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Special Event to Spotlight SPI at EMU

An Eastern Mennonite University program that has gained a wide reputation for training persons for global peacemaking may be lesser known right in its own back yard. “Hope for Peace Day,” a day-long event aimed at providing firsthand exposure to the multi-pronged Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) program – especially it ...More

STAR Trauma Program Fills Niche In New Orleans

Kelly Jasper, Daily News-Record The kids here, they’ve all lost something. “I have an 8-year-old referred to me for depression, anxiety, not sleeping and not eating,” says Nanette Katz, a psychotherapist in New Orleans. This boy’s home, she explained, was swept away like everything else in the 9th Ward. What’s more, she says, “ ...More

International Trauma Expert Joins STAR Efforts

Carolyn H. Heggen, a trauma expert with world credentials, has come to work for Strategies in Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) at Eastern Mennonite University. As co-leader of STAR Feb. 12 to 16, Heggen will bring her experience with people traumatized by natural and humanmade disasters in Pakistan, Nepal, and India, as well as with tra ...More

Healing the Pain of Trauma

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Iraqi Peace Worker Killed

An Iraqi-Muslim advocate for peace and reconciliation, who received support from Christian organizations for his work in trauma-healing, has been killed. Dr. Alharith Abdulhameed Hassan, 56-year-old professor of psychiatry at the University of Baghdad, was shot while traveling to work on Dec. 6, according to an e-mail sent in mid-January by his bereaved widow, Maysa Hussam Jaber, to f ...More

Renowned Trauma Expert to Speak

September 11. Say no more, and horrific images of that day five years ago immediately spring to mind. How do people process such violent acts, whether victims themselves or onlookers from a distance? Kaethe Weingarten, a renowned trauma expert, psychologist and Harvard Medical School faculty member, will give several presentations on the theme, “A Compassionate Response ...More

Ex-EMU Profs Wait To Get Out

by Brad Jenkins, Daily News-Record Humanitarians with ties to Harrisonburg are among the thousands of Americans being evacuated from Lebanon as Israel and the militant Islamic group Hezbollah trade attacks in the region. It is still unclear when the U.S. military will evacuate Ken and Kathryn Seitz, a husband-and-wife team stationed in Lebanon with ...More

Genocide Survivors Change Lives Through EMU Program

By Heather Bowser, Daily News-Record Not all treasures are locked away in banks or buried in chests beneath the ocean. Last week, one classroom on Eastern Mennonite University ...More

STAR Program Expands to Serve Youth

L. to r.: Lou Furman from New Orleans, Ebun Abeni James of Sierra Leone, Tamara Maslovaric from Serbia and Jeff Mansfield ...More

EMU Hosts Concern Group for Military Vets

Carolyn Yoder (l.), STAR director, facilitates a small group discussion at the military veterans roundtable. Photo by Jim Bishop Ten adults were given clay, blocks and pipe-cleaners. During a M ...More