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Sleeping in Solidarity on the Hill

Sarah Harder, Weather Vane student newspaper On Tuesday nights, a small group of students gather on EMU’s hill to take part in “prayerfully sleeping” on the hill, which is a branch of peacekeepers. The group generally has a discussion about an issue related to a specific country or conflict with a focus on refugees. “We take ...More

Renowned peacebuilder and EMU alumna back on campus

“Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a gripping film account of a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for the African nation of Liberia, will be shown 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 in Lehman Auditorium. Their leader, Leymah Gbowee, who organ ...More

EMU alumna Laura Cattell receives top peace award

A 2009 graduate has received top honors in the bi-national C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. Laura C. Cattell Laura C. Cattell, an environmental science and justi ...More

Drawing Trees: reflections on STAR 2009

This week I participated in STAR, or Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience, a workshop offered by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). I was familiar with STAR, and I was eager to learn more about trauma and its physical, emotional, and spiritual effects and its linkages to violence. ...More

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