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Windows on the World

Windows on the World is intended to stimulate personal involvement in and knowledge of some of the crucial and controversial issues facing Christians today. Through these forums, the campus community is exposed to Christian thinkers and activists who model our motto of “the whole gospel for the whole world.”

Presentations are Fridays, 10 a.m. in McInnis Auditorium (St. Davids campus) unless otherwise indicated.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and open to the public.
Click here to download PDF of the schedule

Fall 2014

* An asterisk after dates below indicates that following that particular presentation, the Provost’s Office will host an informal luncheon in Baird Library (Walton Hall, 2nd floor) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to extend the conversation over a meal. Participants should go through the Dining Commons line and bring their lunches back to Baird Library. Guests without a meal plan should give their names to the Sodexo cashier outside the Dining Commons and mention that they are attending the Windows luncheon.

Friday, AUGUST 29: FALL ACADEMIC CONVOCATION (10:00 a.m. in the University Gym at St. Davids)- Special Speaker: Dr. Ron Matthews, Professor of Music, Eastern University.  “Pertinent Persistence”.  The Academic Convocation is a meaningful, time-honored tradition at Eastern University, during which we gather to corporately welcome new students, faculty, administrators, and staff, to celebrate student achievements, and to ask God's blessing on our new beginnings. Dr. Ron Matthews, Professor of Music, will be the speaker; the title of his address is "Pertinent Persistence." PLEASE NOTE: 11:00 a.m. classes will start late as a result.

Friday, SEPTEMBER 5 *: Marie Monville, Author of One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish, Schoolhouse Shooting, “Bright Light in Dark Places”. “When all other lights go out, He still shines!” This became the anthem to Marie's life when on October 2, 2006, her then husband made a decision to hold an Amish school house hostage, forever changing life as she knew it. This is Marie’s testimony, forged while moving through unthinkable circumstances, into the unfathomable love of the Father. On her darkest day, Marie simply chose to believe that HE IS. This act of faith radically propelled her into a future she could not have hoped for nor imagined. Marie writes: “We all experience times of darkness, places we can barely see our way through. Through the power and love of Christ we have the ability to transform the darkness with his glorious light – impacting our life and the lives of those around us. Isaiah spoke of the coming Prince of Peace, and Christ made the declaration in Matthews 4:16 ‘The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light, and those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death, upon them a light dawned.’” Marie hopes to inspire us to have confidence in who God has called us to be so that we may light the way for others to find him.

Friday, SEPTEMBER 12 *: Dr. Randall Balmer, Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences, Chair, Department of Religion, Dartmouth College. “His Own Received Him Not: Jimmy Carter, the Religious Right, and the 1980 Presidential Election”. The political career of Jimmy Carter, America’s “born again” president, is riddled with paradox, but none more confounding than the fact that evangelicals, who helped propel him to the White House, turned so dramatically – and rabidly – against him four years later. How was it that evangelicals switched allegiances so completely in the course of Carter’s presidency?

NOTE: Dr. Balmer will also be with us on Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m. in McInnis Auditorium, speaking on “The Historian’s Pickaxe: Uncovering the Origins of the Religious Right.” One of the most durable myths in recent political history is the fiction that the Religious Right emerged as a political entity in direct response to the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. The real catalyst, however, was not quite so lofty. What really happened, and why?

Friday, SEPTEMBER 19: Kristyn Komarnicki, Editor, PRISM Magazine, Evangelicals for Social Action. “Sexual Justice: Why what we do with our bodies matters”. We were created out of the eros of God, who planted within us a love of beauty, a hunger for touch, and a longing for intimacy. We’ll look through the lens of the Theology of the Body to discover the gift of our sexuality and how we can live out that gift every day.

Friday, SEPTEMBER 26: Dr. Kathy-Ann Hernandez, Professor of Education, Eastern University. “Power in the Margins”. Each person’s life story is colored by “margin” experiences. The margin represents a position of vulnerability—the place where we are confronted with personal, social, and professional injustices or challenges. Far from being a position of weakness, however, there is power in the margins. In this presentation, Dr. Kathy-Ann Hernandez explores how tapping into that power is the basis for not only waging war against such injustices and challenges but for finding the pathway to meaningful work and service.

