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Pastor’s farm work connects him with his rural congregants

Young seminary graduates typically seek pastoral positions in large suburban or urban congregations, but Brett Klingenberg craved something else. He grew up on a farm, loved farming and wanted to return to a rural congregation and farming as part of his ministry. At Eastern Mennonite Seminary, he felt restless until he found some farm work to do on the ...More

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Discovering ‘dynamic, changing, moving’ God when gathered ’round The Table

On a Sunday morning in an upstairs classroom at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, a group of people gather in a circle around a table. Though the setup isn’t immediately indicative of a church service, that’s what makes The Table different. The service, which started as week night get-togethers around town seven or eight years ago, ...More

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School for Leadership Training to focus on navigating touchy issues via discernment

Immigration, racism, sexuality, biblical authority, and politics are just a few of the issues that threaten to tear churches apart. How do churches and leaders find their way through these difficult issues? School for Leadership Training 2014 at Eastern Mennonite Seminary will focus on the theory and practice of discernment at all levels, fr ...More

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EMS alum named first female pastor of local church

Soon, a picture of the Rev. Beth Jarrett’s smiling face will be added to the collection of portraits hanging at Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren, but it will be markedly different from the others. Jarrett, who started leading the congregation tucked adjacently to Westover Park in August, is the first female head pastor of the church. ...More

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EMU, Seminary alumnus named president of Virginia Mennonite Missions

Aaron M. Kauffman of Harrisonburg, Va., was chosen by Virginia Mennonite Missions’ (VMM) 15-member Board of Directors as their next president at the October 18-19 meeting. Kauffman has extensive local and international mission experience serving most recently as VMM global ministries director and advancement associate since 2011. A seven-member sear ...More

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Seminary alum named to Mennonite Church USA post

Rachel Springer Gerber, a 2005 Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS) alum, was named as the new half-time denominational minister for youth and young adults by Mennonite Church USA. She begins this assignment Jan. 6, 2014, and will work from her home in Bloomington, Ind. In her new role, Gerber will provide resources for and facilitate connections be ...More

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EMU achieves record enrollment

Enrollment increased this fall by 8 percent over the previous fall at Eastern Mennonite University, counting all students enrolled in for-credit coursework. The numbers rose from 1,519 to 1,640, a record enrollment for this 96-year-old institution. In traditional undergraduate population, there was a 2 percent increase, from 912 to 929 students, based on head counts in early September 20 ...More

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Seminary alum ministers to soldiers in Afghanistan and other Army posts

John Jacobs Jr., the only chaplain in his U.S. Army battalion, stood on a blood-soaked plywood board as he conducted a worship service for soldiers at a tiny combat outpost in the mountains of Afghanistan. Many wounded soldiers had been brought to this spot for transport back to a base hospital. This lonely outpost was one of numerous stops for Jacobs ...More

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EMU Welcomes 12 Faculty Members for 2013-14

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) welcomes 12 new faculty members for the 2013-14 academic year. The new faculty, announced by provost Fred Kniss, are: Amy Gillespie, EdD, assistant professor of the practice of nursing ...More

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Distinguished Service Award: Ezra T. Peachey Devotes Life to Native Peoples in Remote Areas

Ezra T. Peachey ’54 (Seminary ’56) left his home in Belleville, Pa., in 1959 to drive 2½ days to remote northwestern Ontario. His initial mission, along with his wife Nannie and her sister and father, was to organize a two-week summer Bible school for native peoples in the small town of Red Lake at the end of a gravel road. ...More