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County needs to ask more questions regarding alternatives to jail before building another facility

Restorative justice expert Howard Zehr is the author of the following op-ed piece on the need to examine alternatives to constantly building more space in EMU’s home region to incarcerate more and more people. Having worked with justice and correctional issues for almost 40 years, I am pleased that county officials are looking at alternatives to building a new ja ...More

Fearing that the kids are not all right with high-stakes testing

The kids are not all right. Another high-stakes testing season is winding down, and the school year is finishing with a clap of silence and emptied boxes of No. 2 pencils or, more likely, flickering computer screens. Some kids will seem fine with the testing. Some will even think the tests are fun. Others will worry to the point of nausea and visits to the nurse. Some will label themselves smar ...More

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Syrian archbishop leaves EMU abruptly to rally his flock to return to their historic, destroyed city and rebuild their lives

Two days of arduous traveling from war-torn Syria to peaceful Harrisonburg, Virginia. Four days in a class called “PeaceTalk: English Language Skills for Peacebuilders.” Then suddenly rushing back to Syria, again navigating many difficulties to arrive at his freshly gutted church in Homs, Syria. This was the experience of Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, a prominent Syriac Orthodox (Catholi ...More

Luke Hartman: Faithful living as a Christian responsibility, part III

Luke A. Hartman is Vice President for Enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University, and a member of the Communities of Hope Team for Mennonite Church USA. In August 2012 he presented ...More

Luke Hartman: Down with diversity or diversity as gift? Part II

Luke A. Hartman is vice president for enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University, and a member of the Communities of Hope Team for Mennonite Church USA. In August 2012 he presented ...More

Luke Hartman: Diversity is not a choice, part I

Luke A. Hartman is vice president for enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University, and a member of the Communities of Hope Team for Mennonite Church USA. In August 2012 he presented ...More

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Be a risk-taker and a change-maker, Nobel Peace Prize winner tells class of 2014

Courtesy of Caleb Soptelean, Daily News Record, April 28, 2014 “Dare to be laughed at, mocked and scorned.” A Nobel Peace Prize winner gave those words of advice to Eastern Mennonite University’s graduates Sunday afternoon. ...More

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EMU-seminary alum reflects on the beauty and joy of life’s messes

A beautiful mess is the title I would give my attempt to make applesauce this year. The only logical explanation for why I would undertake processing two bushels of apples with the help of my infant son and toddler daughter is that I’m optimistic (or that I have caved under the pressure to have Instagram-able moments of motherhood). However, it is exactly that kind of crazy optimis ...More

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Those horses you see pulling black buggies might be retired champions

Writer Andrew Jenner, a 2004 graduate, begins here by explaining the EMU-regional angle to his (following) article on a man who buys former racehorses in Pennsylvania to be used to pull Amish and Old Order Mennonite buggies around the country. Bobby gets competitive on the way to church. He’ll lean into his harness if he senses another horse and buggy behind him, and if o ...More

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Children’s choir, youth orchestra combine for annual fall concert, Nov. 24

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir and Shenandoah Valley Youth Orchestra – both of which fall under the Eastern Mennonite University umbrella – have started a tradition of typically convening once annually, just before Thanksgiving. The goal is educational in two ...More