Four programs with widespread impact celebrate anniversaries this year

December 18th, 2019

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding celebrates 25 years of peacebuilding impact this year, inviting its 668 graduates and hundreds more who have benefited from trainings, webinars and workshops to “Celebrate, Reflect and Dream.” A kick-off TenTalks event at Homecoming and Family Weekend featured John Sharp, Tammy Krause MA ’99 and Darsheel Kaur MA ’17. Find more news, a guest writers series, timeline and more about the June 5-7, 2020, celebration at

EMU Athletics

The women’s soccer program started in 1999 under the leadership of Coach Greg Steffen. From that 7-11 season, Jennifer Morey and Tara Froese ’00 are still in the record books for assists and saves, respectively. Hall of Honor athletes include Ellie Lind Holsopple ’04, Joy Shaiebly Shelly ’07 and Katie Lamm Spengler ‘09. Other coaches have been Holly Hall, Jason Good ’05 and Sue Kolb. The 2019 squad advanced to the ODAC Tournament with current five-year veteran head coach Ted Erickson ’05.

Eastern Mennonite Seminary

In 1999, Eastern Mennonite Seminary began its Clinical Pastoral Education program, focused on pastoral reflection, formation and competence. Norman Yutzy ’55, SEM ’58, who regarded his CPE experience as transformative in his life and ministry, joined with his wife Lena to endow the program. More than 290 students have benefited. Join faculty, alumni and friends at the January 2020 School for Leadership Training to celebrate the anniversary and honor the Yutzy family.

Center for Interfaith Engagement

For 10 years, the Center for Interfaith Engagement has brought together scholars and practitioners of all faith traditions to work towards building a more just and peaceful world through inter-religious and intercultural understanding. Among the highlights: intellectual enrichment in the campus community with Visiting Scholars of Muslim and Jewish faiths; the hosting of conferences, roundtables and tours to Iran; the summer Interfaith Peace Camp for children ages 8-12; a spring film series; and the founding of an Interfaith Studies minor.

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