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EMU Prof Pauses Dialogue With Military To Do Art

One might reasonably expect Lisa Schirch, a research professor with EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), to believe that the best the American military can do in Afghanistan is simply get out of Afghans’ way as they rebuild their country. That American military and diplomatic l ...More

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Alum Discusses Intervention and “When to Step Up”

Emily Benner took a step toward the noisy group of men on the train, just as one began to unbuckle his pants. “Hi! Can I sit down?” she recalls asking after a few tense moments. Her audience, a D.C. Metro car full of passengers, was rapt. Benner — unassuming in stature, in her mid-20s with naturally blonde hair and an Ea ...More

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Surprise! Kenyan Women’s Leader and Soldier Reconnect at EMU

Amina Hassan and Samson Sorobit looked at one another across the room at Park View Mennonite Church with a mixture of surprise and recognition. Could it really be? In 2008, the two had worked together for several months to resolve an armed conflict between rival clans in Mandera, a region in extreme northeastern Kenya along the Somali and Ethiopian ...More

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First Women’s Peace Leadership Program at EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Little more than six months after alumna Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) has hosted its first participants in a program designed to train more women for leadership roles in peacebuilding. The first group of students in the ...More

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Liberian Seeks Peace Skills at EMU After War Rips Up His Family

Togar Tarpeh had hardly started school when, in 1989, the civil war in Liberia reached the capital, Monrovia. His family fled the city before he’d finished second grade, and they didn’t know when they’d return. Because Liberia’s educational system fell apart during the war, Tarpeh spent the rest of what should have been his elementary years working in cassava fields and rice patt ...More

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Iraqi Returns For Grad Degree After 8-Year Absence

In the eight years since first attending the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University, Ala Ali, an Iraqi-Kurdish civil society activist and peacebuilder, has put the lessons she learned then to extensive practical use. Now the program development manager for the Iraqi Al-Amal Association, a development, human rights an ...More

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27 Nationalities at Summer Peace Institute

On the week that Bill Goldberg welcomed 67 people from 27 countries to the first session of the 2012 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI), he pondered the changes he has seen since his arrival at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) 14 years ago. “Probably 80 percent of the people wh ...More

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Mennonite Colleges Collaborate for IEP Students

Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) announced a new three-year agreement among all five colleges/universities of Mennonite Church USA that will facilitate the success of undergraduate international students. Bethel (Kan.) College, ...More

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Students Test Their Gifts in Ministry Inquiry Program

A group of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) students will begin summer internships with congregations throughout the U.S. as part of Mennonite Church USA‘s Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP). Funded in part by Mennonite Church USA, the MIP gives students ...More

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STEP Looks to Expand

The Study and Training for Effective Pastoral Ministry (STEP) program looks to grow in 2012 with the formation of two new cohorts of students simultaneously in Philadelphia, Pa. and Lancaster, Pa. for the fall semester. “Starting two cohorts of STEP students in one year signals another adventure for us,” remarked ...More