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Colorado man chooses forgiveness

EMU Seminar Helped Works Rebuild Life By Tom Mitchell, Daily News-Record David Works speaks in university chapel Friday, Sept. 18, on his decision not to pursue revenge for his daughters’ murders but to work toward re ...More

David Works shares story of restoration after daughters’ murders

Author David Works will tell the story of his daughters’ murders and his decision to choose a restorative response to that tragedy. Works is a guest of EMU and will speak multiple times Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13 and again during EMU’s university chapel on Friday, Sept. 18. Works and his wife Marie suffered the ultimate loss when their daughters – 18-year-ol ...More

Drawing Trees: reflections on STAR 2009

This week I participated in STAR, or Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience, a workshop offered by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). I was familiar with STAR, and I was eager to learn more about trauma and its physical, emotional, and spiritual effects and its linkages to violence. ...More

Three faith traditions come together in peace camp in June

Finding common ground in several faith expressions of peace and the phrase, “one tree, many branches,” are the primary focus of a five-day Interfaith Peace Camp program to be held June 22 -26 on the EMU campus. Members from The Islamic Association of Shenandoah Valley, Beth El Congregation, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Valley Friends Meeting, Park View Mennonite Church and ...More

EMU ‘Prayer Basket’ Heading to Russia

Brenda Fairweather wanted to respond in some way to a hostage crisis in Russia in which more than 300 civilians eventually lost their lives. On Sept. 1, 2004, terrorists linked to the Chechen independence struggle took more than 1,200 people hostage in a school in the town of Beslan. Shootings and bombings on the fina ...More

EMU Offering ‘Leadership’ Seminars in New Year

The seminars run from January 25 to April 25. Learn more… EMU is offering a series of seven seminars designed to help persons sharpen their leadership and conflict management skills. EMU̵ ...More

Redeeming the Power, Redeeming Ourselves

Peace building experiments at West Point and the grocery store By Lisa Schirch for The Mennonite Lisa Schirch is a professor of peacebuilding and program director of the 3D Security Initiative ...More

Trauma Seminars Help 9/11 Survivors

A post-9/11 program to help survivors of trauma has enabled some 7,000 people to discover sources of resilience in the aftermath of attacks of all kinds over the last six years. “When personal trauma is not healed, aggression and increased violence may be the result,” says Virginia Foley, the widow of a U.S. government official who was assassinated in Jordan in 2002. ̶ ...More

Peacebuilder Magazine

Read the summer edition of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s official magazine. This issue focuses on change and transition. Read more… ...More

‘Hope For Peace Day’ Shares Vision

May 19 at EMU was set aside for hope. Nearly 200 people celebrated “Hope for Peace Day,” which brought 125 to campus to join Summer Peacebuilding Institute learners in Saturday workshops, forums, storytelling, youth activities, music, dance and fellowship — organized by the Center for Jus ...More