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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


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


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

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Ali Gohar of Pakistan is first to receive CJP award for outstanding service

Marking its 20th anniversary year during 2014-15, the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) will be conferring its first Alumni Award for Outstanding Service on Ali Gohar, a Pakistani national who earned a CJP master’s degree in 2002 on a Fulbright scholarship. “This award will be given annually for CJP alumni who have demonstrated exceptiona ...More

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Restorative justice alum Joseph Luciani garners national attention by dramatically reducing suspensions in LA schools

One Los Angeles school has experienced a “tectonic” decrease in suspensions, with more L.A. schools preparing to follow suit, as a result of the restorative disciplinary efforts of Joseph Luciani, a 2013 master’s graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Luciani’ ...More


Unique restorative justice coursework offered to educators in Lancaster area

The restorative justice coursework within Eastern Mennonite University’s MA in education program – the first of its kind in the United States when launched in the fall in Harrisonburg, Virginia – will be available to educators in the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania beginning Jan ...More

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EMU’s link to the president of Somalia traced to the efforts of one female graduate student, now holding a PhD

The trail of the president of Somalia to Eastern Mennonite University goes back 14 years to Khadija Ossoble Ali. In 2000, when Ali was a graduate student in conflict transformation at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, she encouraged a family friend, now-president ...More

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Our man in Mexico – Howard Zehr – gets mistaken for a famous Mexican poet, so they decide to meet …

Settling in before a major public appearance in Mexico, restorative justice expert Howard Zehr was strolling through the market in Victoria, Tamaulipas. It was July 2, a day before he was to be the keynote speaker at the First National Conference of Alternative Dispute Resoluti ...More


County needs to ask more questions regarding alternatives to jail before building another facility

Restorative justice expert Howard Zehr is the author of the following op-ed piece on the need to examine alternatives to constantly building more space in EMU’s home region to incarcerate more and more people. Having worked with justice and correctional issues for almost 40 years, I am pleased that county officials are looking at alternatives to building a new ja ...More


Desire to address, heal, traumatic legacy of U.S. slavery sparks growth in Coming to the Table group

Sessions at Coming to the Table are rarely easy. Despite the time separating current Americans from the era of legal slavery in the United States, the wounds of racial injustice remain fresh for the descendants of slaves, especially in the face of ignorance or denial of these wounds. At the 2014 annual meeting of Coming to the Tab ...More