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.
* LUNCHEON: 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. – 12:45 p.m. to extend the conversation over a meal. Sodexo offers a discounted meal rate of $6/person, payable at the door. Luncheon attendees should go through the Dining Commons line and bring their lunches back to Baird Library.
Friday, January 18*
Rev. Dr. Renee McKenzie, Vicar of Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia; Chaplain to Temple University
“The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life, According to Rev. Martin Luther King”
Rev. Dr. McKenzie will explore Rev. Martin Luther King’s Three Dimensions of a Complete Life with its focus upon the power of relationships to define who we are and the necessarily intertwining of our lives with the lives of others. All of this is underscored by a pre-original relationship with God that calls us to radical love and asymmetrical relationships. Through a womanist reflection, she will consider the socio-politico environment of this present time, when care for the other takes on special significance with the power to potentially lead us to become King’s Beloved Community.
Friday, January 25*
Dr. Isaam Smeir, National Clinical Consultant for World Relief specializing in trauma treatment for refugees, victims of torture and severely abused and neglected children;
Co-author of Seeking Refuge: On the shores of the Global Refugee Crisis
“Stop, Come Closer, and Act”: The Good Samaritan’s framework to love your different neighbor”
The Good Samaritan parable presents a framework to accept and love those who are different from us. Join us to learn about the personal journey that we all need to take individually to love our neighbors.
Friday, February 1*
IN COLLABORATION WITH CAMPOLO CENTER FOR MINISTRY
Reverend Cean R. James, Founder and Pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship, UCC. Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Development of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, UCC.
Modern American Christianity is as tribal as ever. The two big boxes into which most Americans try to fit, and sometimes force their faith, are “conservative” and “progressive.” Like any labels, these are both defining and restrictive. What might be possible if the church returned to the big tent philosophy of both/and, determined to be a church of Spirit and Truth?
Friday, February 8*
Ruth Naomi Floyd, Vocalist-Composer/Recording Artist, Director of Jazz Studies at Cairn University, Adjunct and Artist in Residence at Temple University
“Blues in the Garden”
How can we find beauty in the midst of trouble? How can we reach for beauty in time of darkness? What are the improvisational themes of justified rage, lament, hope and joy we can embrace while fighting for justice? Ruth Naomi Floyd explores the themes of searching and embracing beauty through the lens of theology and the blues.
Friday, February 15*
IN COLLABORATION WITH RED LETTER CHRISTIANS
Dr. Chris Haw, EU Alum 2003, Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Scranton
Why Love the Awful? … on Catholicism, Camden, and Crisis
Professor Haw spent ten years living in one of America's most violent and poor cities, Camden, NJ. There, he also became part of one of the most corrupt and most beautiful groups in the world, the Catholic Church, leaving behind "nondenominational"evangelicalism. In this talk, Haw connects the challenges between following Jesus, loving our broken world, and being part of an awful Church.
Friday, February 22*
Micky ScottBey Jones – aka the Justice Doula - accompanies people as they birth more love, justice and shalom into our world. Director of Resilience and Healing Initiatives at Faith Matters Network and Associate Fellow for Racial Justice with Evangelicals for Social Action.
“Who are Your People? Your Identity and Your Faith as Fuel for Change in the World”
We are in a time of profound social change and exhausting news cycles. Even when compelled to speak up and take action, we can be confused, overwhelmed and unsure of how the struggle justice and faith should relate to one another. We need to return to the deep wells of our faith to remember the ancestors, elders and teachings that show us how to show up for justice. We each need to connect to the stories of those who have marched, proposed policy, created parallel systems of freedom and developed theologies of liberation and love in the midst of systemic injustice. It is not just the faith and speeches of well known ministers like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King that hold the wisdom we need, it is the embodied faith, commitment and leadership of people like Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer and other faithful "hidden leaders" that provide us with wisdom for doing the work of birthing more love, justice and shalom into the world today.
Friday, March 1
SPONSORED BY THE OFFICE OF FAITH AND PRACTICE
Spring Recess Commissioning Service
Megan D. Acedo, M.Div., MSW, Coordinator of Student Ministries & Service Learning
This will be a formal commissioning of Eastern University students, faculty, coaches and staff who will spend their Spring Recess on Eastern-sponsored service trips (academic, athletic, missions).
