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Rachel Held Evans: Millenials need church to be a ‘safe place to wrestle with tough questions,’ honor differences

When popular Christian author and blogger Rachel Held Evans came to Eastern Mennonite University last week, one student cleared her schedule. First-year seminarian Lindsay Davis was at each of Evans’ appearances: morning chapel, an afternoon reading and discussion with an undergraduate Anabaptist Biblical Values class and an evening lecture. Reprising themes she explores in her books, ...More

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Author who left Amish returns to EMU to launch new book

In recent history, so-called “bonnet fiction” has flourished. That is, fabricated stories relating to the Amish or plain Mennonite cultures, often written by authors not from one of those backgrounds and sometimes critiqued for lacking in accuracy. But executives at Herald Press, the publishing branch of Harrisonburg-based Mennomedia, ...More

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Well-known psychologist returns to EMU to discuss research on relationships and interdependence

During a recent lecture at Eastern Mennonite University, James Coan, PhD, demonstrated why his work has been widely featured in both the academic and popular presses. Coan, associate professor of clinical psychology and director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Virginia, struc ...More

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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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At third annual Walk for Hope, EMU alumni to perform and speak in support of depression and suicide awareness

The Steel Wheels are cruising into Eastern Mennonite University from a Northeast tour on Saturday, March 29, just in time for a cause close to their hearts. A few years ago, songwriter and lead singer Trent Wagler ’02 wrote “Lay Down Lay Low,” based on the true story of a friend who contemplated suicide but did not go through with it. That song ...More

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Leadership tips acquired as the CEO of retirement communities with multi-million-dollar budgets

Raised on a family farm five miles west of what was then Eastern Mennonite College. Attended Rosedale Bible Institute for a year. Entered EMC to do pre-med. Went to Japan for his junior year. Returned and switched to history. And ended up spending almost all of his professional life at the helm of re ...More

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Muslim scholars from Iran offer profound insights, understandings, to Center for Interfaith Engagement

The Center for Interfaith Engagement at Eastern Mennonite University has been hosting two outstanding Muslim scholars from Iran, who are also a married couple. Their unusual journey, from a country with no diplomatic relations with the United States to the welcoming atmosphere of EMU, reflects their devotion to interfaith engagement and optimistic pe ...More

Writers Read features compelling novelist who taps her Pakistani and Dutch background

Sorayya Khan – a Pakistani-Dutch-American writer who combines cross-cultural sensibilities with lyrical, haunting prose on war and its impact on humanity – is the last Writers Read guest of the year on Thursday, Mar. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Common Grounds at EMU. Khan is the author of two novels, Noor (2003) and Five Queen’s Road (2009), both with story lines that hig ...More

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Vincent Harding, close friend of MLK, urges EMU community to meet challenge of building a true democracy

More than 50 years after his first visit to campus, social activist and scholar Vincent Harding returned to EMU on Feb. 26 and 27, where he urged packed audiences to engage fully in the struggle to build a real participatory democracy based on justice, equality, sustainability and spiritual fulfillment, rather than on militarism, materialism and racism – or indeed on any form of discriminatio ...More

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Palestinian Christian tries to bridge divides separating Christian, Jewish and Muslim neighbors

Salim Munayer is a citizen of a small nation that casts a giant shadow on the world stage. Small enough to fit four within the borders of Virginia, the modern state of Israel is a land of deep history and intractable conflict. Munayer’s mosaic of identities gave his four presentations at EMU, Feb. 20-21, the ring of authenticity. Palestinian. Christian. Arab. From a family whose lands ...More