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Frontiers in peacebuilding: from Pakistan, the Philippines and Guatemala come stories of engaging with police and military

How can peacebuilders engage with the police and military in pursuing peace? And how can police and the military engage with peacebuilders? That was the topic of a luncheon presentation by experts from Pakistan, the Philippines and Guatemala at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) during the Summer Peacebuilding Institute. “Peace activists tend t ...More

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Victor Dogos, Chadian pastor, has dedicated his life to interfaith goodwill

Victor Dogos coordinates three interfaith peacebuilding workshops – one each for religious leaders, youth and women – in Chad every year, working with the financial and staff support from Mennonite Central Committee. This summer, he enrol ...More

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Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir presents special benefit concert to help Nepalese village rebuild after quakes

Among the 8,800 people killed by the April 25 earthquake in Nepal was the father of ManKumari Ghale – a Harrisonburg resident and member of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. ManKumari’s mother, grandmother and siblings, as well as her husband Dhanraj’s immediate family, lost their homes in the disaster. When their close friend ...More

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Committee selected to begin the search for Eastern Mennonite University’s ninth president

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) will begin the search for the ninth EMU president with the first meeting of the search committee set for July 10-11, 2015. The EMU Board of Trustees and the MEA Board of Directors have jointly appointed a Presidential Search Committee that includes board mem ...More

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Local cross-cultural course leads students through rich diversity of Shenandoah Valley cultures

Doris Harper Allen, 88, greeted a group of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) students in the parking lot of Rose’s in Harrisonburg, the former heart of Newtown. She quickly passed out laminated maps of what is now known as the Northeast neighborhood. And then Allen flashed a vibrant smile from beneath her bright red sunglasses. “You can ask me questions later,” she called as she c ...More

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Counseling professor explains how alopecia areata led to her baldness and, more importantly, to embracing impermanence

Four years ago, Chereè Hammond joined the faculty in the master’s in counseling program at Eastern Mennonite University. Shortly after beginning the semester – it was a Wednesday, she remembers – she shaved her head. She was tired of combing out clumps, of seeing precious strands between her fingers when s ...More

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Adult-onset blindness has not stopped Shirley Steward-Jones from pursuing a master’s in counseling

Shirley Steward-Jones walks up the driveway outside of her college residence, accompanied by the tapping of her cane, her writing tutor Anna Maria Johnson, and her own hearty laughter. Steward-Jones is in the middle of a story, when she is interrupted by Johnson, who alerts her to the presence of a truck in the driveway. Steward-Jones shakes her head, steps into the grass, and expertly maneuver ...More

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Four cyclists cross Virginia with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resistance Ride

After 300 miles, 10 days and several flat tires, a group of 30 college students, including four from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), has crossed Virginia on bike, sparking dialogue and voicing concerns about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The event, officially called the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resistance Ride, was organized by t ...More

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Counselor and STAR trainer from Uganda teaches positivity and resilience through experiential learning

Trauma is not just something one experiences during a war or conflict, but can occur in a job, relationship or everyday interaction, says 2015 Summer Peacebuilding Institute participant Shiphrah Mutungi, who is pursuing a graduate certificate in conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite Universi ...More

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EMU hosts solar conference and tour, as Virginia private colleges move forward with plans for campus installations

Virginia’s private colleges are taking the lead in growing the capacity of solar energy in the state. That was the message during last week’s Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) Solar Pathways Briefing, hosted by Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The briefing marked the early stages of a three-year plan to double Virginia’s solar c ...More