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Ripple Church pastors find spiritual nourishment at seminary’s Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation

Imagine hearing the call to urban ministry, selling your lovingly renovated suburban farmhouse where you’ve lived for 25 years, and moving into an inner city apartment. Imagine your congregation shape-shifting into and out of spaces as it grows – a good problem – but one with its own stressors. Imagine one of your most fervent members being a man who lives under a bridge and ...More

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Seminary graduates’ capstone research projects reflect learning, act as practical resources for future ministry

On a Sunday afternoon about four years ago, Matthew Bucher was reading as diligently as any first-year graduate student at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. When he was invited to a picnic by his future wife, he told her he wasn’t sure if he could make the time. “Are you always working?” she asked him. At that point, his answer was “yes.&# ...More

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EMU President Loren E. Swartzendruber announces plans for retirement

Loren E. Swartzendruber, president of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), announced to the university community today that he plans to retire next year, on June 30, 2016, marking 13 years of leadership as the university’s eighth president and 33 years in Mennonite higher education roles. “I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to have served the cause of Christian higher educati ...More

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Eastern Mennonite Seminary graduates 33 students, the largest class since 1988

When Gordon Meriwether first began attending Eastern Mennonite Seminary, he wanted to earn a master of divinity degree. Then the United Methodist pastor, who is also a 31-year U.S. Navy veteran, discovered the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Ea ...More

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Experienced administrators provide leadership in new associate provost and director of operations positions at EMU Lancaster

Counselor, professor and administrator Mary Jensen was recently named associate provost of Eastern Mennonite University’s Lancaster site, which serves approximately 1,000 students in nursing, pastoral studies and graduate education programs. The first to fill this new position, Jensen will focus on organizational leadership and program develo ...More

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Eastern Mennonite Missions president discusses challenges of global mission engagement in Augsburger Lecture series

To explain the dramatic changes in missions engagement over the last half-century, Nelson Okanya, MDiv ’03, president of Eastern Mennonite Missions, utilizes a stark image: a sturdy bridge, spanning a flat plain of dirt while the river courses hundreds of feet away. This bridge actually exists in Honduras: it was built in the 1930s by the Army Corps of Eng ...More

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Church leaders discuss challenges of ministering to ‘nones’ and millenials at annual School for Leadership Training

Author, scholar and Episcopal priest Lauren Winner opened the annual School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary with succinct advice for those seeking to understand the changing dynamics affecting the 21st century American church. “It might be good news for your church ...More

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Sunday school materials connect veterans, peace churches

Developers of a new Sunday school curriculum say it goes down a seldom-walked path — where pacifists accompany veterans toward peace. Released on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, the free six-week course focuses on biblical reflections and insights about trauma with significant input from a third source.“Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeki ...More

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Two recordings of The Walking Roots Band aim at nurturing discipleship and the church, aided by Kickstarter contributions

The Walking Roots Band has always been about relationships,” says Seth Crissman, student at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and member of The Walking Roots Band. “We started out as a group of friends who happened to make music together, and that’s pretty much how things are today, seven years later.” ...More

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Research on the struggles of teenage girls – and the gifts they can offer the church – garners significant national award for Methodist seminary instructor

In her doctoral research, Emily Peck-McClain gathered thoughts from 24 girls from New York area Methodist churches that were both profound and disturbing. “There was a lot of silence from the church about the things that mattered most to them and they felt as though there were conditions for the church’s acceptance of the ...More