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Mercy works, to house those without homes

Soon after graduating from Eastern Mennonite College in 1970 Roy Early opened a photography studio in the Park View area of Harrisonburg. In the late 1970s he moved the business downtown. It was a time of growth for the then-small community, and the people who were being left behind by the changing times were visible in the area around Early’s ...More

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Thousands throng to new music festival made possible by many folks with ties to EMU

From a headlining act to the bike-powered recycling effort, from a group of staff and volunteers to the tent distributing Menno Tea to hundreds of friends and alumni, EMU and its graduates helped make the second annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival a success. Close to 3,000 people attended each day of the festival, July 11-13, 2014, at ...More

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Extra innings needed to fix Suter Center for all purposes

When editor-in-chief Bonnie Price Lofton invited me to comment on the status of the Suter Science Campaign exactly one year ago, I opted for the venerable baseball metaphor – “we are rounding third base and heading for home!” At that time, we needed to raise $1.6 million in new commitments to reach our goal of $7 million. ...More

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It’s summertime and the living is . . . (well, not easy) – it’s really, really busy on campus

From August to April, students are the life blood of Eastern Mennonite University. After that, the faces on campus may be less familiar, but EMU’s heart keeps beating strong with summertime institutes and programs, sports camps, renovation and maintenance work, and groups who rent campus facilities. ...More

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EMU to host Virginia Private College Week, July 28-Aug. 2

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is inviting students to discover the educational opportunities available in their own back yard. EMU is among 24 schools participating in the 18th annual Virginia Private College Week, July 28 – August 2, 2014, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges ...More

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Bach Festival pairs seasoned performers with youthful, rising stars like 14-year-old Emma Resmini

Flutist Emma Resmini’s YouTube channel, loaded with 83 classical performances from her recital repertoire since age six, has garnered 2.63 million views from around the world. If each view represents a unique person, that number would fill 152 NBA-sized arenas. Resmini bega ...More

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Desire to address, heal, traumatic legacy of U.S. slavery sparks growth in Coming to the Table group

Sessions at Coming to the Table are rarely easy. Despite the time separating current Americans from the era of legal slavery in the United States, the wounds of racial injustice remain fresh for the descendants of slaves, especially in the face of ignorance or denial of these wounds. At the 2014 annual meeting of Coming to the Tab ...More

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Acclaimed artists and musical diversity characterize 22nd Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival

Ludwig van Beethoven said that his fellow German composer Johann Sebastian Bach was “the immortal god of harmony.” It has now been over two centuries since Bach’s death, but as the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival enters its 22nd season, the music of the old master is as alive as ever. The festival, founded by EMU ...More

Women's Peacebuilding Cohort

Kenyan group begins Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program at EMU

Among the 200 people studying at the 2014 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) are eight Kenyan women in the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP). Ranging in age from 23 to 51, the women come from across Kenya and work for a variety of NGOs or in academia. Now in its third year, ...More

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Volunteers discover power of playback theater to shift painful stories toward path of healing

When volunteers were solicited, nobody immediately stepped forward. It was a tough request: tell a painful personal story before an audience of maybe 40, many of them strangers to each other, and watch seven people trained in playback theater re-tell it through an impromptu performance. Yet Muhammad Afdillah—a visiting scholar with Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More