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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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EMU leadership conference to create a new paradigm of “Leading into the Common Good”

Author and speaker Peter Block headlines a list of notable speakers for “Leading into the Common Good: An Anabaptist Perspective,” a conference for practitioners, scholars and students April 7-9, 2016, at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Block, a well-known expert on organizational dev ...More

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Catcher Erik Kratz, now with the San Diego Padres, reflects on the blessings of a baseball life

Inside Goshen College’s athletics building, metal­lic “pings” pricked the air as bat-wielding kids hit — and missed — balls thrown by Goshen baseball players. Murmurs of conversation gurgled in the background. Then Erik Kratz stepped to the plate. His bat met the first pitch he saw, producing a thunderous crash that reverberated throughout the room. All other sounds seemingly ...More

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With presidential search on schedule, educator and administrator Lee Snyder will serve in an interim role

Respected educator and administrator Lee Snyder, PhD., will serve as interim president of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) beginning July 1, 2016. Her appointment comes as President Loren Swartzendruber retires after a 13-year tenure and more than 35 years in Mennonite higher education. With the announcement of the appointment, the ...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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In Slate series on victim’s rights, Howard Zehr identifies ‘entrenched’ challenges to systematic change through restorative justice

When freelance legal affairs journalist Mark Obbie wrote a six-part series on crime victims for Slate in 2015, he made sure to include Howard Zehr, professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and co-director o ...More

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Spring convocation invokes spirit of community, with blessings for the new semester and two cross-cultural groups

“Life is difficult,” Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) President Loren Swartzendruber said as he began his final  convocation address Wednesday. Swartzendruber acknowledged the deep challenges facing the world, the nation, and the EMU community over the past year and in recent days. “The threads that hold our community toget ...More

Hartman resigns from leadership role

Luke A. Hartman, vice president for enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), submitted his resignation Jan. 11, 2016.  The resignation follows a Jan. 8 misdemeanor charge of solicitation of prostitution by Harrisonburg (Virginia) Police Department. “It is with sadness that I have accepted Luke’s resignation,” wrote President Loren Swartzendruber in a Jan. 12 e ...More

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Nurse, communications strategist with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to speak on transformative power of listening

Nurse and communications strategist Beth Toner, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, presents the first Suter Science Seminar of the spring semester on Friday, Jan. 15, with “Health Care Narrative: How Stories Can Help Transform Health Care.” The seminar will be at 4 p.m. in Suter Scien ...More

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Restorative justice programs in schools need to build slowly and address campus climate issues, says professor Kathy Evans in The Atlantic

Restorative justice within schools can’t exist in a vacuum, says Kathy Evans, an assistant professor of education at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), in a Dec. 29, 2015 article in The Atlantic. Schools also have to address the campus climate issues that contribute to student behavior, she says. The article, titled “ ...More