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The First and the Foremost: Summer Peacebuilding Institute

In the summer of 1994, about 40 peace and development workers gathered on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University for a one-week seminar called “Frontiers in International Peacebuilding.” It was the first official event held by what is now known as the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, or CJP, which was then so fledgling ...More


Goldberg, Helbert Named Co-Directors of EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Beginning July 1, 2011, Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) gained two new directors, both of whom hold graduate degrees in conflict transformation – William (Bill) Goldberg,  MA ’01, and Valerie Helbert, MA ’08. Goldberg and Helbert are veteran employees of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, under which SPI operates. Goldberg ...More

Summer Peacebuilding Institute

SPI Learners Bring Hope from 23 Nations

Those entering the opening session of  Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) were handed felt markers and circles of fabric. Their assignment: “Tell what you bring here.” Faisa Loyaan’s contribution: “learning and sharing.” That Somalian guest’s response seemed typical among the 80 learners arriving from 23 nations for the annual gathe ...More

Campus Peace Pole Celebrates ‘Call to Peacebuilding’

EMU dedicated a peace pole as a symbol of its core values and commitment to diversity in a ceremony held Thursday evening, June 17, on campus. Dr. Anil Solanki of Eastern Mennonite Seminary noted that the peace pole ...More

Numbers and Spirits Rise for 15th Peacebuilding Institute

Enrollment numbers have climbed back for EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute, which brought most of the 112 learners enrolled from 37 nations together for a jubilant May 10 opening. That morning, as a conga line danced, singing, into the crowded Martin chapel on the Harrisonburg, Va., campus, volcanic ash storm-related travel delays kept one participant behin ...More

Learners from 35 nations gather for peacebuilding institute

By Chris Edwards They turned to greet neighbors, each invited to speak in his or her native language. Many said “Hello”; a few, “Hola!” or “Bonjour.” Sebastian Bukenya, a young Roman Catholic priest from Uganda, asked, “Oli otya!” (in the Luganda language, “How are you?”). The mood among these 84 visitors from 35 nation ...More

Summer institute at EMU trains peacebuilders

Program Draws Activists From Around The World To Valley By Jeremy Hunt, Daily News-Record Folks representing cultures from all over the world dance Monday at an event marking the end of the first of four sessions of a peacebuilding program at Eastern Mennonite Univer ...More

New SPI Director Named

Sue Williams EMU has named a new director of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, which is part of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). Lynn Roth ...More