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Gift and Thrift and Booksavers, managed by alumna Deb King, set for $3.8M expansion

Gift & Thrift and Booksavers of Virginia, the reclaimed goods stores benefiting Mennonite Central Committee, are about to grow. Officials with the businesses held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning to celebrate an upcoming $3.8 million expansion project at their 731 Mount Clinton Pike location. ...More

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Faculty and staff open homes and hearts during EMU’s annual Spiritual Life Week

Spiritual Life Week is an annual tradition at Eastern Mennonite University – a rich diversity of opportunities for the campus community to join together in various forums to share about walking and living a life of faith. The theme this year was the question, “Why do I continue to ‘choose’ Jesus?” The late February event features nightly faculty/staff sharing and convers ...More

Ben Bailey and Deb King co-founded the (L)earn-a-Bike program, which teaches young offenders about bike mechanics. (Photo by Cody XX)

‘Restorative justice on two wheels’: young bike mechanics learn and grow through Gift & Thrift program

Witness this office meeting space turn into something different, a bit like Bruce Wayne’s Bat Cave: The wide boardroom table slides out of the way, the wall tapestries roll up to reveal pegboards filled with bicycle repair tools. Suddenly, a bike shop is born. But this isn’t just any bike shop. It’s a bike shop with a mission, as befits the people and their values who use the administrati ...More

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Bike capital, where riders are gearing up to lead the way

In 2010, a new class made its first appearance in EMU’s course catalog: bicycle maintenance, taught by Ben Wyse ’99. That was the same year that the university cooperated with the City of Harrisonburg to paint bike lanes along Park Road through campus, while Bible and religion professor Peter Dula ’92 helped a group of students found EMU’s bike coop, an ...More

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Bible Students Explore Emerging Church, Set Future Foundation

Bible students are different now than they were in the 1990s when Peter Dula was a student at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Students now, says Dula, Bible and religion department chair, want to “experiment” with what it means to be church and “dig deep into the meaning of Anabaptism, ...More