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Visiting speaker draws parallels between Christian ‘shalom’ and Native American values of harmony, balance

The “harmony way” of Native Americans is a lot like the “shalom community” taught by Jesus, according to a seminary professor from Oregon who spoke at Eastern Mennonite University on March 12-13, 2014. Randy Woodley, PhD, is a Cherokee Indian who has spent a lifetime studying the ways of his people as well as ...More

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Professors warn against “domestication” of Martin Luther King Jr., urge renewed focus on all forms of inequality

Two Eastern Mennonite University professors – one white and one black – gave back-to-back chapel talks in the past week that highlighted the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his compatriots on the past, present and (they hope) future of their university. Addressing a well-filled Lehman Auditorium on Jan. 17, ...More

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Street dedication, community enrichment programs, to highlight MLK Day of Service and Learning

The dedication and renaming of a city street is just one of the highlights of the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Learning, Jan. 15-23. “Events throughout the week will focus on the MLK Jr. way of emphasizing issues of justice, pacifism, Christian faith, activism and service, and relationship building,” said Brian Martin Burkholder, campus pastor at Ea ...More

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

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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

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People of all types are welcome, indeed belong, at EMU’s table, say university leaders at convocation 2013

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Students Recognized for Spring Semester Achievements

The following Eastern Mennonite University students received awards for outstanding achievement or service at the spring semester student recognition chapel in April 2013. The list for athletic achievement and the dean’s list for the fall semester follow. Academic Support Center Seniors Darian Harnish – Tutor of the year; busines ...More

Shane Claibourne, Christian activist and bestselling author, addresses hundreds in Lehman Auditorium of Eastern Mennonite University on lessons to be drawn from Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo by Lindsey Kolb)

Shane Claiborne Challenges Students to Address Injustice

For Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) student Brad Mullet, part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy means volunteerism. (Check out photos of MLK Day!) Mullet, a 19-year-old sophomore from Berlin, Ohio, joined fellow students Monday afternoon helping to clean up Blacks Run in Harrisonburg. The volunteer project was ...More

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Shane Claiborne To Lead EMU in Remembering King

Prominent Christian activist, author and dynamic speaker, Shane Claiborne, will lead Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. during university chapel on Monday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. In addition, EMU is teaming up with the United Way of ...More