Eastern Mennonite University

On Building Bridges to Iran

EMU believes that active but respectful engagement with the people of Iran, including its political leaders, represents the best hope of achieving peace and security in the United States, Iran and the rest of the world. It is a "third way" - neither angry confrontation nor unquestioning assent.

We have distinctive views, based on our Anabaptist-Christian faith, and we express our views clearly. But we do so in the spirit of transforming conflict rather than pouring fuel onto it. And we do so with the knowledge and humble admission that we, too, are fallible and live within fallible nations.

The articles and links on this page offer additional information about EMU's contacts with Iran.

The Path of Respectful Engagement: Summer Peacebuilding Institute director Pat Martin

Summer Peacebuilding Institute director Pat Martin's essay on meeting with the so-called enemy, the president of Iran:

Recent grads visit Iran in May 2007 speak on human rights:

On an April 5, 2007, visit to EMU by an Iranian human rights scholar:

On the history of Mennonite (including EMU) contacts with Muslims:

EMU Professor Dan Wessner's colloboration with Vietnamese students; explains that the Iranian contingent of students was added in the spring of 2005:

EMU Professor Dan Wessner on "addressing fundamnentalism by legal and spiritual means":

EMU seminary professor N. Gerald Shenk in Iran:

EMU seminary professor N. Gerald Shenk, EMU alumnus David W. Shenk and former EMU professor Thomas N. Finger in Iran:

EMU alumnus David W. Shenk in Iran:

Anabaptists Meeting Muslim book, a book edited by EMU seminary professor Linford Stutzman (along with two others), overview:

Review of Anabaptists Meeting Muslims: