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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

Use of Restorative Justice Improves Campus Behavior

After more than a decade of ushering misbehaving students at James Madison University (JMU) through hearings on their conduct, sanctions, and other legalistic steps, Josh Bacon was ready for a change. “I went into educational leadership and student affairs because I cared about young adults and their futures,” he says. “But that’s not how they perceived me – ...More

U.S. Names Zehr to High-Level Advisory Group

Restorative justice expert and CJP professor Howard Zehr The United States government has named restorative justice expert Howard Zehr to be one of six members of a new Victims Advisory Group, a move tha ...More

Learning a Lesson from Moses

This article was originally published in the Church Times. Dr. Howard Zehr “I HAVE A DREAM,” intones the gentle, bespectacled man at the podium. “Dr Martin Luther King ...More

Peacebuilder Magazine

Read the summer edition of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s official magazine. This issue focuses on change and transition. Read more… ...More

Exploring Restorative Justice: Peacebuilders, crime victims and ex-prisoners

Crime victims, offenders and communities share a stake in restorative justice. At the just-completed Summer Peacebuilding Institute at EMU, two courses brought stakeholders face-to-face. A former Virginia prisoner studied with peacebuilders from around the world in a May course, “Restorative Justice: The Promise, the Challenge.” ...More