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Celebrating Service: Linda Alley plans to move ‘more fully’ into callings as spiritual director, retreat leader and writer

This year, several Eastern Mennonite University faculty and staff, among them Linda Lefever Alley, are moving into retirement after many years of service. To acknowledge their service and deep commitment to our community, we’ve offered the opportunity for them to share favorite memories of their time here, as well as advice for those of us still laboring onwards. We’re ...More

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‘Oasis’-themed School for Leadership Training revisions the metaphorical desert as a vital site of growth and rebirth

Inviting participants to “several days of learning that have the potential to transform us,” School for Leadership Training (SLT) coordinator Linda Alley welcomed about 200 people to this year’s event Jan. 18-20 at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg. And, indeed, over the course of three days, participants engaged in worship, w ...More

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Seminary’s annual School for Leadership Training focuses on resilience in a time of division and contention

Spiritual practices and tools for developing resilience are the focus of the annual School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary Jan. 18-20, 2016. “When we spoke to church leaders about what they really needed at this moment, many talked about being overwhelmed,” said ...More

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Ripple Church pastors find spiritual nourishment at seminary’s Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation

Imagine hearing the call to urban ministry, selling your lovingly renovated suburban farmhouse where you’ve lived for 25 years, and moving into an inner city apartment. Imagine your congregation shape-shifting into and out of spaces as it grows – a good problem – but one with its own stressors. Imagine one of your most fervent members being a man who lives under a bridge and ...More

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School for Leadership Training focuses on Mental Illness

“All congregations are touched in some way by mental illness,” said Linda Alley, coordinator for this year’s School for Leadership Training (SLT) at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. “Our goal is to help church leaders and congregations ...More

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Economy, Stewardship Focus of School for Leadership Training

Everence Financial and Eastern Mennonite to cosponsor upcoming event Spaces are filling up fast for this year’s School for Leadership Training (SLT) January 16-18, 2012 at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Plenary speaker Walter Brueggemann, and workshops on the theme “God and Mammon: Reframing Stewardship Amidst Abundance, Scarcity and Conflict” are contributing to an unpr ...More

2011 Seminary Leadership Training to Focus on the Role of the Holy Spirit

The 2011 School for Leadership Training (SLT) at Eastern Mennonite Seminary will explore the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. “The Work of the Spirit: Pentecost Remixed” is the theme for the January 17-19 event for pastors and church leaders. “The Spirit is real and working in many different ways,” said Linda Alley, SLT director. “What is exciti ...More

Prayer Labyrinth Dedicated at EMU

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Seminary Students Dig into Ministry

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EMS Labyrinth: A Prayerful Walking Space in Preparation

Brian Martin Burkholder and Wendy J. Miller display the design for the labyrinth being constructed on a EMU hillside site. Photo by Jim Bishop On the hillside a short walk up from Eastern ...More