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What a year! In 2014 Eastern Mennonite University welcomed back an alum and Nobel Peace Laureate to speak at commencement, greeted its most diverse class ever, and cheered on a 2002 graduate in the World Series. Those are jus ...More

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Sunday school materials connect veterans, peace churches

Developers of a new Sunday school curriculum say it goes down a seldom-walked path — where pacifists accompany veterans toward peace. Released on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, the free six-week course focuses on biblical reflections and insights about trauma with significant input from a third source.“Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeki ...More

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EMU alum to head elementary education for Harrisonburg City Schools

Elementary grade enrollment is the fastest growing cohort in Harrisonburg City Public Schools, leading the division to create a new position to handle instructional needs. The person filling that post, Waterman Elementary School Principal Jeremy Weaver, will have a big job ahead. In January, Weaver will become th ...More

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EMU community helps make Christmas cheerier for those who don’t have enough

For Sandra: Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo, small photo album, purple gloves, JMU scarf, Christmas CDs, candy, 2015 calendar. This is one of the six ornaments hanging on a miniature Christmas tree in the Eastern Mennonite University human resources department before it was claimed. Part of the “Be a Santa to a Senior” project, the ornament r ...More

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Vigil held to protest killing of a black person every 28 hours in America, ‘whether innocent or guilty’

About 60 people held a vigil in the heart of Eastern Mennonite University’s campus in early December for black people killed by police in America. Participants attracted by the Black Student Union’s “#StandForFerguson” appeal gathered quietly in the gray mist at Thomas Plaza as club advisor Celeste Thomas invited them to “speak in silence,” showing their solidarity with presence ...More

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EMU faculty, staff and students sing “Joy to the World!” to celebrate advent

[Editor's note: An updated version of the EMU advent greeting was posted Dec. 12.  After further consideration we eliminated one section of the video in order to be sensitive to what was considered to be unintended stereotyping. ] We sing “Joy to the World!” to celebrate th ...More

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Two recordings of The Walking Roots Band aim at nurturing discipleship and the church, aided by Kickstarter contributions

The Walking Roots Band has always been about relationships,” says Seth Crissman, student at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and member of The Walking Roots Band. “We started out as a group of friends who happened to make music together, and that’s pretty much how things are today, seven years later.” ...More

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Planned Phase II of campus solar array captures attention of statewide environmental campaign

Four years after a 104-kilowatt solar panel array on the roof of Eastern Mennonite University’s Hartzler Library came online, the university has announced plans to significantly expand its commitment to renewable energy with more solar panels on and beside the University Commons. The new installation, expected to be in operation by the summer of ...More

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EMU Chamber Singers and Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir to usher in advent season on Dec. 7

Eastern Mennonite University singers will make several appearances on Sunday, Dec. 7, to mark the approaching Advent season. The Chamber Singers perform in three worship services at Harrisonburg churches, while the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir hosts its annual holiday concert on campus. Chamber Singers The Chamber Singers, led by Kenneth J. Nafziger, will ...More

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Research on the struggles of teenage girls – and the gifts they can offer the church – garners significant national award for Methodist seminary instructor

In her doctoral research, Emily Peck-McClain gathered thoughts from 24 girls from New York area Methodist churches that were both profound and disturbing. “There was a lot of silence from the church about the things that mattered most to them and they felt as though there were conditions for the church’s acceptance of the ...More