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Practititioner-in-Residence David Myers shares 30 years experience in government, non-profit and pastoral leadership

David Myers last visited Eastern Mennonite University in 2014 for a one-day visit that included a seminary chapel presentation – “not a sermon,” he said at the time, “but a report of the ongoing conversation inside my head and my heart” ...More

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Dr. Abraham Davis, first director of multi-cultural services at EMU, honored for his groundbreaking work

As befits a scholar of language and oral interpretation, Dr. Abraham Davis Jr. began a late November chapel service held in his honor at Eastern Mennonite University with a few re-written stanzas of a favorite hymn. “Jesus loves me, this I know, though my hair is white as snow,” he began. “And my eyes are going dim, I’ve had cataract surgery. Still He bids m ...More

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Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir joins Staunton Academy of Ballet for annual Christmas concert

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir presents “Angels Sing,” a Christmas concert with the Staunton Academy of Ballet at 4 p.m., Dec. 6 at Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University. All three choirs will perform a variety of seasonal music and Christmas carols, followed by an audience sing-along. Among the combined selections are “A ...More

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Poverty simulation, set up by Virginia Cooperative Extension, challenges students with ‘real-life’ choices

“We started out in a bad situation, and nothing got better … I tried to go to work,” said the unmarried father of a one-year-old. Despite working full-time, he was unable to pay the mortgage and utilities, leading to eviction. Suddenly the father found himself, his girlfriend, and his child in a homeless shelter. He had no money for transportation to seek help from social services. ...More

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‘No better place’: Nepali judges explore restorative justice with EMU experts and Harrisonburg community practitioners

Six experts who are developing curriculum to train Nepali judges and law enforcement officials in restorative justice practices came to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on a week-long trip to the United States. During a three-day visit to Harrisonburg, the judges and officials of Nepal’s National Judicial Academy (NJA) in Kathmandu engaged with communit ...More

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Playwright and teacher Sheri Bailey, an advocate for racial healing and dialogue, brings next Writers Read installment

“A great forum for people with radically different perspectives to have a reasonable discussion” – that’s how playwright Sheri Bailey characterizes one of her most popular plays, “Abolitionists’ Museum,” in which wax figures, including Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass, come alive to debate the symbolism and presence of the Confederate flag. ...More

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Presidential search committee holds second meeting on campus, calls for nominations and applications

The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) presidential search committee continues to make progress on the search for the institution’s ninth president. The committee convened Oct. 2-3, 2015 on campus for its second meeting. Current President Loren Swartzendruber announced in April 2015 his ...More

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Former attorney general says ‘tough on crime’ failed: now he’s working to reduce incarceration rates

Mark Earley regrets some of his criminal justice decisions from his time as a state senator and attorney general of Virginia. “I feel like I’m spending the second half of my life making up for the first half,” Earley told more than 120 people gathered Tuesday at Eastern Mennonite Seminary for a presentation on mass incarceration. ...More

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‘Searching for Zion’ author visits campus to kick off 2015-16 Common Read focus on race, identity and culture

Of all the possible suggestions that came to Common Read committee chair Tara Kishbaugh from the Eastern Mennonite University community, one topic bubbled to the surface. “Race,” said Kishbaugh, a chemistry professor who heads the Intellectual Life Committee. “Cros ...More

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Former Virginia attorney general, now against the death penalty, to speak on the issue of mass incarceration

Mark Earley, former state senator and attorney general of Virginia, has changed his mind about incarceration and the ultimate punishment within the United States’ current criminal justice system. While he was attorney general, the state executed 36 people. Now Earley is speaking out about mass incarceration and the death penalty. He currently serves as co-chair of ...More