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Teach, model, grow and live in empathy to build world peace, says interfaith expert Marc Gopin at Frontier Luncheon

Moved by the realization that the Syrian war was dissolving into the depths of a horrific proxy war in which religious extremism was a problem but not the main problem, Dr. Marc Gopin, an expert in interfaith peacebuilding, sought a new way of thinking. His methods, he said, had become “rather inadequate” in the big scheme of this savage conflict. “We can’t change history,” Gop ...More


Veterans’ needs are an area of rising concern, and an opportunity for learning and ministry, at Eastern Mennonite Seminary

A conversation about the needs and issues facing military veterans has been arising in an unexpected place this year: the halls of Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS). The dialogue has grown as several graduate students recently focused their culminating research projects for their ...More

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Committed to serving fellow veterans, Michael McAndrew earns scholarship to complete counseling, conflict transformation degrees

U.S. Navy veteran Michael McAndrew, a graduate student at Eastern Mennonite University, plans to use his education to provide mental health services for military veterans. His professional path towards a graduate degree in counseling was recently aided by a $5,000 military scholarship from the NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified ...More


Sharing their stories: CJP alumni filmmakers commissioned to highlight the changing faces of the Shenandoah Valley

Tess Cortes, a native of the Philippines, was ripped from her home in war-torn Liberia when she was 30 years old. “We were advised to leave the country,” Cortes said. “I left with my two kids, my ex-husband stayed behind. He was living with his uncle.” ...More

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Calling all artists! Apply now to help celebrate Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial with the ’10x10x100 Project’

Eastern Mennonite University is calling artists with any connection to Eastern Mennonite School or Eastern Mennonite University – current or former graduate or undergraduate student, faculty or staff – to submit proposals for consideration for a special art installation for the institution’s 2017-18 Centennial Celebration. In September 2 ...More

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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