Augsburger Lecture Series

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.

November 3-4, 2015

Dr. Malinda Elizabeth Berry, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Mennonite Higher Education as Mission

Malinda Elizabeth Berry is Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary located in South-Central Elkhart, Indiana which is part of the St. Joseph River Watershed. She and her family are part of Fellowship of Hope Mennonite Church. In addition to thinking big, and sometimes off-beat, thoughts about Christianity and the mission of the church, Malinda spends time knitting, practicing nonviolence through yoga, sharing meals with family and friends, as well as gardening and canning.

PhD, Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2013
MPhil, Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2009
MAPS, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2001
BA, Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., 1996


Tuesday, November 3 from 11-11:45 a.m. – Martin Chapel (Seminary Building)
Chapel Gathering (Seminary): God’s Mission & Voices from the Margins
A look at how the call for justice in the face of sexual/personal violence works to dethrone the church’s ego, and that this dethroning is a opportunity to be caught up in God’s mission to transform the world.

Tuesday, November 3 from Noon-1 p.m. – Northlawn West Dining Room
Faculty & Staff Luncheon: Circles of Bread, Circles of Stones: The (Nonviolent) Mission of Mennonite Education
A conversation focusing on the alignment between Mennonite educational endeavors and the Missio Dei beginning with Jesus question in Matthew 7:9 — “Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone?" and moving into reflections on how recovering “process practices” can provide students with a spiritual grounding and maturity to reflect theologically to better participate in God’s Great Shalom.

Wednesday, November 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. – Lehman Auditorium
University Chapel: “My Soul is Filled with Joy”: Mariology & the Mission of Mennonite Education
Using the image and symbol of the alma mater, a case will be made for Christ-centered education in an Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition that conceptualizes our network of schools as alma maters, or nourishing soul-mothers that are the Seat of Wisdom. This case involves thinking carefully about a nonviolent interpretation of the Christian gospel that asserts itself in the face of Constantinian Christianity. (Job 28:12)

Wednesday, November 4 from 4-5 p.m. – Common Grounds Coffeehouse
TGIW with Faculty & Staff: Mennonite Higher Education as Mission: What is Your Part?

Dr. Malinda Berry is hosting a “circle” conversation about how teaching faculty and administrative staff think about their particular part of EMU’s educational mission and the place of these parts and mission in the mission of God’s Great Shalom.

What’s a circle? Berry is a student of a type of circle process called both “the Circle Way” and “PeerSpirit Circling.” You can learn more here.

Campus chapel services

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel worship service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday; EMU Campus Ministries hosts university chapel every Wednesday and Friday in Lehman Auditorium. Specifics and occasional changes are noted in individual chapel listings.