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EMU’s 10 new faculty members come with outstanding credentials in seven fields

Nursing at Eastern Mennonite University – the most in-demand field of study at this university – leads the way in welcoming three new faculty members out of 11 teachers in eight specialties joining EMU for 2014-15. Music is gaining two assistant professors. The other newcomers are in political science, chemistry, social work, psychology, history and the seminary. ...More

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New online seminary courses focus on thought-provoking topics

Eastern Mennonite Seminary is offering three unique online courses on thought-provoking topics this school year: (1) Dietrich Bonhoeffer; (2) psychology and religion; and (3) the intersection of race and religion. The first two topics will be offered in the fall, beginning the week of August 25, and the third in the spring, beginning in January. ...More

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Couple to facilitate women’s healing workshops in Harrisonburg

Helping others find peace. That’s the shared goal of Cristian Quezada and Anita Fonseca-Quezada, Chilean immigrants who were drawn to Eastern Mennonite University because of its emphasis on conflict resolution. Before coming to the U.S., the married couple called Santiago, Chile, home. The two were living on the 20th of a 21-floor apartment ...More

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Seminary pioneers link between business, non-profit leadership, and ministry with dual degree program

Seminary is not just for pastors any more. Eastern Mennonite Seminary has recently added a new master of divinity and master of business administration dual degree for those who feel called to ministry that may involve business or ...More

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Seminary graduates head to diverse ministries, from Methodist pastorates to counseling

“This is a beginning disguised as an ending,” Jon Swartz told his classmates at Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s baccalaureate worship service. Swartz and 16 others received degrees and certificates on April 26, 2014. These graduates have big plans for ministry. Some e ...More

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Seminary study “a tremendous privilege” for grad now working in missions in Africa

Greek conjugations, stone cathedrals, and stories from catacombs may not seem relevant to the Mennonite churches in East Africa, which use an assortment of indigenous African languages and meet in structures built of corrugated tin. Still, Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS) graduate Aram DiGennaro, MDiv ’05, gives testimony to the relevan ...More

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Scholars of religion and theology debate purpose and outcomes of interfaith dialogue

When the Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) at Eastern Mennonite University brings people of different religions together to talk, what’s the point? Should everyone water down their beliefs in order to find as much agreement as possible? Or, at the opposite extreme, should they be trying to convert each other? At a March 27, 2014, forum ...More

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Seminary grad publishes book on similarities between parenting and the faith journey

Managed chaos. That’s how Rachel Gerber [MDiv '05] describes parenting three young sons. Herald Press has recently published the Eastern Mennonite Seminary alumna’s first book, a devotional memoir, Ordinary Miracles: Awakening to t ...More

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New Bridges – Meeting the needs of the residents from foreign lands

Consider a few statistics: In 1990, just 2.4% of Harrisonburg’s population was foreign born. That figure rose substantially over the following decade to 9.2%, and now sits, per the latest Census Bureau estimate, at 14.1%. Or, to put that in more real-to-life terms, there are now more than 7,000 immigrants living in Harrisonburg – plus another 3,500 or so in Rockingham County – many ...More

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Extravagant love – from the Little Grill to Our Community Place

Let’s begin in 1992 , when the Free Food For All Soup Kitchen opened to the world, every Monday at noon, at The Little Grill restaurant in downtown Harrisonburg. Ron Copeland, the restaurant’s owner, drew inspiration for the soup kitchen from a number of different sources, including his Christian upbringing and political views shaped by his “rabid Democrat,” FDR- ...More