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Candlelight vigil seeks nonviolent solution to Syrian conflict

Um Ghadeer arrived in Aman, Jordan, after a 300-mile journey with her husband and four children from Aleppo, Syria, after their home was destroyed in the country’s civil war. In her one-room home, the Sunni Muslim refugee served tea to Daryl Byler, who worked for an international humanitarian organization in Jordan for six ye ...More

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Carnival highlights concern for earth, community and social justice, with EMU support

A free arts carnival coming to Harrisonburg this week will highlight the connections between environmental stewardship and theology and shed a light on “cutting edge” environmental work being done in the area. The Carnival de Resistance, which starts Friday [Sept. 13] and will run through Sept. 22, will feature theatrical performances, crafts, games, music and co ...More

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Zehr covered by major media in United Kingdom

The BBC World News Service turned to a world-renowned expert on restorative justice, Dr. Howard Zehr of Eastern Mennonite University, in asking, “How are people able to forgive a crime like the murder of a loved one?” For an article published on Aug. 19, 2013, BBC re ...More

Convocation - Spring semester 2011

Provost Argues for Valuing “Tributaries” Beyond the Religious Mainstream

Provost Fred Kniss ’79 encouraged an international cross-section of academics hearing his keynote address to the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) to consider the religious “tributaries, eddies and crosscurrents” that inform the so-called “mainstream” faiths. Kniss’s spee ...More

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Resiliency After Trauma of War

After he got back from the war, Mark Lauro couldn’t pick up his young son without thinking about that night in Iraq. He was an Army National Guard sergeant with a company deployed in 2007 to provide security for military supply convoys. Lauro was in an armored vehicle running reconnaissance a few kilometers ahead of the others, keeping an eye out for trouble and choosing the ...More

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South Pacific Women Challenge Abuses

In Olga Hamadi’s line of work as a human rights lawyer in West Papua, death threats are common. Violence and human rights violations are plentiful and sorely overlooked, Hamadi said, and police and military personnel who victimize her clients often turn the blame on her. While there are many lawyers in West Papua – one of two Indonesian provinces on the Southwest Pacific isla ...More

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Students Earn Credits Off Campus, Learning in New Ways and New Places

Bekah Enns’ great-grandparents would not recognize the way she is pursuing an academic degree in 2013. For one thing, the senior history major at Eastern Mennonite University spent last semester off campus, testing her work skills in her three academic minors—pre-law, political science, and ...More

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Egypt Trip Shows Common Ground of Seminary and Peacebuilding

Ever since 2011, Egypt has featured prominently in U.S. news. But what do U.S. citizens, especially Christians, really know about the country? Matthew Bucher and Greta Shenk are teaming up with Virginia Mennonite Missions to help Christians learn more about Egypt through a two-week “Partners in Mission” trip, June 11-24, 2013. “I want us ...More

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Gather at the Table, a Book on Race Relations, Takes Off Nationwide

Gather at the Table, a book about two individuals exploring their vastly different histories – one being an African-American woman descended from slavery and the other a European-American man descended from slave owners and traders – is garnering national attention, with Barnes and Noble making it one of its monthly picks and radio and T ...More

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Paintings, Pottery and Photography Combine in a “Beautiful Peace”

Paintings, pottery, photography and art come together in a show by Lisa Schirch, peacebuilding artist and practitioner-in-residence, on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m., in the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) library gallery. “Pax Bellissima,” which means “beautiful peace” in Latin, uses three mediums to illustrate and articulate the use of arts as a practice of ref ...More