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EMU and Sichuan University of China sign cooperation agreement

Eastern Mennonite University and Sichuan University of Arts and Science, located in central China, signed an agreement on Jan. 13, 2015, to “promote academic exchanges, scientific research cooperation, and communication between teachers and students.” The signing occurred during a one-day visit to the EMU campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia, ...More

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Konrad Wert, a.k.a. Possessed by Paul James, draws spotlight from Billboard charts, NPR and NY Times before returning (yet again) to EMU

It was 1994 when Konrad Wert ’01 arrived at Eastern Mennonite University for the first time, and he didn’t stay long. Iffy about college from the start, he left after his freshman year for a voluntary service term in Washington D.C. Once that ended, he returned to EMU, stayed a bit, then departed again to volunteer in California. A yo-yo pattern was developing. “I just didn ...More

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School for Leadership Training to challenge churches to consider the ‘nones’

The Pew Research Center made news with its 2012 report that the fastest growing U.S. “denomination” was the “Nones,” the “religiously unaffiliated” who answer “none of the above” when asked which religious community they belong to. One-fifth of the U.S. population and one-third of adults under 30 do not identify with a particu ...More

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‘Interfaith Discussion on Poverty’ brings together national public policy advocates and local social services providers

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

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Early detection is key to treatment of inherited metabolic disorders, says pediatrician of Amish, Brethren and Mennonite communities

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

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Professor and former NASA researcher shares about science, faith, and the mysterious universe

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

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Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Palestinian physician and peace activist, brings message of hope and justice to EMU

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

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Local writer and environmental activist shares love of Appalachian forests

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

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Playwright and actor Ted Swartz brings music, comedy and storytelling to conversation about sexuality, faith and family

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

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Prominent Palestinian physician and peace activist to visit EMU, Nov. 4-5

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. Abu ...More