How can peacebuilders engage with the police and military in pursuing peace? And how can police and the military engage with peacebuilders? That was the topic of a luncheon presentation by experts from Pakistan, the Philippines and Guatemala at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) during the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.
“Peace activists tend t ...More
Victor Dogos coordinates three interfaith peacebuilding workshops – one each for religious leaders, youth and women – in Chad every year, working with the financial and staff support from Mennonite Central Committee. This summer, he enrol ...More
Doris Harper Allen, 88, greeted a group of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) students in the parking lot of Rose’s in Harrisonburg, the former heart of Newtown. She quickly passed out laminated maps of what is now known as the Northeast neighborhood. And then Allen flashed a vibrant smile from beneath her bright red sunglasses.
“You can ask me questions later,” she called as she c ...More
After first visiting Washington D.C. in 2011, Bshara Nassar was struck by the fact that among the city’s dozens of museums, there was “no place for the Palestinian story to be told.”
Four years ago, Chereè Hammond joined the faculty in the master’s in counseling program at Eastern Mennonite University. Shortly after beginning the semester – it was a Wednesday, she remembers – she shaved her head.
She was tired of combing out clumps, of seeing precious strands between her fingers when s ...More
Shirley Steward-Jones walks up the driveway outside of her college residence, accompanied by the tapping of her cane, her writing tutor Anna Maria Johnson, and her own hearty laughter. Steward-Jones is in the middle of a story, when she is interrupted by Johnson, who alerts her to the presence of a truck in the driveway. Steward-Jones shakes her head, steps into the grass, and expertly maneuver ...More
After 300 miles, 10 days and several flat tires, a group of 30 college students, including four from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), has crossed Virginia on bike, sparking dialogue and voicing concerns about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The event, officially called the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resistance Ride, was organized by t ...More
Trauma is not just something one experiences during a war or conflict, but can occur in a job, relationship or everyday interaction, says 2015 Summer Peacebuilding Institute participant Shiphrah Mutungi, who is pursuing a graduate certificate in conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite Universi ...More
The 2009 documentary “Concrete Steel & Paint,” a film produced and directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza, chronicles the discussions, dialogue, conflict and art of men and women – victims and offenders alike – involved in the Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program at ...More
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