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Emeritus professor Calvin Shenk, who led Bible department and championed cross-cultural program, lived a life of Christian witness

Calvin E. Shenk, professor emeritus of religion who taught at Eastern Mennonite University from 1976-2001, has died. He resided in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His wife Marie passed away in 2010. The couple, both 1959 graduates of Eastern Mennonite College, returned after 14 years of missionary work in Africa to make an indelible mark on the vision and goals of the institution. Shapin ...More


  Tension between Israelis and Palestinians was quickly escalating when Linford Stutzman ’84 (Seminary ’90) traveled to the Middle East in the summer of 2000 to prepare for his first turn leading EMU’s cross-cultural to the region. By the time he and his wife, Janet Stutzman (Seminary ’91), arri ...More


Mennonite professor and Israeli philosopher debate pacifism, violence and resistance to evil

In front of a packed audience at the Common Grounds coffeehouse, an Israeli philosopher and a Mennonite theologian sat down to debate the ethics of pacifism and violence, approaching the issue from an unconventional angle: Is it unethical not to use violence as a last resort to resist evil? Moshe Shner, a professor of Jewish ph ...More

Bible and Religion class

Bible Students Explore Emerging Church, Set Future Foundation

Bible students are different now than they were in the 1990s when Peter Dula was a student at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Students now, says Dula, Bible and religion department chair, want to “experiment” with what it means to be church and “dig deep into the meaning of Anabaptism, ...More

Students from the 2011 Christian Movement in the Mediterranean sail out of a small port in Greece.

Explore the Bible via Sailing in the Mediterranean

Professor of mission Linford Stutzman will lead a cross-cultural program via boat around the eastern Mediterranean in May 2012. The group will explore Athens, Ephesus, Corinth and many other sites of New Testament churches, usually traveling as the apostle Paul did in the Book of Acts. The trip, called ...More

Crystal Gosnell

Online Seminary Course Strengthens Mission Workers

HARRISONBURG, Va. – When Crystal Gosnell saw an email from Eastern Mennonite Seminary advertising an online course called “Cross-cultural Discipleship,” she knew she needed to take it. Gosnell cares for newborn infants and runs the education program in an orphanage in Nigeria. She is also a seminary student. Gosnel ...More

Seminary Course Studies Mission Near and Far

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Seminary Course Gives Context for Service Workers in Israel

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Students Report on ‘Life-Changing’ Cross-culturals

“May I see your photo ID, please?” Everyone entering Lehman Auditorium Wednesday morning, Apr. 23, for the final chapel of spring semester was asked to produce a personal identification or “please step aside.” Students in EMU’s semester-long Middle East program acted as border guards as people convened f ...More

Student Baptized in Jordan on Easter

EMU student John A. Tyson said he “had thought about it for some time and felt that the time and place were right.” And so, early on Easter Sunday, 2008, the EMU junior biblical studies and philosophy major from Lansdale, Pa., was baptized in the Jordan River into the community of faith. ...More