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Public invited to join a prayer vigil for Hesston community Thursday evening on campus

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) will host a prayer vigil for victims of the Hesston, Kansas shootings and for the Hesston community on Thursday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. Hesston College, located a few miles from the site of the shooting, is a sister Mennonite school of EMU, with many connections between the two communities. The vigil will be at Thomas Plaza, between the Campus Cen ...More

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Lenten Reflections: A pacifist and a combat veteran are filled by the Holy Spirit at the footwashing bowl

I felt as though I was washing away the desert sand of Iraq. —Michael King, seminary dean   Darin Busé, a United Methodist pastor, came to Eastern Mennonite Seminary with a distinct plan: in his studies, he would “seek healing so that I could learn to heal healers.” The pain ...More

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‘Oasis’-themed School for Leadership Training revisions the metaphorical desert as a vital site of growth and rebirth

Inviting participants to “several days of learning that have the potential to transform us,” School for Leadership Training (SLT) coordinator Linda Alley welcomed about 200 people to this year’s event Jan. 18-20 at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg. And, indeed, over the course of three days, participants engaged in worship, w ...More

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EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement presents free film series featuring social justice leaders from around the world

The Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) at Eastern Mennonite University presents the film series “Across Cultures: Profiles in Courage and Resilience,” featuring 12 films of various genres, including fiction and documentaries, about human rights, environmental and social justice leaders. The series is moderated by Dr. Bob Bersson, visit ...More

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Seminary’s annual School for Leadership Training focuses on resilience in a time of division and contention

Spiritual practices and tools for developing resilience are the focus of the annual School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary Jan. 18-20, 2016. “When we spoke to church leaders about what they really needed at this moment, many talked about being overwhelmed,” said ...More

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Prayer, discussion, fellowship, fun: weekly Worship Nights benefit from leadership of pastoral, ministry assistants

Making s’mores over a campfire, going out for milkshakes, praying for each other, reading scripture, or conversing about the complexities of life: students in Eastern Mennonite University’s residence halls are often ministering in relationship. These relationships are formalized in Worship Nights, a weekly event in each of the residence halls on campus. The four groups meet on differ ...More

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Alicia Horst, executive director of NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, talks about her faith, education and work

Alicia Horst ’01, MDiv ’06, was recently featured in “Seven Questions With …,” a new weekly online feature of The Mennonite which highlights Anabaptist individuals “engaged in important work and ministry across the country” as they talk “about ...More

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EMU sets record enrollment with the largest first-year class in decades, while graduate programs show significant growth

Eastern Mennonite University’s traditional undergraduate first-year enrollment for the 2015-16 academic year was its highest in several decades, while graduate programs recorded a 26.4 percent increase in enrollment. The data represents enrollment figures from fall 2014 to fall 2015. The 2015-16 figures were released by the reg ...More

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Emeritus professor Calvin Shenk, who led Bible department and championed cross-cultural program, lived a life of Christian witness

Calvin E. Shenk, professor emeritus of religion who taught at Eastern Mennonite University from 1976-2001, has died. He resided in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His wife Marie passed away in 2010. The couple, both 1959 graduates of Eastern Mennonite College, returned after 14 years of missionary work in Africa to make an indelible mark on the vision and goals of the institution. Shapin ...More

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Chilean-American writer Marjorie Agosín helps to inaugurate Latino Heritage Month, brings poetry and art to campus

Many on the Eastern Mennonite University campus are anticipating the Sept. 17-18 visit of Chilean-American writer Majorie Agosín. A professor of Latin American studies and Spanish language at Wellesley College, Agosín will share poetry, art, conversation and personal history with the campus community and with select groups of faculty and students, including graduate students from ...More