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Desire to address, heal, traumatic legacy of U.S. slavery sparks growth in Coming to the Table group

Sessions at Coming to the Table are rarely easy. Despite the time separating current Americans from the era of legal slavery in the United States, the wounds of racial injustice remain fresh for the descendants of slaves, especially in the face of ignorance or denial of these wounds. At the 2014 annual meeting of Coming to the Tab ...More

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EMU mourns death of Vincent Harding, a Mennonite compatriot of MLK, a friend to all oppressed peoples

Eastern Mennonite University joins millions of people worldwide in grieving the passing of Vincent Harding, sorrowing that we will no longer hear his prophetic voice in person – reminding us that the dream for “true democracy and justice” of Harding’s friend, Martin Luther King Jr., has yet to be realized. Harding died yesterday [May 19, 2014] at the University of Pennsylvania Ho ...More

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Mennonite pastor and Obama appointee David Myers reflects on church-state separation during visit to EMU

Lots of director-level appointees work for the federal government. Of that number, a relatively few have the word Reverend on their business cards, and fewer still – perhaps only one – could identify themselves as an ordained Mennonite minister: David Myers. Myers, director of the Center for Faith-Based and ...More

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Vincent Harding, close friend of MLK, urges EMU community to meet challenge of building a true democracy

More than 50 years after his first visit to campus, social activist and scholar Vincent Harding returned to EMU on Feb. 26 and 27, where he urged packed audiences to engage fully in the struggle to build a real participatory democracy based on justice, equality, sustainability and spiritual fulfillment, rather than on militarism, materialism and racism – or indeed on any form of discriminatio ...More

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‘Shenandoah Confession’ emerges from 2014 intercollegiate peace meeting, in spirit of 1527 Schleitheim Confession

Students from seven Anabaptist colleges wrapped up a three-day Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014, at Eastern Mennonite University by deciding to issue the Shenandoah Confession, drafted in the style and spirit of ...More

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Friend, confidant, of Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at EMU – 52 years after first visit in segregated era

When civil rights leader Vincent Harding visited Eastern Mennonite University 52 years ago, he knew that Mennonites had refused to own slaves during the slavery era. But he was surprised to see in 1962 that they were doing little to protest segregation and other racial injustices around them. Harding also knew that EMU was the first historically white colleges in Virginia to admit Africa ...More

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Historic Peace Oak in France Is Source of Sapling at EMU

In the closing years of the 18th century, the Mennonites in Salm – an isolated community in the Vosges Mountains in modern-day Alsace, France – were facing a familiar predicament. Yet another European war was being fought, and yet another army was in need of soldiers to fill its ranks. This particular time, an officer arrived in Salm with orders for all the men in the village to do military ...More

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Students Earn Credits Off Campus, Learning in New Ways and New Places

Bekah Enns’ great-grandparents would not recognize the way she is pursuing an academic degree in 2013. For one thing, the senior history major at Eastern Mennonite University spent last semester off campus, testing her work skills in her three academic minors—pre-law, political science, and ...More

EMU Welcomes Eastern American Studies Association Conference

EMU is pleased to host nearly 100 historians from more than 25 colleges and universities for the annual Eastern American Studies Association Conference March 22 and 23. The American Studies Association is the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history. Join Eastern regional chapter members at the 2013 conference “E P ...More

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Couple Competes Separately, Wins Together

What do you do with old research papers? If you are Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) graduates Kaitlin Heatwole and Nathan Hershberger, you submit it to a competition and win $500 each. Heatwole and Hershberger tied for top honors in the Anabaptist research paper contest, sponsored by the ...More