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Church leaders discuss challenges of ministering to ‘nones’ and millenials at annual School for Leadership Training

Author, scholar and Episcopal priest Lauren Winner opened the annual School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary with succinct advice for those seeking to understand the changing dynamics affecting the 21st century American church. “It might be good news for your church ...More

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy celebrated with solidarity march, music, chapel and service opportunities

What creates systems of discrimination and oppression? What power and motivation do people have to resist these systems? Where do they take comfort when hatred acts? These questions were asked during the Jan. 15-20 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration hosted by Eastern Mennonite University. Activities included lectures, chapel meetings and talkbacks; reading ...More

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After Vietnam and Nigeria, Dr. Linford Gehman ’59 chooses to serve rural and homebound patients for almost a half century

The image of an experienced country doctor making house calls with a big black bag full of basic medical equipment has not completely disappeared. Even in a culture of increasing skepticism for physicians and of increasing medical costs, rural health care providers seem to be retaining their respected positions in society. Linford Gehman ’59, a doctor serving a rural population in nort ...More

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Black history author, minister to lead EMU in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 15-20

A prominent black history author, musician and professor, Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, PhD, will lead Eastern Mennonite University’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. during university chapel on Monday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. Okembe-RA Imani is chair and professor of the Department of Black Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is also a veteran of more than 27 years o ...More

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For fight against Ebola, international students plan fundraising event with Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee

After spending the summer thousands of miles from her native Liberia and watching nervously from afar as Ebola swept through her country, sophomore Winifred Gray-Johnson wanted to take action when she returned to the Eastern Mennonite University campus. She never imagined that desire, born from hours of long-distance conversation with her family members and prayer over the sufferings of ...More

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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