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‘Emergent church’ theologian Peter Rollins brings provocative message to EMU

There is a scene in the 1993 movie Cool Runnings in which, on the eve of the Jamaican bobsled team’s improbable shot at Winter Olympics glory, the team’s coach – a disgraced former bobsledder stripped of a gold medal for cheating – offers a bit of final advice to his unlikely protégé. “A gold medal is a wonderful thing,” the coach says. “But if you’re not enough without ...More

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People of all types are welcome, indeed belong, at EMU’s table, say university leaders at convocation 2013

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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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Deirdre Smeltzer Named V-P and Undergrad Dean

Mathematics professor Deirdre L. Smeltzer, PhD, has been named vice president and undergraduate dean of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), beginning July 1, 2013. “Deirdre brings a wealth of experience as an outstanding teacher, scholar, and department chair,” said Provost Fred Knis ...More

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New Vice President To Set Competitive Pace in Fast-Growing Grad Programs

The next vice-president joining the presidential cabinet of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) will bring a skill-set rare in the leadership of academic institutions: decades of success as a business leader and owner. Jim Smucker, president and major shareholder of the Bird-in-Hand Corporation in Pennsylvania, will be the first full-time graduate dean of EMU, announced ...More

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Dynamic Duo Will Lead CJP Into New Era

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is moving into a new leadership era. J. Daryl Byler, JD, has been named as its next executive director, reporting to Provost Fred Kniss. Jayne Docherty, PhD, has been nam ...More

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Donald B. Kraybill to Pen EMU History

Donald B. Kraybill, the nation’s best-known writer on Amish and Mennonite culture, will be the principal author of a fresh history of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Its publication will coincide with EMU’s centennial celebrations in the fall of 2017. “We couldn’t imagine a better person to undertake this project,” said Provost ...More

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Luce Foundation Awards Grant To EMU’s Interfaith Work

A grant of $355,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation will spur the expansion of interfaith dialogue, peacebuilding and humanitarian service at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) over the next three years. The grant will be dispersed in increments of $119,000 in 20 ...More

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EMU Plans 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Commemoration

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) community will pause and reflect this week, along with the rest of the world, on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Sept. 11 brought devastating loss to thousands of people in New York City, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and around the world. It changed our worldview from “before 9/11″ to “after 9/1 ...More

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EMU sees increase in total contributions for 2011

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) experienced a growth of 15 percent over last year in total contributions for the 2011 fiscal year ending June 30. Total contributions were $5,627,312, up $744,555 from fiscal year 2010. “We are pleased that giving to the University Fund has remained strong, even as donors have begun making significant capital commitments to our campaign ...More