peacemaking in action
After the failure to ratify the Colombia peace agreement, Peace Fellowship and some campus partners organized a vigil to pray for peace.
Peace Fellowship joined others on campus and around the city of Harrisonburg, Va. in standing with those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
EMU Peace Fellowship
Concern for creating a just world runs deep at EMU. Students learn about current conflicts and environmental crises, both in the U.S. and around the world, in classrooms, through chapels, service and mission work in the field, and visiting scholars and graduates.
Peace Fellowship coordinates events within EMU’s community to further the student body’s knowledge and engagement around social justice issues. We seek to address issues involving unconcealed, structural, and/or latent violence. Violence in any form holds each of us back from living in just, open, and healing communities that strive to embody Jesus’s character and ministry. We connect with groups outside of EMU’s community to allow students opportunities to further learn about and engage with the issues effecting our larger society.
- Restorative Justice workshops- Peace Fellowship is working with two local groups to educate and encourage restorative justice practices. The first group is a Park View Mennonite Youth group. The second is the Gemeinschaft house that functions as a reintegration house for recently released imprisoned people.
- Patchwork Pantry- Each Wednesday night, the Community Mennonite Church operates a food pantry where students volunteer to help prepare the gift boxes filled with local produce and non-perishable food items as well as interpret for Spanish speaking families.
- “Conflict-free”resolution-In 2013 EMU became the 15th university to pass a formal “conflict-free” resolution, which states that EMU will support companies that seek to use conflict-free minerals in their electronic products.
Learning in the field
Year after year, Peace Fellowship members are networking and making change on and off campus.
- Students represent EMU at the Mennonite Central Committee-UN conference in New York City, putting their college skills to use and gaining real-world experience from peace workers in the field.
- Collaborated with other student groups in 2011 to bring together a faculty panel with experience in the Middle East to discuss the Arab Spring and our response as Americans, students, and peacebuilders.
- Organized and hosted the Inter-Collegiate Peace Conference in 2010 and 2014. The 2014 conference wrote the , drafted in the style and spirit of the Schleitheim Confession of 1527
- Responded to the violent conflict in Gaza by leading an interfaith prayer service, candlelight vigil, and a coffeehouse discussion.
International peace presence
EMU students from all backgrounds are enriched by hundreds of international peacebuilders joining the campus community each year.
Many are students in the masters of conflict transformation program. Others come for short periods of study through the trauma-healing program or Summer Peacebuilding Institute of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.
All EMU students have the opportunity to hear the stories of these people and learn from their experiences.