Welcome!

The diverse Christian community at James Madison University welcomes you. The James Madison Christian Faculty Fellowship is a group of Christian faculty and staff members at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

For fall of 2016, we will be having called meetings only, rather than a “First Fridays” schedule as in some semesters past. If you would like to get on a list to receive reminders, send a message to the webmaster.

November 4: Election sharing for our faith community

On November 4 at 12 noon in Conference Room 5, Festival, we’ll have a time for reflection and sharing on this year’s Presidential election. You may go through the line at Festival and bring a tray down, or brown-bag, at your option. There will be no speeches or presentations, just sharing around the table about the implications of our faith for our participation in this election. (Personal note: I know a number of us are undecided about this year’s election and would sincerely like to hear others’ perspectives — but not campaign speeches.) Plan on joining us, whether you plan to speak up or just listen!

(Note about arrangements: No one answered the call this fall to serve as Program Chair and there were a number of time conflicts, so there was not a regular First Fridays series. Lunch will be “Dutch treat” for this election forum, but we do still have funding available for spring 2017 to pick up lunch charges, if we can put together a monthly program. Thanks to all who have served in the past! . . . and let me know if you’re inclined to put together the program for spring.)

April 1: Parachurch and Local Church

Our “Christian Conversations” series continues April 1 at noon at Bella Luna, 80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg. We’ll be hearing from Chris Luhrman from Cru. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, lunch is complimentary. No RSVP is needed; just come if you can. We have refined the originally announced tentative topic. Chris will lead a discussion on Parachurch (e.g. – campus ministries) and the Local Church, noting that students sometimes have difficulty “choosing” or navigating their time between the two.  “I’ve seen this being an issue of significant stress particularly with busy Christian students,” Chris reports. Come and join us!

 

March 4: AVA Care

Our “Christian Conversations” series continues March 4 at noon at Bella Luna, 80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg. We’ll be hearing from Susan Null, executive director of AVA Care of Harrisonburg. AVA Care is a medical non-profit that provides education, help, and hope to those facing undesired pregnancies. (The “AVA” comes from this part of the organization’s mission statement: “We advocate for our clients, validate their concerns, and provide answers to their questions.”) Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, lunch is complimentary. No RSVP is needed; just come if you can.

February 5: Young Life update

Our First Friday meetings resume on February 5, as we meet at noon at Bella Luna (80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg) for our “Christian Conversations” series. The spring theme is “Student Connections.” We’ll be hearing first from Pete Hardesty of Young Life. Other meetings are set for:

March 4
April 1

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, lunch is complimentary. No RSVP is needed; just come if you can.

December 4: Criminal Justice Reform

On Friday, December 4 at noon, we will conclude our fall series of “Christian Conversations” with a discussion on criminal justice reform. Our guest is Harvey Yoder, who has been working for years in this public policy area. Harvey has a seminary degree as well as a master’s degree in counseling, and since 1988 has been a marriage and family counselor and pastor of a local house church. We’ll get started at 12 noon at Bella Luna, 80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg. Lunch is complimentary for all members of the fellowship and their guests, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. No RSVP is necessary; just come if you can.

November 6: The Free Clinic

On Friday, November 6 at noon, we will continue our series, “Christian Conversations,” with  a discussion on health care for those of limited means. Our guest is Keith Gnagey, executive director of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic. We’ll get started at 12 noon at Bella Luna, 80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg. Lunch is complimentary for all members of the fellowship and their guests, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. No RSVP is necessary; just come if you can. Update: Keith has agreed to take us on a brief walking tour of the clinic right after our meeting. It’s right down the street and we thought it would be great to take advantage of the proximity.

October 2: Faith in Action

The next Christian Conversation in our fall series is set for Friday, October 12 at noon, when our discussion starters are from Faith in Action, a coalition of congregations working together to effect systemic change in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community. You can find out more at the group’s website: http://www.harrisonburgfaithinaction.org/. We’ll get started at 12 noon at Bella Luna, 80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg. Lunch is complimentary for all members of the fellowship and their guests, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. No RSVP is necessary; just come if you can.

September 4: “Food Insecurity”

Our first meeting of the fall is set for September 4, when we’ll be having a Christian conversation on “Food Security and the Least Among Us,” starting at 12 noon at Bella Luna, 80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg. Our guest is Todd Lilley, senior pastor of Mount Olivet UB Church and director of development at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Lunch is complimentary, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. No RSVP is necessary; just come if you can.