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‘Paying for peace, not war’: Hospital chaplain who witnessed trauma redirects some tax dollars to the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s STAR program

For the past two years, Ruth Anne Friesen has re-directed a portion of her federal income tax payments to support the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). “I am not against paying taxes, but I am cal ...More


In Reunion’s ‘Freedom Circles,’ peacebuilding major facilitates life changes and his own learning

Nathan McKnight recognized a quality of reciprocity in his spring semester internship. The people who come through the “freedom circles” hosted by the organization Reunion, he says, “are improving me, at the same time that I’m doing my best to improve them.” McKnight, a recent graduate of the peacebuilding ...More

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After bonding over shared ‘third-culture kid’ experience, psychology professor and student collaborate on research

When she started her sophomore year of high school, Kim Brenneman suddenly wasn’t in Kansas anymore. Her family had moved to northern India, and Brenneman – now a professor and chair of the EMU Psychology Department – spent the next two years attending the Woodstock School. It wasn ...More

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Annual ‘Frontiers in Peacebuilding’ lecture series brings in four experts

The annual “Frontiers in Peacebuilding” luncheon series in conjunction with Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University has slightly changed its format. Two lunches have become dinners. The four events, however, still honor the conviviality of the shared meal with the opportunity to learn from experts. The meals, held in th ...More

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Capstone Integration Projects, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Spring 2016

Eastern Mennonite Seminary students present capstone projects that touched on both the personal formation experienced within the students’ seminary journey, and the transformation they hope to bring about as leaders in ministry. The capstone requirement helps seminarians synthesize and integrate into their unique ministry setting the four guiding curricular principles that have formed the ric ...More


Center for Justice and Peacebuilding graduate students present spring semester 2016 practicum projects

Students in Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding‘s practice-oriented graduate program in conflict transformation culminate their coursework in one of three options. The organizational practicum requir ...More


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The Center of Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University celebrated their 2016 graduates in a Sunday evening ceremony at Martin Chapel with singing, short speeches and recognition of each graduate. A choir of African students led by Professor Carl Stauffer opened first with ...More

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Eastern Mennonite University celebrates 98th Commencement with 556 degrees conferred

Most of the audience at Eastern Mennonite University’s 98th Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 1, didn’t realize the special music provided by the string quartet was a world premiere composition of retiring President Loren E. Swartzendruber ...More

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Skillful, talented seminary class includes graduates with dual MBA and counseling degrees

Matt Stearn’s walk across the Eastern Mennonite Seminary commencement stage on April 30 was not only a personal milestone, but an institutional one. Stearn is the first student to complete the Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration (MBA) dual degree since the program began ...More

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Ten seniors honored with Cords of Distinction for their impact on campus and community

Ten graduating seniors were honored as Cords of Distinction recipients in a ceremony held Saturday afternoon, April 30, 2016 at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Faculty, staff and fellow students nominated the recipients, who were c ...More