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Peacebuilding and development major Seth Stauffer wins annual peace oratory contest

“The Christian peace position is a radical thing,” began Seth Stauffer in his winning speech, “The Danger of MCC’s Own Single Story,” at Eastern Mennonite University’s C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest held last month in Martin Chapel. Stauffer, a second-year ...More

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Iranian women scholars to study at Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Ten Iranian women from the world’s largest Shi’a Islam seminary will attend Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) for three weeks in May. Their arrival will mark the first visit to the United States by female scholars from the seminary, Jami’at al-Zahra in Qom, Iran. The ten women—doctoral students at the s ...More

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EMU, MCC leaders nurture warm relationship with Islamic scholars in Iran

J. Daryl Byler’s 11th trip to Iran marks the culmination of nearly a quarter-century of bridge-building efforts between North American Mennonites and Iranians. Byler, who is executive director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University, la ...More

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EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement promotes friendship and understanding among those who believe differently

Why would an explicitly Christian university go out of its way to bring Muslim and Jewish scholars to its campus to teach entire courses and interact every day with students? That’s what is happening at Eastern Mennonite University. “Interacting with people of other faiths builds friendship and understanding – something we sorely need in this world,” says ...More

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Friend, confidant, of Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at EMU – 52 years after first visit in segregated era

When civil rights leader Vincent Harding visited Eastern Mennonite University 52 years ago, he knew that Mennonites had refused to own slaves during the slavery era. But he was surprised to see in 1962 that they were doing little to protest segregation and other racial injustices around them. Harding also knew that EMU was the first historically white colleges in Virginia to admit Africa ...More

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Meet the drone-toting Riehls – radicals in their 80s?

“He needs me to go with him when he has the drone,” Marie Riehl says, referring to her husband, Daniel. It takes both Riehls to load this drone into their vehicle. Behind the driver’s wheel, Daniel relies on Marie’s eyes to compensate for his partly obstructed view. Interviewed in their living room, the Riehls speak of drones that conduct surveillance and drop bombs, of military ...More

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Near-home “cross-culturals” prove to be life-changing too

For most EMU undergrads, cross-cultural study entails deepening their knowledge of humanity in such settings as South Korea, Eastern Europe or the Galapagos. Yet others find equally life-changing experiences in their own backyards. Since 2001, EMU has offered the “local context cross-cultural” program for students whose work and/or fami ...More

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Sunny skies for 1,000 volunteers behind Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale

The calendar declared that it’s autumn, but Mother Nature decided to stick with summer at least one more weekend, providing a warm backdrop for heated bidding and buying at the 47th annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. Sunny skies prevailed and temperatures topped out at 85 degrees by the height of the sale early S ...More

EMU professor, MCC representative fast for reform

Each morning, before heading to work at Eastern Mennonite University, nursing professor Ann Graber Hershberger chows down on breakfast. When she goes home, her angry stomach demands dinner, and she obliges. Her lack of lunch isn’t an oversight or a necessary negligence d ...More

EMU alum, local doctor makes lifetime commitment to health

Bergton local Dr. Linford Gehman graduated from high school in the early 1950s. Much like many recent high school graduates today, the then 18-year-old Gehman was unsure about what to study in college. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” he admits. Gehman decided to take a break before pursing a degree, and spent the next two years working at a porcelain plant in Pennsylvan ...More