For two women from an Islamic seminary in Iran, one of the best parts about attending the 2014 Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University is experiencing an interactive style of teaching, where lengthy lectures are rare and role-playing is common.
“When you can joyfully sit and eat together,meaningfully pray together, and feel at home and close to God in one another’s holy sites, then surely you have really become intimate friends.” —Dr. Mohammad Shomali, Afterword, 5th Catholic Shi’a Dialogue
As the first session of Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More
When the Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) at Eastern Mennonite University brings people of different religions together to talk, what’s the point? Should everyone water down their beliefs in order to find as much agreement as possible? Or, at the opposite extreme, should they be trying to convert each other?
At a March 27, 2014, forum ...More
J. Daryl Byler’s 11th trip to Iran marks the culmination of nearly a quarter-century of bridge-building efforts between North American Mennonites and Iranians.
Byler, who is executive director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University, la ...More
Why would an explicitly Christian university go out of its way to bring Muslim and Jewish scholars to its campus to teach entire courses and interact every day with students?
That’s what is happening at Eastern Mennonite University.
“Interacting with people of other faiths builds friendship and understanding – something we sorely need in this world,” says ...More
The first visiting scholars at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) will teach several courses on Islam and contemporary issues in Iran during the coming academic year, their first full one at EMU.
A husband-and-wife team from Tehran, Iran, Amir Akrami and Sheida Shakouri Rad are splitting a faculty position ...More
A group of elementary schoolers, grades first through sixth, planted a Gold Star magnolia in front of the city’s mosque June 12. It will grow next to another tree planted by a different, though connected, group of children.
Dozens of youths from Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) Interfaith Peace Camp planted the first tree a few years ago. It now stands taller than many of ...More
A Muslim scholar from Iran is teaching at Eastern Mennonite University this academic year as part of a new three-year visiting scholar series.
Amir Akrami, from the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran, is teaching two courses during the spring semester 2013 – “Introduction to Islam” and “Issues in Islam.” During the fall semester he taught a non-credit mini-course on Isla ...More
The Center for Interfaith Engagement at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is offering a forum and film series to spark dialogue and encourage relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.
“Our goal is to increase understanding of Islam and Judaism within the EMU community and strengthen interfaith relationships in the Harrisonbur ...More
Scriptural scholars from the University of Virginia joined peers from others parts of North America at Eastern Mennonite University during the third week of June (2012) to experience “Mennonite influence, faithfulness and peacebuilding,” said Peter Ochs, co-founder of the annual Scriptural Reasoning Training Tour.
“The Mennonite community’s dedication to peace is a signif ...More