Friday, OCTOBER 3 *: John Hayes, Executive Director, InnerChange, London “God Has a Right Brain: An Artist Living in the Margins Calls for Creative Incarnational Ministry”. With thirty years of experience leading InnerCHANGE, a Christian Order incarnationally postured in inner cities, barrios and slum communities around the world, John Hayes has found that artists can spark creative vitality through an ability to see capacity where others typically see problems. John talks about maintaining an identity as both missionary and artist, and shares stories of discovering unexpected beauty in the margins which provokes ongoing celebration.

Friday, OCTOBER 10 *: Dr. Robert J. Priest, G.W. Aldeen Professor of International Studies, Professor of Mission and Anthropology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. "Towards Integrating Anthropology and Christian Faith: My Story". Dr. Priest will tell his own story of how he has attempted to integrate Christianity and anthropology, highlighting issues and ideas related to faith, science, and life experience. Dr. Priest is Professor of Mission and Anthropology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago. He was raised in a missionary family in Bolivia, and returned to do anthropological research among the Aguaruna of Peru, before becoming one of the foremost Christian anthropologists in this country. Dr. Priest’s research interests have focused on race and ethnicity, short-term missions, moral discourse, witchcraft, preaching and culture, money and missions, religious conversion, and anthropology of religion.

Friday, OCTOBER 24: Dr. Lindy Backues, Associate Professor of Economic Development, Eastern University. “A Biblical Case Study – Who is Good?”. The gospel is good news – presumably, good news embodied by and offered through good people. But what does it mean to be good? Who is it that is good? One of Jesus’ best known stories confronts us with the startling reality that goodness often comes packaged in unexpected people, an idea that threatens to modify or even render obsolete many of our categories of right and wrong. Jesus’ statements on the topic seem designed to startle the listener, leaving us asking what we should do with such provocation.

Friday, OCTOBER 31 (to be held in the University Gym at St. Davids) *. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Dean, Esperanza College. “Justice Acts of Modern Day Apostles”. Faith, reason and justice require intercultural skills. When we enter into God’s call through our different professions we are called to express this in a world of diverse cultures whose histories of engagement with one another are filled with injustice. How does the Holy Spirit make us the people of Pentecost, gifting us with languages for communication in every culture?

Friday, NOVEMBER 7 *: Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden, Founders of Someone To Tell It To, a non-profit counseling service. “Someone To Tell It To: Sharing Life’s Journey”. Michael and Tom will share stories from their book by the same title, published by Thomas Nelson/Zonderan/Westbow Press July 2014. The stories give voice to Michael and Tom’s own journeys of faith and ministry, as well as speak to the pain, brokenness, joy and triumphs of some of the people they have encountered along the journey who have been wounded by the church.

Friday, NOVEMBER 14 *: Rev. Dr. Emilio Marrero, Vice President of National Programs, Esperanza. “The Politics of Collaboration; A Way Forward for Hispanic Community". Dr. Marrero’s presentation will share the vision of Esperanza College of Eastern University, and reflect on ministry, outreach, and collaboration with and within the Hispanic community – along with the challenges this cultural community confronts in the U.S. on many fronts. Dr. Marrero will reflect on his own experience as a Hispanic, and cast a critical eye on assumptions about Hispanics, integration, and the politics of collaboration.

Friday, NOVEMBER 21 *: HAHA (Hunger and Homelessness Awareness) WEEK. Chris Haw, EU Alum ’03, carpenter, painter, theologian, and potter and author. “On loving a ruined city and a messy church”. After graduating from Eastern in 2003, Chris moved into an abandoned house in Waterfront South, Camden, NJ. Having formed a partnership with a Catholic Church there, he spent a decade living, working, and worshipping there. He will be discussing what it is like to live in faith and in community with others amidst pervasive abandonment, poverty, and a neighborhood full of the good and bad.

Friday, DECEMBER 5: Music and Dance Departments, Eastern University. Eastern University’s Music and Dance Departments will lead us in expressing the joy of this holy season.

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