Cheryl Cooper drives 45 miles to work each morning. Along the way, she pictures the nearly 114,000 people, standing shoulder to shoulder, who are served by the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank each month.
This startling image characterizing the depth of poverty in the Shenandoah Valley was one of many shared during the recent Interfaith Discussion on Poverty ...More
Sometimes, the only action a doctor need take to save a life is to change the patient’s diet. When treatment of a life-threatening genetic disorder is so simple, the key is to catch it, not cure it.
Holmes Morton made his life’s work to study and treat genetic disorders primarily in Mennonite, Brethren and Amish communities. The physician and his wife Caroline founded the non-profit ...More
Have you ever wondered if animals are conscious? Are plants conscious? Does an amoeba have free will?
David Pruett, James Madison University emeritus professor of mathematics, recently argued in a Suter Science Seminar that particles as basic as electrons and photons may have at least some elemental consciousness and free will.
Evolution, then, is a distilling process that concent ...More
In his book, I Shall Not Hate, Izzeldin Abuelaish traces his journey from an impoverished childhood in the Gaza Strip to medical school in Egypt and eventually, in face of enormous barriers, to become the first Palestinian doctor on the staff of an Israeli hospital. The book also describes his commitment to peacebuilding in Gaza, Israel and beyond – a commitment that was improbably d ...More
Chris Bolgiano is a self-described “mildly amusing nature writer” and a retired special collections librarian who resides in Fulks Run, Virginia. These authentic identities – citizen scientist, wide-ranging chronicler, and Appalachian mountain woman – converge in her literary works. From books to essays and nature and ...More
Three is a magic number, says veteran actor and playwright Ted Swartz.
“That’s true in baseball, theater and comedy,” he says. “I generally listen when things come in threes.”
The adage has served him well for more than 20 years, as Swartz ’89, M.Div ’92, has engaged with the unlikely trio of theology, comedy and issues of faith. First with Lee Eshleman ’86 in Ted ...More
Late one January afternoon in 2009, during a three-week war between the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip, two tank shells crashed through the bedroom wall of a Palestinian home in Jabalia City where Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish lived with his family.
Three of his daughters between the ages of 13 and 21 were killed instantly, along with a 17-year-old niece.
A hammer banged away on the $7 million renovation project of Suter Science Center as six retired professors talked about their careers in the 46-year-old Eastern Mennonite University building. They gathered in the iconic 256-seat tiered SC-106 classroom on Oct. 11 as part of the 2014-15 Suter Science ...More
Eight years and one week before giving a chapel talk at Eastern Mennonite University on Oct. 8, 2014, Marie Roberts (as she was then named) was a stay-at-home mother of three. At age 28, she was living her life’s dream, married to Charlie, who had asked for her hand when she was in high school.
On the morning of Oct. 2, 2006, Charlie walked his two school-aged children to their sch ...More
The purpose of medicine is to remove disease, or at least the symptoms of disease. Right?
Not according to David Mercier, who currently works as an acupuncture therapist. He claims that medicine should promote more than healing. He advocates that patients should work with their doctors and therapists to pursue flourishing.
In a Suter S ...More