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Visiting Islamic scholars from Iran begin first full year teaching at EMU

The first visiting scholars at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) will teach several courses on Islam and contemporary issues in Iran during the coming academic year, their first full one at EMU. A husband-and-wife team from Tehran, Iran, Amir Akrami and Sheida Shakouri Rad are splitting a faculty position ...More

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Interfaith Camp Plants Seeds of Understanding, Friendship in Youth

A group of elementary schoolers, grades first through sixth, planted a Gold Star magnolia in front of the city’s mosque June 12. It will grow next to another tree planted by a different, though connected, group of children. Dozens of youths from Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) Interfaith Peace Camp planted the first tree a few years ago. It now stands taller than many of ...More

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Visiting Scholar From Iran at EMU

A Muslim scholar from Iran is teaching at Eastern Mennonite University this academic year as part of a new three-year visiting scholar series. Amir Akrami, from the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran, is teaching two courses during the spring semester 2013 – “Introduction to Islam” and “Issues in Islam.” During the fall semester he taught a non-credit mini-course on Isla ...More

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Film and Forum Series To Spark Interfaith Dialogue

The Center for Interfaith Engagement at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is offering a forum and film series to spark dialogue and encourage relationships based on mutual respect and understanding. “Our goal is to increase understanding of Islam and Judaism within the EMU community and strengthen interfaith relationships in the Harrisonbur ...More

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Justice Lecture Features Renowned Poet

Julia Spicher Kasdorf will be the featured speaker during the Justice Lectures on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 3:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m., in Martin Chapel in the Seminary building. Spicher Kasdorf is an associate professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State University. She will address “Water: Mother of Many Names,” at the 3:30 p.m. session and “Mightier than the ...More

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EMU, UVA and George Mason Co-Host Scriptural Reasoning Tour

Scriptural scholars from the University of Virginia joined peers from others parts of North America at Eastern Mennonite University during the third week of June (2012) to experience “Mennonite influence, faithfulness and peacebuilding,” said Peter Ochs, co-founder of the annual Scriptural Reasoning Training Tour. “The Mennonite community’s dedication to peace is a signif ...More

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Interfaith Engagement Series to Spark Dialogue

The Center for Interfaith Engagement at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is offering a forum and film series to spark dialogue and encourage relationships based on mutual respect and understanding. “Our goal is to increase understanding of Islam and Judaism within the EMU community and strengthen interfaith relationships in the Harrisonburg area through building relationships wit ...More

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Luce Foundation Awards Grant To EMU’s Interfaith Work

A grant of $355,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation will spur the expansion of interfaith dialogue, peacebuilding and humanitarian service at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) over the next three years. The grant will be dispersed in increments of $119,000 in 20 ...More

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EMU Plans 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Commemoration

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) community will pause and reflect this week, along with the rest of the world, on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Sept. 11 brought devastating loss to thousands of people in New York City, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and around the world. It changed our worldview from “before 9/11″ to “after 9/1 ...More

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Ongoing Conversation Seeks to Tear Down Walls, Build Relationships

A 10-year-old interfaith dialogue between Mennonite and Muslim scholars – held in Canada and Iran over the years – continued in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada) in early June. The dialogue, hosted by Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), and co-hosted by Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and Conrad Grebel University was the fifth of its kind and brought ...More