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Alumni contribute to 3rd Way Collective ministry at Penn State, inspiring faith connections to peace and justice issues

The newest pastor at University Mennonite Church (UMC) in State College, Pennsylvania, never seems to be in the actual church building, and the advisory team that relates to him doesn’t mind. In what is likely the first Mennonite ministry of its kind, 3rd Way Collective and UMC campus minister Ben Wideman operate almost exclusively on the ...More

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Restorative justice experts join in Zehr Institute’s 3-year project to map the future of the field

A three-year project to envision and map a positive future for restorative justice began in mid-2015 with a five-day meeting of 36 people drawn from a wide range of backgrounds by the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). “We sought to bring together a cross-section of restorative ...More

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Pakistan has positive lessons to offer the world, says CJP alumni award-winner Ali Gohar

Explaining why Ali Gohar was selected for a major award, he “has proven himself to be devoted to the well-being of the people of his home country of Pakistan – and neighboring Afghanistan,” said J. Daryl Byler ...More

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Mennonite education provided to Afghan-American Muslim woman leads her to key roles in world peacebuilding

The culturally mixed background of the Afghan-American Muslim keynote speaker fit well with the diverse attendees from 21 countries at the first “Frontier Luncheon” during the six-week Summer Peacebuilding Institute. Palwasha L. Kakar told the audience of about 100 that her religious faith underpins all her efforts to empower wom ...More

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Ali Gohar of Pakistan is first to receive CJP award for outstanding service

Marking its 20th anniversary year during 2014-15, the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) will be conferring its first Alumni Award for Outstanding Service on Ali Gohar, a Pakistani national who earned a CJP master’s degree in 2002 on a Fulbright scholarship. “This award will be given annually for CJP alumni who have demonstrated exceptiona ...More

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EMU pre-engineering students take second in regional competition with solar greenhouse design

The newest structure on Eastern Mennonite University’s campus cost just $600 to build and was completed by six students in less than eight hours. This fall it will extend the growing season for tomatoes, and next winter it will provide the cafeteria with leafy greens. A poster describing the project – a solar-powered greenhouse – also won second place in the first- and second-year ...More

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Historic Peace Oak in France Is Source of Sapling at EMU

In the closing years of the 18th century, the Mennonites in Salm – an isolated community in the Vosges Mountains in modern-day Alsace, France – were facing a familiar predicament. Yet another European war was being fought, and yet another army was in need of soldiers to fill its ranks. This particular time, an officer arrived in Salm with orders for all the men in the village to do military ...More

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Peace, Pies and Prophets Come Together in Ted & Company Performance

Restorative justice and pies will come together in a live performance of “I’d Like to Buy an Enemy,” by Ted & Company on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in Park View Mennonite Church. The one-night interactive event blends laughter and thoughtful dialogue and “peace pies.” The ...More

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Nobel Prize Winner Connected to Peace-Church Tradition

One of the three women receiving the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Leymah Gbowee, is closely connected with the “peace-church tradition” of the Mennonites. Gbowee, who shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and ...More

Interfaith Peace Camp Promotes Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Skills for Area Children

"Building Bridges, Building Peace" is the theme for the third annual Interfaith Peace Camp to be held at EMU June 22-July 2. Children at the 2009 Interfaith Peace Camp enjoyed learning to knot comforters as part of a service project. ...More