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Volunteers discover power of playback theater to shift painful stories toward path of healing

When volunteers were solicited, nobody immediately stepped forward. It was a tough request: tell a painful personal story before an audience of maybe 40, many of them strangers to each other, and watch seven people trained in playback theater re-tell it through an impromptu performance. Yet Muhammad Afdillah—a visiting scholar with Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More

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EMU mourns death of Vincent Harding, a Mennonite compatriot of MLK, a friend to all oppressed peoples

Eastern Mennonite University joins millions of people worldwide in grieving the passing of Vincent Harding, sorrowing that we will no longer hear his prophetic voice in person – reminding us that the dream for “true democracy and justice” of Harding’s friend, Martin Luther King Jr., has yet to be realized. Harding died yesterday [May 19, 2014] at the University of Pennsylvania Ho ...More

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Annual Bach festival set to return to EMU for 22nd installment

Mary Kay Adams considers classical music more than a pleasant pastime. “It adds a beauty and an enjoyment [to life]. … It touches the deepest part of our soul in a way not much else does,” she remarked. As the executive director of the 22nd annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival ...More

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Hostetter to chair steering committee for EMU’s 100th anniversary celebration

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Be a risk-taker and a change-maker, Nobel Peace Prize winner tells class of 2014

Courtesy of Caleb Soptelean, Daily News Record, April 28, 2014 “Dare to be laughed at, mocked and scorned.” A Nobel Peace Prize winner gave those words of advice to Eastern Mennonite University’s graduates Sunday afternoon. ...More

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Nobel Laureate Gbowee helps EMU graduates to appreciate taking action – and dancing – in the present

Under a postcard-perfect blue sky at Eastern Mennonite University, 467 members of the graduating class of 2014 heard Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee call them to “take action in the present” rather than be paralyzed by uncertainty about what their future holds. “Begin with what you have,” she said, using “your lit ...More

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EMU partners with Virginia Sierra Club for Earth Day forum, April 22

Eastern Mennonite University will partner with the Virginia Sierra Club to discuss green technology on campus – including campus gardens and a solar array – during Earth Day, April 22, at 11 a.m., in Campus Center room 105. Panelists will discuss how sustainable development promotes security and economic opportunity in Virginia, as well as their shared sense of responsibility to pro ...More

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Mennonite pastor and Obama appointee David Myers reflects on church-state separation during visit to EMU

Lots of director-level appointees work for the federal government. Of that number, a relatively few have the word Reverend on their business cards, and fewer still – perhaps only one – could identify themselves as an ordained Mennonite minister: David Myers. Myers, director of the Center for Faith-Based and ...More

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Two scholars bring colorful lives, Jewish lens, to conversations at Center for Interfaith Engagement

Based on the qualities of its visiting scholars, the Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) could make a strong claim to be the most diversified place at Eastern Mennonite University during the spring 2014 semester. Joining two Muslim scholars from Iran is a Jewish scholar from Chicago, who does martial arts when he’s not leading synagogues, ...More

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee to speak at 2014 commencement

Leymah Gbowee, co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, will give the address at Eastern Mennonite University’s 96th commencement on Sunday, April 27. Gbowee is a 2007 graduate of EMU, with a master ...More