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CJP leader Daryl Byler nurtures Iran-EMU relationship

J. Daryl Byler’s 11th trip to Iran marks the culmination of nearly a quarter-century of bridge-building efforts between North American Mennonites and Iranians. Byler, who is executive director of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), last visited Iran in 2009, before Iran severely restricted visas for visitors from the United States and Canada for an extended period. ...More

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It’s their home – helping inmates live outside walls

The twisting corridors and ad-hoc floor plan suggest a history of repeated additions and expansions to the Gemeinschaft Home, which once again is bursting at the seams. In late 2013, a closet-building campaign was launched to ensure the growing number of residents of the home – which helps former inmates find work and provides various therapeutic services as they transition to life out ...More

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First mediation center in state

Harrisonburg’s Fairfield Center– known for most of its 32-year history as the Community Mediation Center – has a long record of leadership in promoting and practicing creative problem-solving in Virginia. Founded as an alternative to the court system for mediating disputes in the community, the Fairfield Center (the name used throughout this story for consistency’s sake) took its first ...More

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Restorative justice and talking circles: JMU embraces EMU’s teachings

Not long after he’d come out of the closet, Mark was at a party with his friends. At some point that evening, a group of guys approached Mark and told him they suspected their roommate, Joe, was also gay. They asked if Mark would be willing to talk with Joe about this. 1 Mark thought it was an odd request, but he went upstairs and found Joe in his room. “Your roo ...More

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EMU, MCC leaders nurture warm relationship with Islamic scholars in Iran

J. Daryl Byler’s 11th trip to Iran marks the culmination of nearly a quarter-century of bridge-building efforts between North American Mennonites and Iranians. Byler, who is executive director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University, la ...More

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STAR breaks cycles of trauma

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) emerged from the ashes of Sept. 11, when hundreds of millions of people were grieving over the deaths and destruction caused by hijacked airplanes flying into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. To mark STAR’s 10th anniversary, founding director Carolyn E. Yoder ’72 coll ...More

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Ten CJP-educated Afghan peacebuilders

Simin Wahdat is the tenth Afghan-born person – four being women – to enroll as a graduate student in EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). Five of these 10 Afghans belong to an extend ...More

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From enduring bombs in search of food in Kabul to joining Laura Bush in D.C.

For the first eight years of her life, Simin Wahdat, 31, was oblivious to the deep fault lines of history that ran through her childhood city of Kabul, Afghanistan. Kabul, praised in the ancient sacred texts of the Rigveda as “a vision of paradise set in the mountains.” On the Silk Road linking east and west from time beyond counting. Alexander the Great mar ...More

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Palestinian Christian tries to bridge divides separating Christian, Jewish and Muslim neighbors

Salim Munayer is a citizen of a small nation that casts a giant shadow on the world stage. Small enough to fit four within the borders of Virginia, the modern state of Israel is a land of deep history and intractable conflict. Munayer’s mosaic of identities gave his four presentations at EMU, Feb. 20-21, the ring of authenticity. Palestinian. Christian. Arab. From a family whose lands ...More

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Life Changed as Prisoner of Israel

The weeks that Nathan Musselman ’00 spent in Palestine in 1998 during his cross-cultural to the Middle East, observing, experiencing and learning from people living under Israeli military occupation, made a tremendous impression on him. “It was an extremely emotional time,” recalled Musselman in a 2012 interview. He wa ...More