Peacebuilding Events and Honors

EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding hosted alumni and friends for several special events:

Award-winning documentary screening award-winning documentary on women in peacebuilding in Liberia

On Friday, the Harrisonburg community packed out Yoder Arena for a viewing of the award-winning film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” featuring Leymah, who was honored with the EMU “Alumna of the Year” award. The documentary was followed by stirring remarks from Leymah, who was celebrated throughout the weekend as the “EMU Alumna of the Year” for her work in peacebuilding.

Alumni award for service

EMU Distinguished Service Award honoree Glen Lapp Lapp was honored posthumously with the “Distinguished Service Award” for his years of service work in the Middle East. Glen graduated from EMU as a math major, but four years later, in 1995, he earned a BS in nursing at Johns Hopkins University in the school’s second degree accelerated program.

His life was cut short on August 5, 2010, when he and other aid workers with International Assistance Mission, a Christian charity, were gunned down in northern Afghanistan. Glen was a volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee, which assigned him to IAM.

Glen’s parents Mary and Marvin Lapp ’72 of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, accepted the award on his behalf.

The two were celebrated during a historic celebration during the Sunday worship service, showcasing EMU’s mission to serve and lead in a global context.