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A little guide to the workings of the United Nations, from a peacebuilding perspective

[Editor’s note: Originally published in Peacebuilder magazine a year ago, this article on the workings of the United Nations remains more relevant than ever, with UN agencies needing to play a major role in the fight to stop Ebola, as well as to bring an end to the d ...More

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Sunday school materials connect veterans, peace churches

Developers of a new Sunday school curriculum say it goes down a seldom-walked path — where pacifists accompany veterans toward peace. Released on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, the free six-week course focuses on biblical reflections and insights about trauma with significant input from a third source.“Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeki ...More

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Retired, long-time science and math professors recall teaching wide range of topics in original Suter building

A hammer banged away on the $7 million renovation project of Suter Science Center as six retired professors talked about their careers in the 46-year-old Eastern Mennonite University building. They gathered in the iconic 256-seat tiered SC-106 classroom on Oct. 11 as part of the 2014-15 Suter Science ...More

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Student wins award for speech that questions sponsor’s policy

In a 2014 bi-national peace oratorical contest, Eastern Mennonite University student Seth Stauffer won second place in a speech that questioned one of the policies of the contest’s sponsor, Mennonite Central Committee. The policy has to do with how people working with MCC talk about t ...More

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Distinguished Service Award: From Vietnam, to NYC, to Lancaster to home, Sensenig serves

Donald Sensenig’s journey of service as a missionary, pastor, refugee advocate, interpreter and restorative justice volunteer has taken him to the Bronx streets of New York City and the heart of Saigon in Vietnam, from Los Angeles barrios to refugee camps in Thailand and Honduras. Yet when Sensenig tells one of his favorite stories of victim-offender reconciliation, the setting is only ...More

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Biomedicine graduate program names first ‘scholar-in-residence’ – Joseph Longacher, MD

The graduate program in biomedicine at Eastern Mennonite University has appointed its first “scholar-in-residence.” He is Joseph Longacher, a physician who spent most of his career in Richmond, Virginia. Since the majority of the students in the two-year-old program are headed to careers in healthcare, it makes sense that the first scholar- ...More

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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