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Week of multi-faith events sparks interfaith dialogue and intercultural awareness

“Religious Life” is the kind of topic one would expect Eastern Mennonite University to pick as its 2014 theme for International Education Week. It may surprise some, though, that this Christian university used the words “religious life” to refer to more faith perspectives than Christianity exclusively. Then, again, this is a Christian university that says it is “like no other. ...More


EMU leaders offer appreciation and wise words regarding the increased diversity of incoming students

In their kick-off convocation remarks for the 2014-15 school year, two of Eastern Mennonite University’s leaders highlighted the increasing diversity among EMU’s student population. “The class of 2018 is the most racially, ethnically, and nationally diverse incoming class in the history of EMU,” provost Fred Kniss told a capacity crowd of ...More

Rachel Held Evans at EMU

Rachel Held Evans: Millenials need church to be a ‘safe place to wrestle with tough questions,’ honor differences

When popular Christian author and blogger Rachel Held Evans came to Eastern Mennonite University last week, one student cleared her schedule. First-year seminarian Lindsay Davis was at each of Evans’ appearances: morning chapel, an afternoon reading and discussion with an undergraduate Anabaptist Biblical Values class and an evening lecture. Reprising themes she explores in her books, ...More

Randy Woodley

Visiting speaker draws parallels between Christian ‘shalom’ and Native American values of harmony, balance

The “harmony way” of Native Americans is a lot like the “shalom community” taught by Jesus, according to a seminary professor from Oregon who spoke at Eastern Mennonite University on March 12-13, 2014. Randy Woodley, PhD, is a Cherokee Indian who has spent a lifetime studying the ways of his people as well as ...More


Professors warn against “domestication” of Martin Luther King Jr., urge renewed focus on all forms of inequality

Two Eastern Mennonite University professors – one white and one black – gave back-to-back chapel talks in the past week that highlighted the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his compatriots on the past, present and (they hope) future of their university. Addressing a well-filled Lehman Auditorium on Jan. 17, ...More


Street dedication, community enrichment programs, to highlight MLK Day of Service and Learning

The dedication and renaming of a city street is just one of the highlights of the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Learning, Jan. 15-23. “Events throughout the week will focus on the MLK Jr. way of emphasizing issues of justice, pacifism, Christian faith, activism and service, and relationship building,” said Brian Martin Burkholder, campus pastor at Ea ...More


Renowned thinker on the intersection of evolution, ecology and ‘a transcendent presence’ visits EMU



‘Emergent church’ theologian Peter Rollins brings provocative message to EMU

There is a scene in the 1993 movie Cool Runnings in which, on the eve of the Jamaican bobsled team’s improbable shot at Winter Olympics glory, the team’s coach – a disgraced former bobsledder stripped of a gold medal for cheating – offers a bit of final advice to his unlikely protégé. “A gold medal is a wonderful thing,” the coach says. “But if you’re not enough without ...More


Irish theological writer sure to provoke thought, maybe controversy, with EMU presentations

A Belfast-born writer who has excited many Jesus followers in the emergent church movement and disquieted many others will be sharing his provocative thoughts at four Eastern Mennonite University venues tomorrow (Sept. 24). The titles of Peter Rollins’ books offer clues to his stream of thought: • The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction (2013) ...More


People of all types are welcome, indeed belong, at EMU’s table, say university leaders at convocation 2013