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Research on the struggles of teenage girls – and the gifts they can offer the church – garners significant national award for Methodist seminary instructor

In her doctoral research, Emily Peck-McClain gathered thoughts from 24 girls from New York area Methodist churches that were both profound and disturbing. “There was a lot of silence from the church about the things that mattered most to them and they felt as though there were conditions for the church’s acceptance of the ...More

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School for Leadership Training to challenge churches to consider the ‘nones’

The Pew Research Center made news with its 2012 report that the fastest growing U.S. “denomination” was the “Nones,” the “religiously unaffiliated” who answer “none of the above” when asked which religious community they belong to. One-fifth of the U.S. population and one-third of adults under 30 do not identify with a particu ...More

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Seminary graduates head to diverse ministries, from Methodist pastorates to counseling

“This is a beginning disguised as an ending,” Jon Swartz told his classmates at Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s baccalaureate worship service. Swartz and 16 others received degrees and certificates on April 26, 2014. These graduates have big plans for ministry. Some e ...More

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Duke U. scholar, Methodist minister, to join Eastern Mennonite Seminary faculty

Christian formation curriculum, an integral part of studies at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, will be overseen by an ordained Methodist minister, Emily Peck-McClain, beginning in January 2015. After a thorough search process, Peck-McClain has been hired as assistant professor of Christian formation, preaching and worship, said ...More

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School for Leadership Training to focus on navigating touchy issues via discernment

Immigration, racism, sexuality, biblical authority, and politics are just a few of the issues that threaten to tear churches apart. How do churches and leaders find their way through these difficult issues? School for Leadership Training 2014 at Eastern Mennonite Seminary will focus on the theory and practice of discernment at all levels, fr ...More

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Saner Named Seminary, Bible and Religion Professor

Andrea Saner will help Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS) and undergraduate students find connections between the ancient texts of the Old Testament and our modern world and church life. The newest member of the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and seminary faculty, Saner has been named assistant professor of Old Testament and Hebrew language. ...More

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On Churches Hearing, Holding, and Hoping Amid Mental Health Challenges

We tend to see mental illness as something that happens out there, to stigmatized strangers on the fringe of our churches, when in fact mental illness affects our families, friends, loved ones, congregants, and many of us personally. In short, mental illness is experienced by everyone in church communities – by “us” and our loved ones, not just by “them.” This was the recurren ...More

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Shocked Beyond Words by Sandy Hook… We Must Pray and Act

Dear Community and Friends of EMU: All of us in the EMU community mourn with the families and community of Newtown, Connecticut. We are shocked beyond words and we struggle to know how to pray and act, but we must pray (even if in silence) and we must act. Something is horribly wrong in a society where little children and others regularly fear for their lives. While we are underst ...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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Eastern Mennonite Seminary teams up with Wesley Theological Seminary

Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS) and Wesley Theological Seminary (WTS) are teaming up to provide more opportunities for United Methodist students at both schools. “Eastern Mennonite Seminary seeks to be fully accountable to the United Methodist University Senate, which has asked that non-Methodist seminaries approved to teach Methodist students ...More