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Former NFL center and founder of First Fruits Farm led to life of service through agriculture

When former star NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing. “I don’t know anything about farming,” Brown said, during last week’s “Frontier Luncheon” at Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute. ...More


Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr ‘roasted’ during the celebration of anniversary edition of ‘Changing Lenses’

The Renaissance Mennonite. A friendly service dog. A teddy bear. A creative prankster. Hot Rod Howie. Many names were tossed at Howard Zehr the night of May 23, as his writing career and restorative justice work were humorously honored with a “roast” at Eastern Mennonite University. While most retiring professors of Zehr’s ...More

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Stan Maclin, leader of the Harrisonburg chapter of Virginia Organizing, speaks to about 35 people attending a community vigil protesting police violence in Court Square on Saturday.
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Harrisonburg vigil protests deaths of young black men: ‘When something happens in my hometown…I carry it with me,’ says CJP student

About 35 people gathered in Court Square on Saturday [May 23, 2015]  for a vigil protesting the deaths of young black men that has made news in Baltimore, New York and other cities across the country over the last year. Jodie Geddes, a graduate student at Eastern Mennonite University who is attending the ...More

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Youth programs officer combines development experience with peacebuilding skills to help Zimbabwe’s communities

For Taziwa Machiwana, peace is not just the absence of violence, but a nationwide, structural condition in which young people can find jobs, pursue educational goals and enjoy basic human rights. It is a peace that has long been elusive for Zimbabwe, but one Machiwana hopes to facilitate through empowering young people to advocate for their rights in nonviolent ways. The 31-year-old Zimb ...More


Oakland school district youths are transformed by restorative justice practices

The two “Frontier Luncheon” speakers at Session II of the 2015 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) did not offer a speech to their audience of 170 people from 29 countries. Instead Fania E. Davis and Cameron Simmons showed a short documentary film, encouraged dining table conversation about it, and invited questions. The film featured a youn ...More


Pakistan has positive lessons to offer the world, says CJP alumni award-winner Ali Gohar

Explaining why Ali Gohar was selected for a major award, he “has proven himself to be devoted to the well-being of the people of his home country of Pakistan – and neighboring Afghanistan,” said J. Daryl Byler ...More

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In support of Harrisonburg’s new restorative justice initiative, city police lieutenant joins peacebuilding institute training

The Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) no longer share just an acronym. They now have a common alumnus in Lt. Kurt Boshart of the Harrisonburg Police Department, wh ...More

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New Center for Justice and Peacebuilding logo provides distinctive branding with traditional symbolism

Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding recently released a new logo – a definitive rebranding that will carry the center’s renowned academic and training programs into the future. Since 1994, the center has utilized components of the university’s parent brand, with a more recent adoption of an icon, the dove carry ...More


Mennonite education provided to Afghan-American Muslim woman leads her to key roles in world peacebuilding

The culturally mixed background of the Afghan-American Muslim keynote speaker fit well with the diverse attendees from 21 countries at the first “Frontier Luncheon” during the six-week Summer Peacebuilding Institute. Palwasha L. Kakar told the audience of about 100 that her religious faith underpins all her efforts to empower wom ...More

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EMU stage adaptation of Andy Carvin’s ‘Distant Witness’ immerses audience in tech-driven revolution of Arab Spring

The story of a man with 107,000 Twitter followers – famous for publicizing the “Arab Spring” via social media – has been dramatized by Eastern Mennonite University faculty and students. Andy Carvin, then working at NPR in Washington, DC. played “distant witness” to events documented via Tweets by “citizen journalists” in Tunisia, Syria, Egypt, Libya and other Middle Easte ...More