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Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Palestinian physician and peace activist, brings message of hope and justice to EMU

In his book, I Shall Not Hate, Izzeldin Abuelaish traces his journey from an impoverished childhood in the Gaza Strip to medical school in Egypt and eventually, in face of enormous barriers, to become the first Palestinian doctor on the staff of an Israeli hospital. The book also describes his commitment to peacebuilding in Gaza, Israel and beyond – a commitment that was improbably d ...More

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A ‘Royals’ following: Siblings find EMU the right place to thrive and grow

Dig a bit into the student population of this “Christian university like no other” and you’ll find about 100 who are sharing their campus experience with siblings. Basketball players, religious studies majors, Iraqi STEM students, and missionary kids are among the siblings who have chosen to attend Eastern Mennonite University together. Some commute from nearby homes; some crossed ...More

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Playwright and actor Ted Swartz brings music, comedy and storytelling to conversation about sexuality, faith and family

Three is a magic number, says veteran actor and playwright Ted Swartz. “That’s true in baseball, theater and comedy,” he says. “I generally listen when things come in threes.” The adage has served him well for more than 20 years, as Swartz ’89, M.Div ’92, has engaged with the unlikely trio of theology, comedy and issues of faith. First with Lee Eshleman ’86 in Ted ...More

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Wildlife Federation backs interdisciplinary work – science, digital media, peacebuilding – on stream restoration

A $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation will give science, peacebuilding and digital media students at Eastern Mennonite University opportunity to work together on a stream restoration project in a rural co ...More

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Prominent Palestinian physician and peace activist to visit EMU, Nov. 4-5

Late one January afternoon in 2009, during a three-week war between the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip, two tank shells crashed through the bedroom wall of a Palestinian home in Jabalia City where Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish lived with his family. Three of his daughters between the ages of 13 and 21 were killed instantly, along with a 17-year-old niece. Abu ...More

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Medicine should promote flourishing, not just getting rid of symptoms, says integrative medicine expert

The purpose of medicine is to remove disease, or at least the symptoms of disease. Right? Not according to David Mercier, who currently works as an acupuncture therapist. He claims that medicine should promote more than healing. He advocates that patients should work with their doctors and therapists to pursue flourishing. In a Suter S ...More

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Seminary spiritual life week explores being passionate for Christ

“We have forgotten our own passion for Christ and we have failed to show others that we are impassioned,” Emily Peck-McClain told participants at Eastern Mennonite Seminary‘s Spiritual Life Week in Harrisonburg, Va. “Youth are passionate ...More

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South Sudanese trainings under USAID highlight importance of trauma awareness, resilience, in conflict zones

Nearly 100 people in South Sudan, all employees of the U.S. government, recently benefited from intensive trauma awareness and resilience trainings facilitated by Eastern Mennonite University. The USAID-sponsored workshops in July and August introduced the approaches used by EMU’s Strategies for Traum ...More

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One of first grads with MA in biomedicine savored whole-person approach, emphasis on faith and ethics

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Counseling professor explains how alopecia areata led to her baldness and, more importantly, to embracing impermanence

Four years ago, Chereè Hammond joined the faculty in the master’s in counseling program at Eastern Mennonite University. Shortly after beginning the semester – it was a Wednesday, she remembers – she shaved her head. She was tired of combing out clumps, of seeing precious strands between her fingers when she casual ...More