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Children of different faith communities study peace at EMU

Ana Hart displays her kite with a message of peace. Do you know any Hebrew words?” “What is a veteran?” “How do you work for peace?” These were among the conversation starters around the lunch table June 26 as children ...More

Three faith traditions come together in peace camp in June

Finding common ground in several faith expressions of peace and the phrase, “one tree, many branches,” are the primary focus of a five-day Interfaith Peace Camp program to be held June 22 -26 on the EMU campus. Members from The Islamic Association of Shenandoah Valley, Beth El Congregation, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Valley Friends Meeting, Park View Mennonite Church and ...More

Learners from 35 nations gather for peacebuilding institute

By Chris Edwards They turned to greet neighbors, each invited to speak in his or her native language. Many said “Hello”; a few, “Hola!” or “Bonjour.” Sebastian Bukenya, a young Roman Catholic priest from Uganda, asked, “Oli otya!” (in the Luganda language, “How are you?”). The mood among these 84 visitors from 35 nation ...More

Play documenting peace worker has Harrisonburg debut

On Mar. 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old woman from Washington State, was crushed to death in Gaza under a bulldozer operated by the Israeli army. Wearing the blaze orange vest of a human shield, she planted herself in the path of the bulldozer as it headed toward the home of a Palestinian pharmacist. It ran over her, twice. No one was held accountable. When Alan Rickman and Kath ...More

New peacebuilding, development and sustainability majors begin in fall 2010

EMU now offers two new majors that uniquely combine concern for the earth and God’s people with practical skill training. "Peacebuilding and development" and "environmental sustainability" will offer students hands-on opportunities to prepare to be agents of change in their local communities and around the world, motivated by their commitment to Christ. ...More

Students champion peace in annual oratorical contest

Seven EMU students spoke out for peace and justice in the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest held Mar. 27 on campus. Each speaker applied the Christian peace position to a contemporary concern in an 8-10 minute public address of 1,500 or fewer words. Listen to the podcast of ...More

1996 alumna to give peace lecuture

A 1996 Eastern Mennonite University graduate will return to her alma mater to give a C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture. Laura L. Brenneman, now an assistant professor of religion and director of peace and conflict studies at Bluffton (Ohio) University, will speak on “What Does Peace Have to Do With Freedom” at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 9, in room 123 of the seminary building at E ...More

MCC Couple to Outline Middle East Issues

Cindy and Daryl Byler (back row, left) with young friends in Gaza. Two EMU student organizations are co-sponsoring an event meant to challenge the EMU and larger community with the issue of economic justice in Israel-Palestine. J. Daryl and Cindy Byler, Mennonite ...More

Peacebuilding in the Wake of Violence

By Sarah Fields, Weather Vane student newspaper Almost two years after the fatal shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), the campus community is constructively channeling their grief to form memorials and programs. One of these programs is the Center of Peace Studies and Violence Protection (CPSVP). Virginia Tech turned to EMU ...More

Va Tech Peace Center Gets Help from Peacebuilding Programs

Twenty-one months ago, Professor Jerzy Nowak was writing a grant at Virginia Tech when student Seung-Hui Cho began a shooting rampage. When the shootings were over, Nowak’s wife Jocelyne Couture-Nowak was among the 32 who died. In the chaotic and grief-filled aftermath, one of the three Nowak daughters, 23-year-old Francine, told a reporter that the best way of memorializing her ...More