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At Vatican summit, consultant Michael Shank works with media to tell the story of climate change

One of the reasons most of the world has heard about July’s climate change summit at the Vatican is because Eastern Mennonite University alumnus Michael Shank, MA ’05 (conflict transformation), was the media consultant for the event. Shank managed press releases, acted as a liaison between the pontifical and media ou ...More


CJP graduate authors United States Institute of Peace special report promoting restorative justice in her native Libya

Can restorative justice work in countries where justice is elusive and rule of law suspect? Najla Mangoush argues it can in a June 2015 special report titled “Customary Practice and Restorative Justice in Libya: A Hybrid Approach”  published by the ...More


Graphic designer and marketing expert Kristen Opalinski turns her expertise to explorations of faith and social justice

Kristen Opalinski is a woman on the go. Even as she hustled to complete a multimedia project during an intensive two-week media course at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, the graphic designer was in between international travels and media relations work on behalf of Peace Islands Institute (PII), a peacebuil ...More

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After the tragic loss of her grandson, long-time victim advocate reflects on changing roles and restorative justice

When her 20-year-old grandson was murdered, long-time victim advocate Pamela Leonard, MA ’06 (conflict transformation), found herself suddenly in a new role. What she learned has strengthened her zeal for criminal justice reform. To read more about Eastern Mennonite University alumni involved in law, check out the summer issue of ...More

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Undergraduate students work, share, learn with peacebuilders from around the world at summer institute

This summer, four Eastern Mennonite University undergraduate students worked at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, spending six weeks acting as hosts and ambassadors for approximately 145 international visitors. They were often the first on campus to greet weary travelers arriving from the airport in the wee hours of the night, and they were int ...More


Winifred Gray-Johnson and her father Wilfred share the EMU and Summer Peacebuilding Institute experience

Like most children, Winifred Gray-Johnson didn’t pay much attention to what her father did for a living. She knew he often traveled from their home in Monrovia, Liberia, to the United States. She knew he occasionally visited a place in Virginia called Eastern Mennonite University. But she never imagined her father’s participation in the 2009 Summ ...More


Lassana Kanneh, a former child soldier in Liberia’s civil war, shares his story to help heal himself and others

Lassana Kanneh is healing. In 1999, along with more than 20,000 Liberian children, 11-year-old Lassana became a soldier. He was kidnapped and forced to use drugs and alcohol, destroy property, and kill in the Second Liberian Civil War from 1999 to 2003. Now, he seeks peace for himself and his community in Liberia – a long road that has taken him to journa ...More

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Restorative justice experts join in Zehr Institute’s 3-year project to map the future of the field

A three-year project to envision and map a positive future for restorative justice began in mid-2015 with a five-day meeting of 36 people drawn from a wide range of backgrounds by the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). “We sought to bring together a cross-section of restorative ...More


Inside Out playback theater troupe makes debut appearance at the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina

For a few weeks, Eastern Mennonite University’s playback theatre troupe envisioned their next storytelling event at the Wild Goose Festival as revolving around the festival’s theme: Blessed are the peacemakers. Fitting, especially, for I ...More


To the heart of Nepal’s political dialogue: young peacebuilder returns with new skills to greater responsibility in Kathmandu

Aspiring peacebuilder Sujan Rai arrived at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute a week late; she almost didn’t make it to Eastern Mennonite University at all. The delay: two massive earthquakes that hit her city of Kathmandu, Nepal in April. Rai and her family were among the lucky few who experienced no loss of life or property damage. St ...More