EMU Homepage

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

Subscribe to the EMU News feed
Leymah-610x370

EMU Alum Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) alumna Leymah Gbowee is one of three women jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Oct. 7. She shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Si ...More

STAR1

STAR e-Book Chronicles Trauma Healing Program

The tragedies of 9/11 sparked the development of a unique approach to trauma-healing at Eastern Mennonite University—an acclaimed series of trainings called Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), refined with the help of thousands of participants in the United States and internationally. The inspiring story of how STAR emerged in late 2001 to support traumatized religio ...More

Prayers of safety during the send-off of the Guatemala Cross-Cul

EMU Plans 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Commemoration

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) community will pause and reflect this week, along with the rest of the world, on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Sept. 11 brought devastating loss to thousands of people in New York City, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and around the world. It changed our worldview from “before 9/11″ to “after 9/1 ...More

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