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Latino Student Alliance’s beautiful ‘alfombra’ is the centerpiece for a Holy Week chapel service

More than 150 members of the Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite Seminary community gathered in the campus center Wednesday for a Holy Week service around the “alfombra,” or carpet, a colorful tradition of Central America and Mexico. [See slideshow below.] The four sections of the alfombra, made of rice, flour and other materials and created by EMU’s ...More

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Faculty and staff open homes and hearts during EMU’s annual Spiritual Life Week

Spiritual Life Week is an annual tradition at Eastern Mennonite University – a rich diversity of opportunities for the campus community to join together in various forums to share about walking and living a life of faith. The theme this year was the question, “Why do I continue to ‘choose’ Jesus?” The late February event features nightly faculty/staff sharing and convers ...More

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Alumna’s ‘Creation’ series of six vibrant, colorful paintings hangs in renovated Suter Science Center

Alumna Katherine Burling’s six-piece “Creation” painting series was stashed carefully in storage while Suter Science Center renovations were completed. In the ensuing months, much has changed in Burling’s life. She’s now in her first year in the master of fine arts program at James Madison University. But this month, the paintings which began as an undergraduate class assig ...More

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Ten Chinese scholars join EMU community to learn teaching techniques and immerse themselves in the English language

For the Chinese scholars at Eastern Mennonite University this semester, witnessing the difference between Chinese and American educational systems has been enlightening. “In China, students are willing to listen to professors lecture,” says Yan Wang. “Here, there are a lot of group discussions. It is good for creative thinking. Every student has their own idea.” ...More

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Art auction aims to benefit EMU, campus community through hosting visiting artists

Painting, collages, and photography will be offered at a silent art auction hosted by the visual and communication arts department at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The three-week fundraiser will help bring professional artists to campus to interact with the campus community and to exhibit their work. Past visiting artists at EMU have included New York City-based filmmaker and cinem ...More

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Carnival de Resistance brings earth-friendly performances, art, parade to Harrisonburg

Bicycles generated the necessary power, with a gently audible rhythm, for the sound system at gatherings of the recent Carnival de Resistance. Volunteers, including EMU students, took turns pedaling for the electricity. The energetic Carnival troupe began its two-city tour with 10 days in Harrisonburg, camping on ...More

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Art Gets Energized by Coffee

“Disintegration,” an art exhibit made from recycled coffee grounds, calls attention to the loss of rainforest habitat to coffee production in Latin America. The exhibit will take up much of the floor of the Margaret Martin Gehman Gallery at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Wednesday, Jan. 25, through Thursday, Feb. 2 Therea ...More

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TIME not wasted at trash fashion show

HARRISONBURG, VA. – The latest trend in fashion is usually found inside a magazine – not composed of the magazine itself. But for trash fashion designer Sophia Mast, fashion is found in materials we use everyday. “I have always loved fashion and creating things,” said 15-year-old Mast, a native of Lancaster, Pa. “I’ve noticed dresses made out of magaz ...More

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At Interfaith Peace Camp, seeds of friendship sprout in fun

What does a bike-powered ice-cream maker have to do with peace and justice? A lot, for the 47 children from grades 1-6 attending June’s Interfaith Peace Camp — a collaboration by Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement with local faith communities. “At the heart of peacebuilding is relationship building,” notes a statement of the camp’s purpose. ...More

Alumni Building Understanding, Both In Faith And Art

By Tim Chapman, Daily News-Record Asbury United Methodist Church is featuring a new exhibit, “Elements,” in its Sacred Arts Series. The exhibit runs through Nov. 14 and features expressionist acrylic paintings by Kari Martin a ...More