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From Solferino to peacebuilding – Lisa Schirch’s family tradition of humanitarianism

This essay by EMU research professor Lisa Schirch, PhD, was first published on the website of the International Committee of the Red Cross on June 23, 2014. As background context, June 24 marks the 1 ...More

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EMU alumna’s SALT term gives birth to new career

Twenty-three-year-old Tessa Gerberich from Myerstown, Pa., hoped to have the opportunity to help deliver at least one baby during her year-long service term in Jos, Nigeria. To date, she’s helped to deliver 25. “Helping women deliver their babies leaves me in awe of the simple, yet complex miracle of birth,” said Gerberich, who studied nursing at Eastern Mennonite University in Har ...More

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Congolese, Rwandan groups work together for peaceful homecoming

In spite of tense relationships between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring Rwanda, two Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) partner organizations, one on each side of the border, are working together to support the peaceful return of Rwandan refugees to their home country. [Michael J. Sharp, a 2005 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, ...More

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Syrian archbishop leaves EMU abruptly to rally his flock to return to their historic, destroyed city and rebuild their lives

Two days of arduous traveling from war-torn Syria to peaceful Harrisonburg, Virginia. Four days in a class called “PeaceTalk: English Language Skills for Peacebuilders.” Then suddenly rushing back to Syria, again navigating many difficulties to arrive at his freshly gutted church in Homs, Syria. This was the experience of Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, a prominent Syriac Orthodox (Catholi ...More

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Iranian-Islamic women scholars embrace model of interactive teaching at Summer Peacebuilding Institute

For two women from an Islamic seminary in Iran, one of the best parts about attending the 2014 Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University is experiencing an interactive style of teaching, where lengthy lectures are rare and role-playing is common. ...More

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Well-known scholar leads group of Iranian women from their Islamic seminary to the Summer Peacebuilding Institute

“When you can joyfully sit and eat together,meaningfully pray together, and feel at home and close to God in one another’s holy sites, then surely you have really become intimate friends.” —Dr. Mohammad Shomali, Afterword, 5th Catholic Shi’a Dialogue As the first session of Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More

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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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Why EMU has a heart for mental healthcare

The first night at Western State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia, was horribly memorable. Emory Layman, assigned by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to work as an attendant at the mental hospital during World War II, was shown to a bed in a cramped office, just off the noisy ward full of patients, many of them shackled to their beds. He later wrote: I shall never forget that first ni ...More