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Kenyan group begins Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program at EMU

Among the 200 people studying at the 2014 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) are eight Kenyan women in the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP). Ranging in age from 23 to 51, the women come from across Kenya and work for a variety of NGOs or in academia. Now in its third year, ...More

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Seminary pioneers link between business, non-profit leadership, and ministry with dual degree program

Seminary is not just for pastors any more. Eastern Mennonite Seminary has recently added a new master of divinity and master of business administration dual degree for those who feel called to ministry that may involve business or ...More

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Volunteers discover power of playback theater to shift painful stories toward path of healing

When volunteers were solicited, nobody immediately stepped forward. It was a tough request: tell a painful personal story before an audience of maybe 40, many of them strangers to each other, and watch seven people trained in playback theater re-tell it through an impromptu performance. Yet Muhammad Afdillah—a visiting scholar with Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More

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Iranian-Islamic women scholars embrace model of interactive teaching at Summer Peacebuilding Institute

For two women from an Islamic seminary in Iran, one of the best parts about attending the 2014 Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University is experiencing an interactive style of teaching, where lengthy lectures are rare and role-playing is common. ...More

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One of first to graduate with MA in biomedicine: ‘everything and more’ than expected

Two years ago, after earning an undergraduate biology degree from the University of Mary Washington, Qaiser Ahmed was looking for a graduate program that could give him extra preparation before pursuing his ambition to become a dentist. At the same time, Eastern Mennonite University was preparing to launch a new MA in biomedicine program designed prec ...More

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Eastern Mennonite University launches nation’s first graduate program in Restorative Justice in Education

Long a pioneer in the field of restorative justice, Eastern Mennonite University will become the first in the country to offer restorative justice programs housed within a graduate education program. Beginning this fall, students in the MA in Education program will be able to pursue an in ...More

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The Summer Peacebuilding Institute draws widely diverse people to “sit and talk outside of the conflict zone”

What started in the mid-1990s as a series of lunches where those working in the peacebuilding field could exchange ideas on theories and practice has grown into a world-renowned institute for peacebuilding and development professionals, without losing its emphasis on relationship building. The annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) now consists of fo ...More

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Well-known scholar leads group of Iranian women from their Islamic seminary to the Summer Peacebuilding Institute

“When you can joyfully sit and eat together,meaningfully pray together, and feel at home and close to God in one another’s holy sites, then surely you have really become intimate friends.” —Dr. Mohammad Shomali, Afterword, 5th Catholic Shi’a Dialogue As the first session of Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More

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Adult-onset blindness has not stopped Shirley Steward-Jones from pursuing a master’s in counseling

Shirley Steward-Jones walks up the driveway outside of her college residence, accompanied by the tapping of her cane, her writing tutor Anna Maria Johnson, and her own hearty laughter. Steward-Jones is in the middle of a story, when she is interrupted by Johnson, who alerts her to the presence of a truck in the driveway. Steward-Jones shakes her head, steps into the grass, and expertly maneuver ...More

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Seminary graduates head to diverse ministries, from Methodist pastorates to counseling

“This is a beginning disguised as an ending,” Jon Swartz told his classmates at Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s baccalaureate worship service. Swartz and 16 others received degrees and certificates on April 26, 2014. These graduates have big plans for ministry. Some e ...More