Friday, March 15*
FAITH FORUM – REV. DR. CHARLES HOWARD, University of Pennsylvania
Rev. Dr. Charles Howard, University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania Reverend Howard (aka Chaz) will join us for Eastern’s annual Faith Forum. His overarching theme is “An Arresting Faith: Prayer, Worship, and The Spirituality of Activism.”
Friday, March 22*
INAUGURATION WINDOWS: IN COLLABORATION WITH CAMPOLO CENTER FOR MINISTRY
Amanda Tyler, J.D., Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, DC
“The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated Realities of the First Amendment Religion Clause”
The first 16 words of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protect religious liberty in a unique way that has served the country well, guarding against violent inter-religious conflict that has plagued –and continues to plague – many other parts of the globe. Yet both in the past and present, the United States has failed to live up to the Constitution’s ideals of freedom for all. In this lecture, Tyler will survey the history of how our Constitution protects religious freedom, exploring the contributions of colonial Baptists to its language, and discuss some of its shortcomings as interpreted and applied by the U.S. Supreme Court. She will highlight some of the most complicated and nuanced areas of concern for religious liberty today, including what we even mean we say "religious freedom.”
Friday, March 29*
Dr. JOHN SEEL, Evangelicals for Social Action, consultant, writer, cultural analyist, and cultural renewal entrepreneur.
“LISTEN TO THE CRAZY ONES: Why the Church Must Defer to Young People”
It is too easy to put millennials down. It is too easy to assume the rightness of the status quo. These attitudes will doom the church. It is critical that the voices and perspectives of young people be taken seriously.
John Seel is a national champion of these younger voices. He is the author of The New Copernicans: Millennials and the Survival of the Church. He argues that the perspective of young people on religion, reality, and relationships is not only different but better. His goal is to warn his older peers to get out of the way and empower young people as they move into positions of national influence.
Friday, April 5*
INTERFAITH CONVERSATION – The Chamberlain Interfaith Fellowship
The Chamberlain Interfaith Fellowship is a Jewish-Christian interfaith experience in honor of the late Dr. Ted Chamberlain, who served as the Vice President for Student Development for nearly 30 years. EU Chaplain Joseph Modica will host an informed dialogue with our Jewish friends from Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA) during their annual visit to Eastern University.
Friday, April 12*
IN COLLABORATION WITH RED LETTER CHRISTIANS
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Eastern Alum, Class of 2003, Director of School for Conversion
“Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion”
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove grew up in the Bible Belt in the American South as a faithful church-going Christian. As a young recruit to the culture wars, he wanted to stand up for God and morality in public life. But he gradually came to realize that the gospel his Christianity proclaimed was not good news for everybody. As white evangelicals grapple with the resurgence of white nationalism in American politics, Jonathan shares his experience of learning how slaveholder religion distorted the gospel in America, and what we can learn from the freedom church that has always opposed slavery and injustice. Join us for a conversation about what it means for all of us to get free from slaveholder religion.
Friday, April 26*
IN COLLABORATION WITH CAMPOLO CENTER FOR MINISTRY
Rev. Dr. George Mason, Pastor/Theologian at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas
“Christians without Borders: Toward a Trespassing Church”
In a time when the world lauds groups like Doctors without Borders, which goes everywhere and anywhere to bring lifesaving treatment and bear witness to human atrocities, we hear too many Christians these days defending the borders of nation-states and remaining silent about political cruelty, economic injustice and religious discrimination. Some Evangelical Christians defend the principles of the modern nation-state, along with hallmarks of it such as nationalism, militarism and capitalism, as if these carry biblical authority. The consequences in human misery are seen on the southern border of the US, the intractable stalemate in the Holy Land, and the sweatshops of southeast Asia, to name but a few. Naming idolatry is the first step in repentance, but the fruits of repentance will be seen in renewed commitment to a kind of spiritual transnationalism that at the same time honors diverse cultures and promotes full human dignity and flourishing in the name of Jesus.
* LUNCHEON: An asterisk after dates above 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. – 12:45 p.m. to extend the conversation over a meal. Sodexo offers a discounted meal rate of $5/person, payable at the door. Luncheon attendees should go through the Dining Commons line and bring their lunches back to Baird Library.