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After the tragic loss of her grandson, long-time victim advocate reflects on changing roles and restorative justice

When her 20-year-old grandson was murdered, long-time victim advocate Pamela Leonard, MA ’06 (conflict transformation), found herself suddenly in a new role. What she learned has strengthened her zeal for criminal justice reform. To read more about Eastern Mennonite University alumni involved in law, check out the summer issue of ...More

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Undergraduate students work, share, learn with peacebuilders from around the world at summer institute

This summer, four Eastern Mennonite University undergraduate students worked at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, spending six weeks acting as hosts and ambassadors for approximately 145 international visitors. They were often the first on campus to greet weary travelers arriving from the airport in the wee hours of the night, and they were int ...More

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MA in biomedicine students to benefit from articulation agreement with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) has expanded its articulation agreement with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to include acceptance of five biomedicine graduate students who meet entrance criteria. The agreement, which was first established in 2008 for undergraduate students, stipulates that students who are enrolled in the ...More

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Ripple Church pastors find spiritual nourishment at seminary’s Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation

Imagine hearing the call to urban ministry, selling your lovingly renovated suburban farmhouse where you’ve lived for 25 years, and moving into an inner city apartment. Imagine your congregation shape-shifting into and out of spaces as it grows – a good problem – but one with its own stressors. Imagine one of your most fervent members being a man who lives under a bridge and ...More

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EMU to host Private College Week July 27-Aug. 1

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is inviting prospective students to discover the educational opportunities available in their own back yard. EMU is among 24 schools participating in the 19th annual Virginia Private College Week, July 27 – August 1, 2015, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV). EMU is waiving th ...More

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Winifred Gray-Johnson and her father Wilfred share the EMU and Summer Peacebuilding Institute experience

Like most children, Winifred Gray-Johnson didn’t pay much attention to what her father did for a living. She knew he often traveled from their home in Monrovia, Liberia, to the United States. She knew he occasionally visited a place in Virginia called Eastern Mennonite University. But she never imagined her father’s participation in the 2009 Summ ...More

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Nursing major finds that semester cross-cultural in Washington D.C. provides positive pre-clinical experience

Nancy Wharton, who comes from the small town of Strasburg, Virginia, “definitely” wanted to spend her cross-cultural semester in a different country. But the nursing student at Eastern Mennonite University spent some time looking at the “big workload” she was getting herself into, and also wondered if going abroad for a semester late in her college career was a good move. The res ...More

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Alumni contribute to 3rd Way Collective ministry at Penn State, inspiring faith connections to peace and justice issues

The newest pastor at University Mennonite Church (UMC) in State College, Pennsylvania, never seems to be in the actual church building, and the advisory team that relates to him doesn’t mind. In what is likely the first Mennonite ministry of its kind, 3rd Way Collective and UMC campus minister Ben Wideman operate almost exclusively on the ...More

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Lassana Kanneh, a former child soldier in Liberia’s civil war, shares his story to help heal himself and others

Lassana Kanneh is healing. In 1999, along with more than 20,000 Liberian children, 11-year-old Lassana became a soldier. He was kidnapped and forced to use drugs and alcohol, destroy property, and kill in the Second Liberian Civil War from 1999 to 2003. Now, he seeks peace for himself and his community in Liberia – a long road that has taken him to journa ...More

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Restorative justice experts join in Zehr Institute’s 3-year project to map the future of the field

A three-year project to envision and map a positive future for restorative justice began in mid-2015 with a five-day meeting of 36 people drawn from a wide range of backgrounds by the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). “We sought to bring together a cross-section of restorative ...More