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After the tragic loss of her grandson, long-time victim advocate reflects on changing roles and restorative justice

When her 20-year-old grandson was murdered, long-time victim advocate Pamela Leonard, MA ’06 (conflict transformation), found herself suddenly in a new role. What she learned has strengthened her zeal for criminal justice reform. To read more about Eastern Mennonite University alumni involved in law, check out the summer issue of ...More

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Zehr Institute restorative justice experts tapped by media in the aftermath of Charleston church shooting

With the complex concepts of forgiveness and healing at the forefront in recent media coverage of the Charleston church shooting, Eastern Mennonite University professors Howard Zehr, PhD, and Carl S. Stauffer, PhD, co-directors of the Z ...More

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In Lancaster, ‘Concrete Steel & Paint’ film showing and panel to prompt discussion of restorative justice practices

The 2009 documentary “Concrete Steel & Paint,” a film produced and directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza, chronicles the discussions, dialogue, conflict and art of men and women – victims and offenders alike – involved in the Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program at ...More

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Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr ‘roasted’ during the celebration of anniversary edition of ‘Changing Lenses’

The Renaissance Mennonite. A friendly service dog. A teddy bear. A creative prankster. Hot Rod Howie. Many names were tossed at Howard Zehr the night of May 23, as his writing career and restorative justice work were humorously honored with a “roast” at Eastern Mennonite University. While most retiring professors of Zehr’s ...More

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Pakistan has positive lessons to offer the world, says CJP alumni award-winner Ali Gohar

Explaining why Ali Gohar was selected for a major award, he “has proven himself to be devoted to the well-being of the people of his home country of Pakistan – and neighboring Afghanistan,” said J. Daryl Byler ...More

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Spitzer Art Center’s featured artist, Howard Zehr, explores the beauty of aging

Spitzer Art Center’s May featured gallery artist is photographer Howard Zehr who explores the beauty of aging through a series of portraits and fall foliage. His photography exhibit titled “Autumn Leaves, Reflections of Aging” consists of three visual vignettes of aging, including pairings of Zehr’s bod ...More

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New Center for Justice and Peacebuilding logo provides distinctive branding with traditional symbolism

Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding recently released a new logo – a definitive rebranding that will carry the center’s renowned academic and training programs into the future. Since 1994, the center has utilized components of the university’s parent brand, with a more recent adoption of an icon, the dove carry ...More

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PAX service program, predecessor to the Peace Corps, recognized by Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence

In 1951, Jay “Junior” Lehman, then a 21-year-old farm boy from Ohio, sailed by freighter to Antwerp, Belgium. He was among the first wave of conscientious objectors to participate in a new alternative service program called Pax. Reaching their eventual destination in Germany, Lehman and about 20 draft-age men labored to turn Nazi poison-gas bunkers into housing for World War II refugees. ...More

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Harrisonburg police and community members join hands in offering restorative justice option

If one particular young man in Harrisonburg had stolen from his employer a few months earlier, he might have found himself standing before a judge, facing a possible jail sentence. Thanks to a new restorative justice program with the Harrisonburg Police Department (HPD), however, this young thief instead found himself facing his employer to tal ...More

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Everyone invited to celebrate Howard Zehr by attending his May 23 “roast”

Eastern Mennonite University is spotlighting restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr on May 23, 2015, a date chosen to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking work, Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice ...More