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98-year-old Amish teacher pays first visit to alma mater 61 years after graduating

When retired church ministry professor John R. Martin welcomed his former classmate to the Eastern Mennonite University campus last week, he offered warm regards. “It is an honor that you’ve come to visit us,” Martin said, clasping the hands of 98-year-old Amos J. Yoder. “Oh, don’t make too much of it,” said Yoder with a grin. Much was made of Yoder’s visit, t ...More

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Longtime educator Sarah Armstrong named director of MA in Education program

Sarah Armstrong, a longtime public-school educator, will help teachers earn master’s degrees in her new role as director of the MA in Education program at Eastern Mennonite University. Most of the teachers continue full time in the classroom while studying on weekends and during summer vacatio ...More

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Church leaders discuss challenges of ministering to ‘nones’ and millenials at annual School for Leadership Training

Author, scholar and Episcopal priest Lauren Winner opened the annual School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary with succinct advice for those seeking to understand the changing dynamics affecting the 21st century American church. “It might be good news for your church ...More

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy celebrated with solidarity march, music, chapel and service opportunities

What creates systems of discrimination and oppression? What power and motivation do people have to resist these systems? Where do they take comfort when hatred acts? These questions were asked during the Jan. 15-20 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration hosted by Eastern Mennonite University. Activities included lectures, chapel meetings and talkbacks; reading ...More

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After Vietnam and Nigeria, Dr. Linford Gehman ’59 chooses to serve rural and homebound patients for almost a half century

The image of an experienced country doctor making house calls with a big black bag full of basic medical equipment has not completely disappeared. Even in a culture of increasing skepticism for physicians and of increasing medical costs, rural health care providers seem to be retaining their respected positions in society. Linford Gehman ’59, a doctor serving a rural population in nort ...More

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Black history author, minister to lead EMU in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 15-20

A prominent black history author, musician and professor, Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, PhD, will lead Eastern Mennonite University’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. during university chapel on Monday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. Okembe-RA Imani is chair and professor of the Department of Black Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is also a veteran of more than 27 years o ...More

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For fight against Ebola, international students plan fundraising event with Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee

After spending the summer thousands of miles from her native Liberia and watching nervously from afar as Ebola swept through her country, sophomore Winifred Gray-Johnson wanted to take action when she returned to the Eastern Mennonite University campus. She never imagined that desire, born from hours of long-distance conversation with her family members and prayer over the sufferings of ...More

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EMU and Sichuan University of China sign cooperation agreement

Eastern Mennonite University and Sichuan University of Arts and Science, located in central China, signed an agreement on Jan. 13, 2015, to “promote academic exchanges, scientific research cooperation, and communication between teachers and students.” The signing occurred during a one-day visit to the EMU campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia, ...More

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Konrad Wert, a.k.a. Possessed by Paul James, draws spotlight from Billboard charts, NPR and NY Times before returning (yet again) to EMU

It was 1994 when Konrad Wert ’01 arrived at Eastern Mennonite University for the first time, and he didn’t stay long. Iffy about college from the start, he left after his freshman year for a voluntary service term in Washington D.C. Once that ended, he returned to EMU, stayed a bit, then departed again to volunteer in California. A yo-yo pattern was developing. “I just didn ...More

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Married alumni couple spends spare time saving lives

On any given Saturday night, when most married couples are relaxing in front of their TVs or maybe eating out, this couple is more likely to be found at an accident scene or a strange home – “seeing things no one else will see.” Jackson and Katrina (Lehman) Maust have been rescue squad members since they were Eastern Mennonite University undergraduates six years ago. The pag ...More