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Faculty and Staff Conference

Each year, the EMU fall faculty-staff conference seeks to cultivate community among faculty and staff by welcoming new employees and providing space to reconnect with colleagues after the summer break. We seek to energize ourselves for a new academic year through worship, storytelling, plenary and breakout sessions, conversation and fellowship.

This year, the conference theme is “Shaped by Faith: Being a Community of Formation.” In the new EMU Strategic Plan, one goal is to “Facilitate the formation of students, faculty, and staff into an academically rigorous community of learning shaped by core Anabaptist Mennonite values, whose members are characterized by an examined faith, engagement with important questions, and care for each other and creation.”

This year’s plenary speaker, Dr. Rebecca Slough, is associate professor of worship and the arts and academic dean at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Before coming to AMBS in 1998, she was managing editor for Hymnal: A Worship Book (1989-1992) and was also on the faculty at Bethany Theological Seminary. She became Academic Dean of AMBS in 2007. Rebecca extends her teaching beyond AMBS by leading retreats and workshops for pastors and congregations on worship, music, and the arts.

“Storytelling” sessions were contributed this year by admissions Jennifer North Baumann, assistant director of admissions; Michael King, seminary dean; and Laura Yoder, assistant professor of nursing.

Previous Conference Podcasts

2015 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference
Storytelling: Jennifer North Bauman, Michael King, and Laura Yoder

2014 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference: “Serving and Leading.”
John Stahl-Wert, plenary speaker.
Storytelling: Linda Gnagey, Ann Hershberger, Jason Lewkowicz, Lynn Veurink, and Dee Weikle.

2013 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference: “Serving with Compassion.”
Leonard Dow, plenary speaker.
Storytelling: Tara Kishbaugh, Galen Lehman, and Andrea Wenger.

2012 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference: “Creativity in the University.”
Ted Swartz, plenary speaker.