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Meet the drone-toting Riehls – radicals in their 80s?

“He needs me to go with him when he has the drone,” Marie Riehl says, referring to her husband, Daniel. It takes both Riehls to load this drone into their vehicle. Behind the driver’s wheel, Daniel relies on Marie’s eyes to compensate for his partly obstructed view. Interviewed in their living room, the Riehls speak of drones that conduct surveillance and drop bombs, of military ...More

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Major indie group, Freelance Whales, coming from NYC to perform in Lehman Auditorium

Excitement is growing on campus for the Feb. 7 concert in by Freelance Whales, a well-known indie rock band from New York City. Freelance Whales – Friday, Feb. 7,  9 p.m. – $5 students; $15/$20 non-students advance/door. “Their sound is awesome,” says Emma King, a junior who’s been a fan for several years and saw th ...More

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Former Fulbright fellow, nationally known leader in human security, to speak at intercollegiate peace forum

Lisa Schirch, PhD, director of human security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and a former Fulbright fellow in East and West Africa, will give the keynote speech at the 2014 Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 2 ...More

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Faith-grounded book on the science of love hits market in time for Christmas

Just in time for Christmas gift-giving, a book titled Integrating the New Science of Love and a Spirituality of Peace: Becoming Human Again has been published by Cascade Books. It draws together presentations given at a hugely popular conference on “attachment” ...More

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EMU alum next featured Writers Read author

Jessica Penner, a 2001 Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) alumna, will be the next featured “Writers Read Author,” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., in EMU’s Common Grounds Coffeehouse in University Commons. Penner released her debut novel-in-stories, Shaken in the Water (Fox ...More

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Renowned thinker on the intersection of evolution, ecology and ‘a transcendent presence’ visits EMU

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Amish “bonnet rippers” examined in alumna’s book, published by Johns Hopkins University Press

Amish “bonnet rippers” have become massively popular in the past decade, Valerie Weaver-Zercher told an audience of fellow-alumni and faculty during Homecoming 2013 at Eastern Mennonite University, Oct. 11-13. A new Amish romance is published about every four days, with at least 86 released in 2012, said Weaver-Zercher at a Saturday ...More

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Mennonite professor and Israeli philosopher debate pacifism, violence and resistance to evil

In front of a packed audience at the Common Grounds coffeehouse, an Israeli philosopher and a Mennonite theologian sat down to debate the ethics of pacifism and violence, approaching the issue from an unconventional angle: Is it unethical not to use violence as a last resort to resist evil? Moshe Shner, a professor of Jewish ph ...More

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‘Emergent church’ theologian Peter Rollins brings provocative message to EMU

There is a scene in the 1993 movie Cool Runnings in which, on the eve of the Jamaican bobsled team’s improbable shot at Winter Olympics glory, the team’s coach – a disgraced former bobsledder stripped of a gold medal for cheating – offers a bit of final advice to his unlikely protégé. “A gold medal is a wonderful thing,” the coach says. “But if you’re not enough without ...More

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Irish theological writer sure to provoke thought, maybe controversy, with EMU presentations

A Belfast-born writer who has excited many Jesus followers in the emergent church movement and disquieted many others will be sharing his provocative thoughts at four Eastern Mennonite University venues tomorrow (Sept. 24). The titles of Peter Rollins’ books offer clues to his stream of thought: • The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction (2013) ...More