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 âthe whole gospel for the whole world.â
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.
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* After this presentation, the Provostâs Office will host a luncheon in Baird Library to extend the conversation over a meal. These informal Windows luncheons are held from 11:30 until 1 or so in Baird Library in Walton Hall (2nd floor). Participants go through the Dining Commons line and bring their lunches back to Baird Library. Any guests who do not have a meal plan just give their names to the Sodexo cashier outside the Dining Commons (mentioning the Windows Luncheon).
August 30: FALL ACADEMIC CONVOCATION (held in the University Gym at St. Davids) Special Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Yonan, Dean of the Templeton Honors College. The Convocation initiates the new academic year. Honor students are recognized, and new students, faculty, staff and administration are welcomed to Eastern University.
September 6 *: Reverend Dr. Debra Sutton, Associate Pastor at Church of the Loving Shepherd in West Chester, Psychotherapist, and Adjunct faculty member at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. "Labyrinths: A Tool for Feeding Spiritual Hungerâ. The technology of the 21st century makes it possible for persons living in the US to be almost constantly connected to one another. Because of this, and for many other reasons, it can be increasingly difficult to find the time and space to connect with God. Many people hunger for opportunities to listen for Godâs voice and many more are starved for silence and stillness. Labyrinths, an ancient, unicursal path, provide such sacred space for prayer, reflection and meditation.
September 13 *: John Franke, D.Phil., Executive director and professor of missional theology at Yellowstone Theological Institute in Bozeman, MT; General coordinator for The Gospel and Our Culture Network in North America. âProgressive Evangelical Theology: Nature, Promise, and Prospectsâ. Numerous indicators suggest that evangelical theology is in the midst of transition and ferment as old paradigms are challenged and new ones are being formed. This lecture will explore the nature, promise, and prospects for a progressive evangelical theological paradigm that is centered on Jesus Christ and the Good News of God's love for the world; characterized by a missional and ecumenical posture; and committed to postmodern, postcolonial, and postpartisan forms of contemporary theological expression.
September 20 : Michael Thomas, EU Assistant Professor in Psychology âHe Loves Me, He Loves Me not: Toward Understanding the Long Road from Head Knowledge to Heart Experience of Godâs Loveâ. Many Christians experience a significant discrepancy between their belief about God (loving, caring, forgiving, merciful, etc) and their emotional and functional experience of God (overly harsh, distant, critical, etc). This is often thought of as the difference between âhead knowledgeâ and âheart knowledgeâ. Dr. Thomas will discuss research that offers insight into how this discrepancy may come about, important treatment studies, and implications for church leaders and parents in more effectively communicating the gospel of Godâs love.
September 27 *: John Alston, Founder and director of Chester Childrenâs Chorus, and founder and vice-president of The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts. âIs Chester Possible?â Dr. Alston will talk about the effects of poverty and violence on the children of Chester, and the possibility of the cityâs revitalization through excellence in arts and education. He is the founder of Chester Childrenâs Chorus and the Chester Charter School for the Arts.
October 4: Christopher Hall, EU Distinguished Professor of Theology and Director of Academic Spiritual Formation. âCreedal Hermeneutics: How the Ancient Creeds can Help us Read the Bible Well". We will explore how key creeds of the church, such as the Nicene Creed, can actually serve as guides to reading the Old and New Testament well. For instance, if the scripture speaks of Jesus as both being divine and human, how can we make sense of such a mystery? The creeds can surely help us.
