Core values at EMU

EMU’s core values prepare undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs students to serve and lead in a global context for the common good.

Service to Others

Students serve others through spring break service trips and community and campus volunteer opportunities, like local stream clean-up effort. pictured right

Graduates take the love of service into careers in education, social services, health care, ministry, business leadership, and many other fields. Outside of their paid professions, our graduates and students are key players in their churches and communities.

Social Justice

Creating a just world is top of mind for many students who are challenged to reflect on the inequities in our world in class, by guest speakers and special events. Cross cultural study pushes students to engage with issues of global and local significance.

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Christian Discipleship

Opportunities for Christian discipleship and faith formation are woven into the curriculum and student life. We’re all journeying together – though we may take different paths – toward deepening our faith. Graduates report that their faith was nurtured in courses and through personal engagement with faculty, staff and other students during their college career.

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The Christian tradition (Anabaptist-Mennonite) on which EMU was founded is respected worldwide for bringing people together to solve conflicts with words, rather than weapons. It’s not easy, but it’s core to who we are. Peacemaking, conflict transformation, and restorative justice are guiding principles inside the classroom, in student life and across the campus community.

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Sustainability and Stewardship

EMU was practicing sustainability long before “green” became trendy.
Sustainability is considered in the small things like:

  • energy efficient buildings
  • our solar array on the Hartzler Library roof
  • our campus gardens which provide produce for the dining hall and students

Stewardship and sustainability are also included across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to think about how communities, organizations and individuals make choices to serve the common good.

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EMU is a Christian university, rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. About a third of undergraduate students come from a Mennonite or Anabaptist background; a much smaller percentage of graduate students have connections to Mennonite congregations. All faith traditions are welcome!

Mennonites and EMU University Mission Statement