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Local cross-cultural course leads students through rich diversity of Shenandoah Valley cultures

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

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In Lancaster, ‘Concrete Steel & Paint’ film showing and panel to prompt discussion of restorative justice practices

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

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A poet blooms: Angela M. Carter ’09 finds healing through words and art

Angela M. Carter ‘09 has been shaped by hardships: she’s a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and of a lifelong battle against depression. But Carter, a talented, emerging poet, has also been shaped by many achievements and strengths. She traces some of these accomplishments back to the supportive environment of Cohort 52 in Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More

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Youth programs officer combines development experience with peacebuilding skills to help Zimbabwe’s communities

For Taziwa Machiwana, peace is not just the absence of violence, but a nationwide, structural condition in which young people can find jobs, pursue educational goals and enjoy basic human rights. It is a peace that has long been elusive for Zimbabwe, but one Machiwana hopes to facilitate through empowering young people to advocate for their rights in nonviolent ways. The 31-year-old Zimb ...More


Oakland school district youths are transformed by restorative justice practices

The two “Frontier Luncheon” speakers at Session II of the 2015 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) did not offer a speech to their audience of 170 people from 29 countries. Instead Fania E. Davis and Cameron Simmons showed a short documentary film, encouraged dining table conversation about it, and invited questions. The film featured a youn ...More


Pakistan has positive lessons to offer the world, says CJP alumni award-winner Ali Gohar

Explaining why Ali Gohar was selected for a major award, he “has proven himself to be devoted to the well-being of the people of his home country of Pakistan – and neighboring Afghanistan,” said J. Daryl Byler ...More


Bach Festival, in its 23rd year, draws appreciative crowd for diverse classical repertoire

In his 23rd year as artistic director and conductor of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Kenneth J. Nafziger just laughs when asked if he is most looking forward to conducting any one particular piece. “That’s like asking me to pick my favorite child,” says Nafziger, who relis ...More

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Seminary graduates’ capstone research projects reflect learning, act as practical resources for future ministry

On a Sunday afternoon about four years ago, Matthew Bucher was reading as diligently as any first-year graduate student at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. When he was invited to a picnic by his future wife, he told her he wasn’t sure if he could make the time. “Are you always working?” she asked him. At that point, his answer was “yes.&# ...More

Mandi Stoll

L’Arche internship, and a penny-seeking new friend who sings the Beatles, helps to turn recent grad into D.C. resident

For recent Eastern Mennonite University graduate Mandi Stoll, the past several weeks since ending her cross-cultural semester at the Washington Community Scholar’s Center (WCSC) and walking in commencement ceremonies have been a “different kind of busy.” Instead of looking for a job and worrying about w ...More

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New Center for Justice and Peacebuilding logo provides distinctive branding with traditional symbolism

Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding recently released a new logo – a definitive rebranding that will carry the center’s renowned academic and training programs into the future. Since 1994, the center has utilized components of the university’s parent brand, with a more recent adoption of an icon, the dove carry ...More