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Howard Zehr Shifts to Leading Role in New Restorative Justice Institute

Howard Zehr, widely known as the “grandfather of restorative justice,” will step aside from his teaching role at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) after the spring 2013 semester and begin co-leading the newly established Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice. The leaders of EMU’ ...More

Haiti Trip Moves Seminary Dean

Dr. Lonnie Yoder, associate dean HARRISONBURG – Lonnie Yoder will long remember the story told him by a young woman from Haiti who survived the country’s horrific earthquake. “She was a nursing student i ...More

David Works shares story of restoration after daughters’ murders

Author David Works will tell the story of his daughters’ murders and his decision to choose a restorative response to that tragedy. Works is a guest of EMU and will speak multiple times Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13 and again during EMU’s university chapel on Friday, Sept. 18. Works and his wife Marie suffered the ultimate loss when their daughters – 18-year-ol ...More

SPI Speaker Champions Abducted Children

Every parent’s worst nightmare is to have a child abducted. In Uganda, that may mean knowing your child is being forced to perform atrocities or being used as a sex slave. This was the reality for Angelina Atyam for nearly eight years. On Monday, June 2, Atyam told her powerful story of hate and desire for revenge changed to forgiveness toward those who devastated and traumatized ...More

Prof Edits Book on Trauma Healing

Barry Hart, associate professor of conflict and trauma studies at EMU A specialist in trauma healing at EMU has edited a book on the subject, published by University Press of America. Barrett ...More

Trauma Seminars Help 9/11 Survivors

A post-9/11 program to help survivors of trauma has enabled some 7,000 people to discover sources of resilience in the aftermath of attacks of all kinds over the last six years. “When personal trauma is not healed, aggression and increased violence may be the result,” says Virginia Foley, the widow of a U.S. government official who was assassinated in Jordan in 2002. ̶ ...More

Exploring Restorative Justice: Peacebuilders, crime victims and ex-prisoners

Crime victims, offenders and communities share a stake in restorative justice. At the just-completed Summer Peacebuilding Institute at EMU, two courses brought stakeholders face-to-face. A former Virginia prisoner studied with peacebuilders from around the world in a May course, “Restorative Justice: The Promise, the Challenge.” ...More

Healing the Pain of Trauma

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STAR Program Expands to Serve Youth

L. to r.: Lou Furman from New Orleans, Ebun Abeni James of Sierra Leone, Tamara Maslovaric from Serbia and Jeff Mansfield ...More

EMU Hosts Concern Group for Military Vets

Carolyn Yoder (l.), STAR director, facilitates a small group discussion at the military veterans roundtable. Photo by Jim Bishop Ten adults were given clay, blocks and pipe-cleaners. During a M ...More