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Leadership tips acquired as the CEO of retirement communities with multi-million-dollar budgets

Raised on a family farm five miles west of what was then Eastern Mennonite College. Attended Rosedale Bible Institute for a year. Entered EMC to do pre-med. Went to Japan for his junior year. Returned and switched to history. And ended up spending almost all of his professional life at the helm of re ...More

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Muslim scholars from Iran offer profound insights, understandings, to Center for Interfaith Engagement

The Center for Interfaith Engagement at Eastern Mennonite University has been hosting two outstanding Muslim scholars from Iran, who are also a married couple. Their unusual journey, from a country with no diplomatic relations with the United States to the welcoming atmosphere of EMU, reflects their devotion to interfaith engagement and optimistic pe ...More

Writers Read features compelling novelist who taps her Pakistani and Dutch background

Sorayya Khan – a Pakistani-Dutch-American writer who combines cross-cultural sensibilities with lyrical, haunting prose on war and its impact on humanity – is the last Writers Read guest of the year on Thursday, Mar. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Common Grounds at EMU. Khan is the author of two novels, Noor (2003) and Five Queen’s Road (2009), both with story lines that hig ...More

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Vincent Harding, close friend of MLK, urges EMU community to meet challenge of building a true democracy

More than 50 years after his first visit to campus, social activist and scholar Vincent Harding returned to EMU on Feb. 26 and 27, where he urged packed audiences to engage fully in the struggle to build a real participatory democracy based on justice, equality, sustainability and spiritual fulfillment, rather than on militarism, materialism and racism – or indeed on any form of discriminatio ...More

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Palestinian Christian tries to bridge divides separating Christian, Jewish and Muslim neighbors

Salim Munayer is a citizen of a small nation that casts a giant shadow on the world stage. Small enough to fit four within the borders of Virginia, the modern state of Israel is a land of deep history and intractable conflict. Munayer’s mosaic of identities gave his four presentations at EMU, Feb. 20-21, the ring of authenticity. Palestinian. Christian. Arab. From a family whose lands ...More

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Rachel Held Evans is coming! Expect surprising insights, maybe shocking ones, from this popular Christian blogger

A writer known for her philosophical explorations of faith and doubt, punctuated by down-to-earth self-revelation, humor, and truthfulness, is coming to campus. Rachel Held Evans has attracted attention for her nuanced and accessible discussions about current issues in modern Christianity as the author of Evolving in Monkey Town (Zondervan, 2010) and The Year of Biblical Wom ...More

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Two pioneers of Playback Theatre – evoking understanding, empathy and change – will be teaching at SPI 2014

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EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement promotes friendship and understanding among those who believe differently

Why would an explicitly Christian university go out of its way to bring Muslim and Jewish scholars to its campus to teach entire courses and interact every day with students? That’s what is happening at Eastern Mennonite University. “Interacting with people of other faiths builds friendship and understanding – something we sorely need in this world,” says ...More

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CJP prof Lisa Schirch points way to better relationships, roles, for military, government and civil society

On the Wikipedia page for “Security Sector Reform,” you’ll read some nice-sounding stuff about helping police and military forces become more accountable to democratically elected governments and to hold human rights in higher regard. You’ll also see a picture, right at the top, of American and British soldiers teaching their Sierra Leonean counterparts how to use a mortar. It’ ...More

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Acclaimed photojournalists explore “optimism and ingenuity” of Brazilians in exhibit opening Feb. 14

“Sonhos e Saudades” – the Portuguese title of an exhibit by acclaimed photojournalists Tyrone Turner and Susan Sterner – means “dreams and longings.” “Brazilians are big dreamers, incredibly optimistic,” Sterner explained in a recent telephone interview, reflecting on the time, 1998-’00, when she and Turner, her professional partner and husband, worked in N ...More