University Chapel Schedule

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A community gathering place for worship and forum, chapel reflects an Anabaptist/Mennonite perspective alongside the gifts, traditions and cultures of the broader Christian faith. Faith, hope and love are nurtured in the way of Jesus.

Wednesday, March 25

Chapel Forum: Augsburger Lecture: An Alternative Narrative – Nelson Okanya ’02

Nelson Okanya, EMS Alum, opens the annual Augsburger Lectureship in University Chapel. Okanya serves as President of Eastern Mennonite Missions and will speak on An Embodied Witness.

Nelson Okanya is president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM). He was born and raised in the Mennonite community in Kenya, where he interacted with the EMM mission community in Nairobi. He participated in numerous short-term cross-cultural mission experiences and is a 2002 MDiv graduate of EMS. Nelson served for almost six years as pastor of the multi-cultural; multi-national Capital Christian Fellowship congregation near Washington D.C. Among his areas of interest is Anabaptist witness and mission. He is excited about unique mission opportunities and challenges in the 21st century. Nelson enjoys engaging in postmodern and inter-cultural dialogue with a special interest in the next generation and the church as narrative-formed transforming community.

The Myron S. Augsburger Lectureship provides resources to annually bring to the campus of the college and seminary 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 Eastern Mennonite University.

Friday, March 27

Chapel Forum: Washington Community Scholars’ Center

Wednesday, April 1

Holy Week Chapel: What Sort of Foolishness? -Dr. Michael King ’76

April Fool’s Day! Drawing on the common lectionary texts for Palm Sunday (Psalm 118:1-2 & 19-29, Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16), which include the foolishness of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, Michael King reflects on the “foolishness” of the Holy Week narratives.

Dr. Michael King serves as Vice President and Seminary Dean. King has long been an editor and publisher, first through Herald Press (Scottdale, PA, 1989-1997) and then more recently as owner and publisher, Cascadia Publishing House LLC (Telford, PA, 1997-). He has been pastor in congregational settings ranging from Germantown Mennonite Church (Philadelphia, PA, 1982-1989), Spring Mount (PA) Mennonite Church (1997-2008), and more. He is married to Joan Kenerson King, of Olean, NY, a family therapist with offices in Devon and Telford, PA; and an advanced practice nurse who consults with public behavioral health systems. They are parents of three adult daughters.

King received his B.A. from Eastern Mennonite University (1976), M.Div. from Eastern Baptist (now Palmer) Theological Seminary (1982), and Ph.D. in rhetoric and communication from Temple University (1997).

University chapel is held Wednesday (worship) and Fridays (forum) at 10 a.m. in Lehman Auditorium. All offices and departments, other than essential services, are to close in order to allow the community to attend and support chapel.

All undergraduate students, faculty and staff of the university are expected to attend at least one chapel each week. (Chapel Attendance Policy, p. 48/49 of the Student Handbook and Faculty/Staff handbook section 7.1, p. 166)

In addition to university chapel, Chapel Gatherings (seminary chapel) are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m., and Celebration: Praise Worship is held weekly at 9 p.m. on Sunday nights both in Martin Chapel.

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