes, captivities and trade.The biblical story is no exception for scripture is shaped by movements that are motivated by desperation and hopelessness, but also faith and hope. As such, the biblical story offers an alternative perspective to the fear that permeates our culture.