In a new approach to promoting peaceful communities, graduate students at Eastern Mennonite University are leading conversation around an award-winning documentary about people who collaborated to paint massive murals in Philadelphia.
A unique twist to the documentary, Concrete, Steel and Paint, is that the painters include men incarcerated in a maximum-security prison as well as ...More
During a recent lecture at Eastern Mennonite University, James Coan, PhD, demonstrated why his work has been widely featured in both the academic and popular presses. Coan, associate professor of clinical psychology and director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Virginia, struc ...More
Everence is a rarity in the financial world. It is the only full-service financial institution founded by one of the historic peace churches, and it continues to be a ministry of Mennonite Church USA and kindred churches.
Founded nearly 70 years ago as Mennonite Mutual Aid, the company initially offered loans to conscientious objectors who worked as Civilian Publi ...More
Managed chaos. That’s how Rachel Gerber [MDiv '05] describes parenting three young sons.
Herald Press has recently published the Eastern Mennonite Seminary alumna’s first book, a devotional memoir, Ordinary Miracles: Awakening to t ...More
Among the 150 alumni contacted for this Crossroads, this note was struck often: the importance of the integrity of the individual financial expert and, by extension, the company represented by that person.
Most interviewees seemed to feel they had secured the right work situation for their skill set and ethical values. But they didn’t always arrive at this point immediately upon ...More
Hundreds of volunteers, many of them EMU alumni, are the backbone of four alumni-run, nonprofit charitable enterprises in Harrisonburg that funnel funds toward worldwide poverty alleviation, relief and development efforts.
Gift Thrift, and its used-book enterprise, Booksavers of Virginia, and adjacent Artisans’ Hope gift shop (all three in a small shopping strip an eas ...More
Business and organizational personnel who want to develop their leadership skills, enhance productivity, and increase profits while contributing to the “common good” now have the chance to enroll in an MBA program that is like no other.
Three institutions affiliated with the Mennonite Education Agency ...More
J. Daryl Byler’s 11th trip to Iran marks the culmination of nearly a quarter-century of bridge-building efforts between North American Mennonites and Iranians.
Byler, who is executive director of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), last visited Iran in 2009, before Iran severely restricted visas for visitors from the United States and Canada for an extended period.
Consider a few statistics: In 1990, just 2.4% of Harrisonburg’s population was foreign born. That figure rose substantially over the following decade to 9.2%, and now sits, per the latest Census Bureau estimate, at 14.1%.
Or, to put that in more real-to-life terms, there are now more than 7,000 immigrants living in Harrisonburg – plus another 3,500 or so in Rockingham County – many ...More
In the first decades of the 20th century, simultaneous efforts arose with the Virginia Mennonite Conference to establish institutions that might sit like bookends at either end of our lives: a school and home for the elderly. The first bit came together relatively quickly, with the school we now know as EMU admitting its first students in 1917.
Progress was considerably slower on the ret ...More