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A Justice System at its Best

Courtesy Peacebuilder, Des Moines Register In March of 1994, in my former role as Bureau Chief in the Criminal Bureau of the Polk County (Iowa) attorney’s office, I read a troubling police report.  A few days earlier, members of the Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Des Moines awoke to find neo-Nazi graffiti scrawled on the side of their synagogue. There were no immediate suspects b ...More

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Restorative Justice Forefront of Online Course

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University will offer an online course that will explore the principles, values and challenges of restorative justice. “Restorative justice has come an incredible distance since the 1970s,” said Howard Zehr, co- ...More

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Can Restorative Justice Improve Prison Statistics for African Americans?

Article by Rebecca M. Stone – Women News Network – WNN Opinion CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Darryl is a 12-year-old African American boy whose mother, Ariel, is a single parent. Ariel left high school after becoming pregnant with Darryl and has struggled to find anything but minimum w ...More

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Nobel Prize Winner Connected to Peace-Church Tradition

One of the three women receiving the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Leymah Gbowee, is closely connected with the “peace-church tradition” of the Mennonites. Gbowee, who shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and ...More

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UN Exhibits Zehr’s Photos on Children of Prisoners

A branch of the United Nations (UN) is featuring Howard Zehr’s photo-portraits of the children of U.S. prisoners in an conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 30, 2011. The exhibit complements a major meeting of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Sept. 20, where UN officials will focus on rights and needs of children of incarcerated parents for the first time in hist ...More

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Gallery series opens with a look “Down to the River”

HARRISONBURG, VA. – The first public art exhibit of fall semester at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), which opens Saturday, Sept. 3, is featuring photography by Steven Johnson, Scott Jost and Howard Zehr in the Margaret Martin Gehman Art Gallery in University Commons. The show, “Down to the River,” documents the Shenandoah River and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. ...More

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James Madison University embraces restorative justice

In just three years, Josh Bacon has mobilized some 50 administrators and staff members in nearly a dozen departments sprawled across the 665-acre campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, to embrace restorative justice practices when dealing with each other and with students. Bacon says it is not a difficult “sell.” On ...More

Summer Peacebuilding Institute

SPI Learners Bring Hope from 23 Nations

Those entering the opening session of  Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) were handed felt markers and circles of fabric. Their assignment: “Tell what you bring here.” Faisa Loyaan’s contribution: “learning and sharing.” That Somalian guest’s response seemed typical among the 80 learners arriving from 23 nations for the annual gathe ...More

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Photo Show at Blandy Features Combined Work of Faculty Photographers

Three Shenandoah Valley photographers/professors are teaming up to present a show of their work at Blandy Experimental Farm, home of the State Arboretum of Virginia. “Leaf. Flower. Spiral. The Flow of Energy in the Natural World” opened Sunday, Feb. 13 with a reception from 3-5 p.m. Steven David Johnson, Scott Jost, and ...More

Latest ‘Peacebuilder’ Magazine Focuses on Lessons from Afghanistan and Pakistan

The spring/summer issue of Peacebuilder focuses on the 50 or so people based in Afghanistan and Pakistan who have come through the doors of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in the last 15 years and the lessons they have learned and shared. Read more… ...More