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Zehr Institute co-director engages with Russian educators and peer mediators on restorative justice practices

Carl Stauffer has seen restorative justice practices at work in places around the world. He had the opportunity to explore a new location last month when a group invited him to Moscow, Russia. Stauffer, a professor at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and co-director of the Z ...More

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Center for Justice and Peacebuilding publishes first of e-journals series on peacebuilding origins and values

At the heart of the first e-journal published by Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding is an invitation. Readers are welcomed, in this issue and the next three to come, to reflect along with co-authors Professor Jayne Docherty and Mikhala Lantz-Simmons MA ’16 on ...More

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‘Paying for peace, not war’: Hospital chaplain who witnessed trauma redirects some tax dollars to the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s STAR program

For the past two years, Ruth Anne Friesen has re-directed a portion of her federal income tax payments to support the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). “I am not against paying taxes, but I am cal ...More


In Reunion’s ‘Freedom Circles,’ peacebuilding major facilitates life changes and his own learning

Nathan McKnight recognized a quality of reciprocity in his spring semester internship. The people who come through the “freedom circles” hosted by the organization Reunion, he says, “are improving me, at the same time that I’m doing my best to improve them.” McKnight, a recent graduate of the peacebuilding ...More

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Annual ‘Frontiers in Peacebuilding’ lecture series brings in four experts

The annual “Frontiers in Peacebuilding” luncheon series in conjunction with Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University has slightly changed its format. Two lunches have become dinners. The four events, however, still honor the conviviality of the shared meal with the opportunity to learn from experts. The meals, held in th ...More


Center for Justice and Peacebuilding graduate students present spring semester 2016 practicum projects

Students in Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding‘s practice-oriented graduate program in conflict transformation culminate their coursework in one of three options. The organizational practicum requir ...More


‘Be the community you wish to see in the world’: Center for Justice and Peacebuilding graduates 37

The Center of Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University celebrated their 2016 graduates in a Sunday evening ceremony at Martin Chapel with singing, short speeches and recognition of each graduate. A choir of African students led by Professor Carl Stauffer opened first with ...More

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Eastern Mennonite University celebrates 98th Commencement with 556 degrees conferred

Most of the audience at Eastern Mennonite University’s 98th Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 1, didn’t realize the special music provided by the string quartet was a world premiere composition of retiring President Loren E. Swartzendruber ...More

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EMU professors help design grant-funded restorative justice pilot project in Mississippi schools

After recently becoming the first university in the country to offer a graduate certificate in restorative justice in education,  Eastern Mennonite University will soon begin working with school and community leaders in Jackson, Mississippi, to introduce restorative practices to the city’s public school system. ...More

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Three-day conference focuses on Anabaptists and leadership for the common good

What does leadership mean in the Anabaptist tradition today? More than 230 people gathered at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, April 7-9 to explore that question at “Leading into the Common Good: An Anabaptist Perspective.” The conference, sponsored by a spectrum of Mennonite-related organizations and higher education institutions, brought together viewpoints f ...More