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What’s So Good about this Samaritan?: A Christian Ethic for Navigating Power and Difference – Christena Cleveland and Drew Hart
7-8:30 p.m. Lehman Auditorium

For the opening plenary, Christena Cleveland and Drew Hart will explore the Good Samaritan story. They will consider how Jesus told this unsettling narrative which exposed and confronted how power and difference were organizing people’s lives. They will guide us into a reflection on the ethical implications for our own lives as we navigate our society.

Pastor Appreciation Breakfast with the President
7 a.m. – President’s Room, University Commons
Pastors registered for SLT are invited to the President’s Room in University Commons to meet EMU president Susan Schultz Huxman for one complimentary light breakfast on either Tuesday, Jan 19, or Wednesday, Jan 20, from 7-8 a.m. We suggest that persons whose last name begins with A-L attend on Tuesday and those whose last name begins with M-Z attend on Wednesday. Preregistration necessary.

The Priesthood of the Privileged: A Practical Theology of Inequality, Power and Unity – Christena Cleveland
9-10:30 a.m. Martin Chapel

Not all divisions are created equal. What are Christians called to do when divisions exist across power lines? Christena will discuss how we can think and act theologically in our unequal world.

Ministry in MCUSA Luncheon
Tuesday 12:30-1:30 p.m., Northlawn East Dining Room

Mennonite students and those looking for ministry possibilities in the Mennonite Church are invited to meet with conference ministers to network and learn about the journey. Bring your own lunch or dining hall meal to the room.

Whitened Jesus and the Challenge of Discipleship – Drew Hart
1:45-3:15 p.m. Martin Chapel

Its slowly becoming common knowledge that Jesus was not a blonde-haired and blued-eyed European. Yet few people in the church have considered some of the broader consequences of whitening Jesus beyond reproducing an obvious visual misrepresentation of a 1st century Palestinian man. In this plenary, Drew Hart will guide us toward some broader implications of westernizing and whitening Jesus as it relates to Christian formation and our attempts at doing life together. Staying attentive to the everyday theological and ethical ramifications of a whitened Jesus is necessary for followers of Jesus that no longer want to unconsciously reproduce racial hierarchy in their lives and through their ministry. Come and join us for this necessary self-examination of our humble attempts to follow Jesus throughout our society.

Optional Evening Session – “The Jungle Book”
7:00 pm, Martin Chapel

“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
This 2016 film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s story explores the relationship between the individual and the community as well as the dynamics of power. These themes are closely connected to our discussion of “Other” and “Neighbor.” By entering into a dialogue with The Jungle Book, audience members will be encouraged to reflect on what the movie has to teach about “otherness” and to critically consider how film and media shape our perceptions of “others.” Facilitated by EMS alumnus, Ben Bixler

Pastor Appreciation Breakfast with the President
7 a.m. – President’s Room, University Commons
Pastors registered for SLT are invited to the President’s Room in University Commons to meet EMU president Susan Schultz Huxman for one complimentary light breakfast on either Tuesday, Jan 19, or Wednesday, Jan 20, from 7-8 a.m. We suggest that persons whose last name begins with A-L attend on Tuesday and those whose last name begins with M-Z attend on Wednesday. Preregistration necessary.

“Other” and “Neighbor” in the context of theological education- Seminary faculty panel
9 – 10:30 a.m., Martin Chapel

EMS faculty members will lead us in a time of reflecting together on the questions/issues/challenges raised by our plenary speakers. They will share how EMS works at equipping students to navigate the journey from “other” to “neighbor.”

Women in Ministry Luncheon
Wednesday 12:30-1:30 p.m., Northlawn West Dining Room

Women who are in or considering ministerial roles are invited to bring their dining hall meals or bag lunches to the West Dining Room in Northlawn. Nancy Heisey, associate dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, will facilitate a time of networking and encouragement.

Sending Worship
3:45 – 5:00 p.m., Martin Chapel

The SLT Worship Team invites us to a time of gathered worship. We will reflect on lessons learned, challenges embraced, and inspiration gained, as we return to our places of life, work, and ministry.

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