Bible and Religion at EMU
EMU Bible and religion students delve deep into Scripture, do their own spiritual formation work, and find their purpose in life as followers of Jesus; they become equipped to serve the common good close to home and around the world.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to attend seminary or graduate studies, or begin immediately to serve in churches, service organizations, schools, hospitals, and community organizations. You will develop self awareness and skills to make a difference through a commitment to Anabaptist Mennonite values of cross-cultural understanding, care for creation, non-violent peacebuilding and service to others as Jesus modeled.
Hands-On Learning and Exploration
Bible and religion students join in and often lead campus worship experiences and serve as ministry or pastoral assistants in residence halls. All students, whether they are a department major or not, are invited to explore pastoral ministry and test their gifts first-hand through the Ministry Inquiry Program. A unique benefit to Bible and religion students also lies in being on the same campus as Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
Popular evangelical author and blogger Rachel Held Evans spoke on campus March 19, 2014. Read a summary article about her three presentations which touched on why millenials are leaving the church and her experience of “a year of biblical womanhood.” Listen to a chapel podcast on her call to “Keep the church weird” and another podcast of her evening presentation to a packed house on “A year of biblical womanhood.”
Author Todd Wynward shares a wild way of discipleship, more ‘earth-honoring, empire-resisting, despair-erasing’September 23rd, 2015
Wilderness lovers, sustainability advocates, farmers, writers, educators and seminarians – Todd Wynward’s message, shared during a series of events from Oct. 1-7 at Eastern Mennonite University, will appeal to anyone striving to live intentionally, lightly and joyfully on this earth. Wynward, who lives in Taos, New Mexico, is author of Rewilding the Way: Break Free …More
Emeritus professor Calvin Shenk, who led Bible department and championed cross-cultural program, lived a life of Christian witnessSeptember 18th, 2015
Calvin E. Shenk, professor emeritus of religion who taught at Eastern Mennonite University from 1976-2001, has died. He resided in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His wife Marie passed away in 2010. The couple, both 1959 graduates of Eastern Mennonite College, returned after 14 years of missionary work in Africa to make an indelible mark on the vision …More
Alumni contribute to 3rd Way Collective ministry at Penn State, inspiring faith connections to peace and justice issuesJuly 13th, 2015
The newest pastor at University Mennonite Church (UMC) in State College, Pennsylvania, never seems to be in the actual church building, and the advisory team that relates to him doesn’t mind. In what is likely the first Mennonite ministry of its kind, 3rd Way Collective and UMC campus minister Ben Wideman operate almost exclusively on the …More