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The First and the Foremost: Summer Peacebuilding Institute

In the summer of 1994, about 40 peace and development workers gathered on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University for a one-week seminar called “Frontiers in International Peacebuilding.” It was the first official event held by what is now known as the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, or CJP, which was then so fledgling ...More

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Why I marched for 10 hours with farmers in Colombia

This essay by senior writing major Lani Prunés pertains to an experience she had while on her EMU cross-cultural in the spring of 2013. Lani is a native of Philadelphia, where she is active in Oxford Circle Mennonite Church. All along, Colombia’s leading politicians have told the leaders of displaced peoples in rural regions to be quiet about their struggle to survive. Last A ...More

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Laying Down the Law at Harvard

Graduating with a liberal arts degree and a minor in pre-law from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2010, Karissa Sauder wanted to challenge herself in the legal field but maintain a foundation of peacebuilding and conflict resolution. She found that unique blend at Harvard. ...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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Unprecedented Conference on ‘Attachment’ Coming to EMU

What are healthy attachments, why do we need them, and how can we form them? In answering these questions, we can discover how to be fully human. So say the organizers of an “attachment conference” to be led by experts from across North America gathering at EMU in the spring of 2011. Conference is first of its kind ...More

Noted Peacebuilder to Speak on Campus April 15

A world-renown mediator, strategist and catalyst for peace will give a public address Thursday, Apr. 15, at EMU. John Paul Lederach John Paul Lederach, the co-founding director of the Conflict Transformation Program at EMU, now the Cente ...More

Notre Dame gives Lederach peacebuilding award

John Paul Lederach, professor and founding director of the Conflict Transformation Program at EMU John Paul Lederach, professor and founding director of the Conflict Transformation Program at ...More

Professor Wins Two Major Peace Awards

Howard Zehr, a professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University, is the 2006 recipient of the annual Community of Christ International Peace Award, one of the world ...More

Nicaraguans Honor Lederach for Global Peace Efforts

John Paul Lederach (r.) wearing the Martin Luther King Order of Peace medal with two colleagues from the Conciliation Commission that helped bring peace to N ...More

Peacebuilding Program to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Hundreds of visitors and local residents will gather in Harrisonburg, Va., the first weekend in June to celebrate the first decade of a program that has grown to be one of the most-recognized peacebuilding centers in the world. The Conflict Transformation Program (CTP) at Eastern Mennonite University began with the enrollment of two American graduate ...More