October 11: Blue Lemay, EU Assistant Professor of English. âJean-Luc Marion and the Resurrectionâ. In Luke 24:3-35 the disciples on the road to Emmaus did not see the resurrected Jesus because âtheir eyes were kept from recognizing him.â Why were their eyes kept from seeing him? In his painting The Supper at Emmaus, Caravaggio depicted the moment when the disciples finally recognized Jesus, and âtheir eyes were opened.â See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Caravaggio.emmaus.750pix.jpg What happened to their perception in order to enable them to see? To consider these questions, Dr. Lemay will acquaint us with Jean-Luc Marion, a contemporary phenomenologist, who studies the structures of human consciousness. Marion has introduced the controversial notion of âsaturated phenomenaâ into philosophy, a notion which might help us understand why our own eyes are often kept from seeing. By providing a brief summary of Marionâs phenomenology, Dr. Lemay will analyze Caravaggioâs painting and discuss how we can perceive the resurrection of Jesus from a new perspective.
October 25 *: Lisa Thompson, Director of Anti-Trafficking, World Hope International (www.worldhope.org) "Abolition's Revival: Three Centuries of Christian Responses to Prostitution and Sexual Trafficking." During the course of the past decade the Church has increasingly become aware of the issues of sex trafficking and modern-day slavery. As a consequence, many Church and parachurch ministries have sprung up seeking to meet the needs of victims. While this is a positive development, many people involved in anti-trafficking ministries remain uninformed about the rich legacy of Christian, anti-sex trafficking champions who lived and worked centuries before. Thus, this presentation will review the work of three Christian women of the 19th and early 20th Centuries who spearheaded great efforts on behalf of women and children caught up in the commercial sex industry. You'll be inspired by their lives and examples--examples that can and should guide our modern Abolitionist efforts.
November 1 *: WILL BE HELD IN THE ST. DAVIDS GYM. Mike Yankoski, author of Under the Overpass: a Journey of Faith on the Streets of America (see http://www.amazon.com/Under-Overpass-Journey-Streets-America/dp/1590524020). âJustice, Righteousness and PeaceâA View from Under the Overpassâ. Michael Yankoski spent five months living on the streets of six different American cities. He has also served on the board of directors at World Vision, one of the largest Christian humanitarian organizations in the world. Weaving together these vastly different experiences in an engaging narrative, Michael will explore the interwoven Biblical notions of justice, righteousness and peace, and suggest ways we might seek to joyfully participate in the coming âKingdom of Godâ.
November 8 *: Lisa Graham McMinn, sociologist, farmer, and Writer in Residence at George Fox University, Oregon. âJust Food One Bite at a Time: How A Global Food Movement Offers Hope for Healing the Planet." Dr. McMinn will speak about food justice and local food movements that emerged in response to climate change and ecosystems in decline. The global movement is made up of Hindu seed-savers, Muslims planting trees in Africa, and Christians inspired by a Creation Care understanding of stewardship. Far away neighbors and neighbors next door are affecting policies, politics, and personal choices about food.
November 15 *: HAHA (Hunger and Homelessness Awareness) WEEK: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Director, School for Conversion, EU Alum â03. âStrangers at My Doorâ. Jesus said, âI was a stranger and you welcomed me.â But we often set up walls of protection in our daily lives that keep us from interaction with the unknown. For the past ten years, Jonathan and his family have lived in a hospitality house that welcomes the hungry, the homeless, and folks coming from prison. Jonathan will share stories about the laughter, pain, and redemption that is possible when we open our lives to the stranger. http://www.eastern.edu/node/1343
November 22: Jo Saba, EU Lecturer in Psychology and Internship Coordinator. "Transcending the Mirage of the Quest for Autonomy." The high prevalence of depression and other psychological illnesses in the West are in part the results of valuing independenceâpursuing self-reliance and self-sufficiencyâleaving us secretively battling loneliness, parched for relational intimacy within an alarming inner sense of social isolation to which we have grown accustomed. Is our veneration of independence antagonistic to a healthy Christian faithâs view of the Divine and of humanity? Have we misidentified being well adjusted with an autonomous existence that goes against our innate design? Let us ponder together how some of the deep mysteries of our faith can shape the trajectory for our daily lives in the heart of the world.
December 6: Music and Dance Departments. Easternâs Music and Dance Departments will lead us in expressing the joy of this holy season.