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The First and the Foremost: Summer Peacebuilding Institute

In the summer of 1994, about 40 peace and development workers gathered on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University for a one-week seminar called “Frontiers in International Peacebuilding.” It was the first official event held by what is now known as the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, or CJP, which was then so fledgling ...More

Laotian Students Seek to Eradicate Unexploded Ordnance

Left: Khamseng Homdouangxay of Vientiane, Laos and Phounsy Phasavaeng of Sekong Province, Laos, display a shoulder bag han ...More

Peacebuilding Institute Opens with ‘Ritual of the Americas’

Nancy Beall Hedren (l.) and Tin Tin Yee, a CJP student from Burma perform the dance of the eagle and condor as part of a ‘Ritual of the Amer ...More

Tenth Summer Peacebuilding Institute Opens

L. to r.: Valerie Helbert, Laura Schildt and Kerry Saner of the United States and Vaweka Djayerombe from the Democratic Republic of Congo lead SPI participants in a “peace song&# ...More

SPI Adjunct Faculty Member to Head MCC

Dr. Robert William Davis Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), Akron, Pa., announced that Dr. Robert William Davis has been appointed the next executive director of the 85-year-old r ...More

Faith and Politics Intersect at Upcoming Conference

by Marla Pierson Lester AKRON, Pa.- Earl and Pat Hostetter Martin grew up in Mennonite homes where politics remained separate from their parents’ lives, where voting wa ...More

On Abu Ghraib and war itself: See through relativism of abuse

By Earl Martin and Pat Hostetter Martin As religious pacifists, we have grieved deeply – with the rest of the world – over the images of dehumanization that have emerged from the Abu Ghraib prison. We want to avert our eyes from those images and tell ourselves that these horrendous abuses did not really happen. But they did happen. And, anguished as we are, we mu ...More

Peacebuilding Groups Gather From Around the World

(L. to r.): Elizabeth Nsarkoh from Wast Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI); Manjrika Sewak (partially hidden) and Ameet Dhakal, both from the Asian-Pacific partnership for Peace; and Emmanuel Bombande, also of WAPI, take part in a discu ...More

Widow of Nairobi Bombing Helps Others Heal

Doreen Ruto from Nairobi, Kenya, now a student in EMU’s Conflict Transformation Program, tells her story at a Summer Peacebuilding Institute luncheon meeting. Ph ...More