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Trio of graduate students with ties to Syria offer personal perspectives on the lives of refugees and Mideast violence

Sharing photos, stories, poetry and prayer, three graduate students with Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding have joined together to offer personal perspectives on the Syrian refugee crisis. Ahmed Tarik, Jordan Detwiler-Michelson and Myriam Aziz have presented at Park View and Shalom Mennonite churches in Harrisonburg ...More

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EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement presents free film series featuring social justice leaders from around the world

The Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) at Eastern Mennonite University presents the film series “Across Cultures: Profiles in Courage and Resilience,” featuring 12 films of various genres, including fiction and documentaries, about human rights, environmental and social justice leaders. The series is moderated by Dr. Bob Bersson, visit ...More

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New humanitarian action leadership programs at EMU meet changing needs of increasingly professionalized field

Reflecting the Mennonite church’s commitment to development and disaster relief, Eastern Mennonite University has long offered degrees that prepare students to work in those fields. As the priorities, needs and philosophies of international service agencies have changed over the years, EMU’s programs have also evolved, with earlier majors in development, nutrition and international agricult ...More

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Longtime peacebuilding and organizational development professor is named next director of EMU’s MBA program

In 1982, soon after he’d finished his undergraduate degree, David Brubaker and his wife Mert moved to Recife, Brazil, for a voluntary service term with Mennonite Central Committee. As assistant country director, Brubaker found himself “learning on the fly” how to manage people, programs and mone ...More

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In ’18 Stories of War,’ filmmakers trace community’s pervasive and deeply personal conceptions of war

When you think of war, what war comes to your mind? How far removed are you from that war? How has war impacted your work? These simple questions are the substance of “18 Stories of War,” a film project with an international cast: members of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) community at Eastern Mennonite University (EM ...More

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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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How is a call to arms ‘Christ-centered’? Center for Justice and Peacebuilding director publishes letter to former law school classmate Jerry Falwell Jr.

Daryl Byler, executive director of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, wrote this open letter to his former law school colleague, Jerry Falwell Jr. that was first published in the Dec. 14, 2015 op-e ...More

Ben Bailey and Deb King co-founded the (L)earn-a-Bike program, which teaches young offenders about bike mechanics. (Photo by Cody XX)

‘Restorative justice on two wheels’: young bike mechanics learn and grow through Gift & Thrift program

Witness this office meeting space turn into something different, a bit like Bruce Wayne’s Bat Cave: The wide boardroom table slides out of the way, the wall tapestries roll up to reveal pegboards filled with bicycle repair tools. Suddenly, a bike shop is born. But this isn’t just any bike shop. It’s a bike shop with a mission, as befits the people and their values who use the administrati ...More

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Circle process course offered by Kay Pranis trains facilitators for dialogue, healing in variety of settings

Expert Kay Pranis returns to Eastern Mennonite University Feb. 5-7 to teach a three-day, weekend course that will introduce the foundational values and philosophy of the circle process, as well as give students opportunities to practice facilitation and explore application. ...More

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EMU administrator and Black Lives Matter advocate knows South Carolina deputy, voices his own struggle to understand

When a person you know well makes a regrettable choice, how do you reconcile what you know about that person with his or her actions? And how do you share what you know about this person without seeming to excuse the action? These questions immediately confronted Luke Hartman, vice president of enrollment at Ea ...More