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Center for Justice and Peacebuilding announces new restorative justice certificate

This summer, Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) will introduce a new certificate program for restorative justice practitioners. The program is open to all interested in furthering their postgraduate educations and aimed particularly at mid-career pr ...More

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee to speak at 2014 commencement

Leymah Gbowee, co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, will give the address at Eastern Mennonite University’s 96th commencement on Sunday, April 27. Gbowee is a 2007 graduate of EMU, with a master ...More

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It’s their home – helping inmates live outside walls

The twisting corridors and ad-hoc floor plan suggest a history of repeated additions and expansions to the Gemeinschaft Home, which once again is bursting at the seams. In late 2013, a closet-building campaign was launched to ensure the growing number of residents of the home – which helps former inmates find work and provides various therapeutic services as they transition to life out ...More

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First mediation center in state

Harrisonburg’s Fairfield Center– known for most of its 32-year history as the Community Mediation Center – has a long record of leadership in promoting and practicing creative problem-solving in Virginia. Founded as an alternative to the court system for mediating disputes in the community, the Fairfield Center (the name used throughout this story for consistency’s sake) took its first ...More

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Veterans’ suicides remembered by EMU students, faculty and staff

Veterans Day 2013 was remembered at Eastern Mennonite University with 242 dog tags hung from a tree along a well-traveled footpath near the center of campus. Two graduate students, Michael McAndrew and Katrina Gehman, began hanging 22 dog tags per day at the beginning of November, marking the average number of U.S. military veterans who commit suicide every 24 hours, culminating in 242 t ...More

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Alum Discusses Intervention and “When to Step Up”

Emily Benner took a step toward the noisy group of men on the train, just as one began to unbuckle his pants. “Hi! Can I sit down?” she recalls asking after a few tense moments. Her audience, a D.C. Metro car full of passengers, was rapt. Benner — unassuming in stature, in her mid-20s with naturally blonde hair and an Ea ...More

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Nobel Prize Winner Connected to Peace-Church Tradition

One of the three women receiving the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Leymah Gbowee, is closely connected with the “peace-church tradition” of the Mennonites. Gbowee, who shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and ...More

Prof Edits Book on Trauma Healing

Barry Hart, associate professor of conflict and trauma studies at EMU A specialist in trauma healing at EMU has edited a book on the subject, published by University Press of America. Barrett ...More

Making a Big Difference in Just Three Years

In August 2001, Gopar Tapkida, his wife Monica, and three daughters (then ages 9, 5, and 3 months) headed home to Jos, Nigeria, where Tapkida planned to explore ways to apply his newly earned masters degree in conflict transformation. Instead they found themselves cowering with 10 ...More

Peacebuilder Magazine

Read the summer edition of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s official magazine. This issue focuses on change and transition. Read more… ...More