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Undergraduate students work, share, learn with peacebuilders from around the world at summer institute

This summer, four Eastern Mennonite University undergraduate students worked at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, spending six weeks acting as hosts and ambassadors for approximately 145 international visitors. They were often the first on campus to greet weary travelers arriving from the airport in the wee hours of the night, and they were int ...More

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Winifred Gray-Johnson and her father Wilfred share the EMU and Summer Peacebuilding Institute experience

Like most children, Winifred Gray-Johnson didn’t pay much attention to what her father did for a living. She knew he often traveled from their home in Monrovia, Liberia, to the United States. She knew he occasionally visited a place in Virginia called Eastern Mennonite University. But she never imagined her father’s participation in the 2009 Summ ...More

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Lassana Kanneh, a former child soldier in Liberia’s civil war, shares his story to help heal himself and others

Lassana Kanneh is healing. In 1999, along with more than 20,000 Liberian children, 11-year-old Lassana became a soldier. He was kidnapped and forced to use drugs and alcohol, destroy property, and kill in the Second Liberian Civil War from 1999 to 2003. Now, he seeks peace for himself and his community in Liberia – a long road that has taken him to journa ...More

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To the heart of Nepal’s political dialogue: young peacebuilder returns with new skills to greater responsibility in Kathmandu

Aspiring peacebuilder Sujan Rai arrived at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute a week late; she almost didn’t make it to Eastern Mennonite University at all. The delay: two massive earthquakes that hit her city of Kathmandu, Nepal in April. Rai and her family were among the lucky few who experienced no loss of life or property damage. St ...More

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Frontiers in peacebuilding: from Pakistan, the Philippines and Guatemala come stories of engaging with police and military

How can peacebuilders engage with the police and military in pursuing peace? And how can police and the military engage with peacebuilders? That was the topic of a luncheon presentation by experts from Pakistan, the Philippines and Guatemala at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) during the Summer Peacebuilding Institute. “Peace activists tend t ...More

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Victor Dogos, Chadian pastor, has dedicated his life to interfaith goodwill

Victor Dogos coordinates three interfaith peacebuilding workshops – one each for religious leaders, youth and women – in Chad every year, working with the financial and staff support from Mennonite Central Committee. This summer, he enrol ...More

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Counselor and STAR trainer from Uganda teaches positivity and resilience through experiential learning

Trauma is not just something one experiences during a war or conflict, but can occur in a job, relationship or everyday interaction, says 2015 Summer Peacebuilding Institute participant Shiphrah Mutungi, who is pursuing a graduate certificate in conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite Universi ...More

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Former NFL center and founder of First Fruits Farm led to life of service through agriculture

When former star NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing. “I don’t know anything about farming,” Brown said, during last week’s “Frontier Luncheon” at Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute. ...More

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Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr ‘roasted’ during the celebration of anniversary edition of ‘Changing Lenses’

The Renaissance Mennonite. A friendly service dog. A teddy bear. A creative prankster. Hot Rod Howie. Many names were tossed at Howard Zehr the night of May 23, as his writing career and restorative justice work were humorously honored with a “roast” at Eastern Mennonite University. While most retiring professors of Zehr’s ...More

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Stan Maclin, leader of the Harrisonburg chapter of Virginia Organizing, speaks to about 35 people attending a community vigil protesting police violence in Court Square on Saturday.
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Harrisonburg vigil protests deaths of young black men: ‘When something happens in my hometown…I carry it with me,’ says CJP student

About 35 people gathered in Court Square on Saturday [May 23, 2015]  for a vigil protesting the deaths of young black men that has made news in Baltimore, New York and other cities across the country over the last year. Jodie Geddes, a graduate student at Eastern Mennonite University who is attending the ...More