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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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Honors program attracts students who share ‘vigor and enthusiasm for education’

Ask senior Aaron Erb to name the quality he appreciates most about his four-year experience in the Honors Program, and he begins with people. “This program has added so much depth to my college experience,” he says. “I’m in awe of the relationships I’ve formed across class levels within honors. These relationships have cemented my appreciation of EMU as a place filled with wond ...More

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Two pioneers of Playback Theatre – evoking understanding, empathy and change – will be teaching at SPI 2014

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Alumnus at helm of Martin Stone Quarries recognized as national leader in the aggregates industry

If you’re going to extract stone from a 350-acre hole adjacent to a borough of 950 residents, Rod Martin has learned that it helps to live in a house beside the quarry, where the locals can see that you and your family also care about the noise, dust and scenery. The Martin family has quarried granite in Bechtelsville, Pa., since 1953. “We’re entrenched in the comm ...More

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Play explores relationships, social issues, through lens of photojournalist injured in Iraq war

A photojournalist returning from war-torn Iraq deals with the images her mind cannot erase and the personal, marital and moral choices that define her life in the Eastern Mennonite University theater production, Time Stands Still, directed by senior Amanda Chandler. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Marguiles, Time Stands Still will be staged in the Lee E. Eshlema ...More

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EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement promotes friendship and understanding among those who believe differently

Why would an explicitly Christian university go out of its way to bring Muslim and Jewish scholars to its campus to teach entire courses and interact every day with students? That’s what is happening at Eastern Mennonite University. “Interacting with people of other faiths builds friendship and understanding – something we sorely need in this world,” says ...More

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CJP prof Lisa Schirch points way to better relationships, roles, for military, government and civil society

On the Wikipedia page for “Security Sector Reform,” you’ll read some nice-sounding stuff about helping police and military forces become more accountable to democratically elected governments and to hold human rights in higher regard. You’ll also see a picture, right at the top, of American and British soldiers teaching their Sierra Leonean counterparts how to use a mortar. It’ ...More

Award-winning, blueberry-growing essayist, poet, feaured at Writers Read event on Monday, Feb. 10

Jim Minick, author of the award-winning The Blueberry Years, A Memoir of Farm and Family, will be at EMU on Monday, Feb. 10, for two events, culminating in the first Writers Read Author of the semester at 6:30 p.m., in EMU’s Common Grounds Coffeehouse in University Commons. Earlier tha ...More

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Middle-aged adult-degree-completion grad becomes treasurer of historic city in Virginia

After 20 years in the business and non-profit sector, Jeff Barbour returned to college as a gray-haired student in the late 1990s. Today he is the newly elected treasurer of Winchester – a city of 27,000 with a 300-year history in northwest Virginia – and a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University with a bachelor’s degree in management and ...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