Tag Archives: Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Active grandmother & local volunteer

Hannah Mack Lapp ’66, MA ’98 Harrisonburg, Virginia Hannah Mack Lapp was the wife of the president of EMU when she applied in 1995 to be one of the first students admitted to the not-yet-accredited conflict transformation program. In her application essay, she pointed out “there is conflict everywhere” and mentioned the numerous places where ...More

Program director at mental health center, with focus on Latino mental health

Gilberto Perez Jr. ’94, Grad. Cert. ’99 Goshen, Indiana As the founding director of Bienvenido, a program for newly arrived Latino immigrants, Gilberto Pérez Jr. tries to offer resources for health and hope, as well as education and livelihoods, for Latinos in Indiana’s schools, churches, juvenile correctional facilities, and communities. In this quest, Gilberto has ...More

Rep., Mennonite Central Committee

Randy Puljek-Shank, MA ’99 Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina Based in Amela’s home country of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Randy and Amela Puljek-Shank have spent the last eight years devoted to healing the harms caused by the horrific warfare that occurred in the early 1990s across what was formerly Yugoslavia, and to preventing such horrors from happening again. They are also ...More

From Self And Community To Systems

Mental health worker – Professor – Schoolteacher – Full-time parent – Mediator – Lawyer – PhD student Administrator – Writer – Consultant – Newspaper editor – Hospital staffer – UN official – Computer engineer – Grandmother – Priest The post-EMU paths followed by CJP’s 36 earliest graduates are as diverse as the 10 countries in ...More

10 Hopes and Prayers

For CJP’s Future From Early Alumni 1. Preserve the Summer Peacebuilding Institute model of intensive, short-term courses. This model permits students to retain their jobs and not uproot themselves. Some people can’t take the time or don’t have the funds to be a residential student. (Nathan Barge) 2. Keep the door open so that diverse ...More

Peace After Prison

Martin Snoddon served 16 years in the Maze Prison outside Belfast for his activities as a member of the Ulster Volunteer Forces before he was released under judicial supervision in 1990. “EMU was a resource for me as I wrestled with the legacy of violent conflict,” says Snoddon, who came with a Mediation Northern Ireland group ...More

New Leadership at Helm of SPI: Pat Hostetter Martin Retires

A leadership change has occurred at EMU’s annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI), with long-time director Pat Hostetter Martin retiring. Her replacement, Sue Williams, moved to Harrisonburg in the early fall from her previous base in the United Kingdom. CJP director Lynn Roth had warm words of praise for Martin’s years of service – not just ...More