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Professors warn against “domestication” of Martin Luther King Jr., urge renewed focus on all forms of inequality

Two Eastern Mennonite University professors – one white and one black – gave back-to-back chapel talks in the past week that highlighted the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his compatriots on the past, present and (they hope) future of their university. Addressing a well-filled Lehman Auditorium on Jan. 17, ...More

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Graduating as h.s. valedictorian at 16, Slashcheva ’11 racks up accomplishments on way to being public-service dentist

Lyubov Slashcheva has an awfully long resume of accomplishments for a 21-year-old. Add to this her start in life—in a small mining town in a remote corner of the former Russian Empire. Slashcheva emigrated from Kazakhstan to the United States with her family at age 5. She started kindergarten in Harrisonburg, Va., with no knowledge of English. Thanks to an English-as-a-Second-Language ...More

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Discovering ‘dynamic, changing, moving’ God when gathered ’round The Table

On a Sunday morning in an upstairs classroom at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, a group of people gather in a circle around a table. Though the setup isn’t immediately indicative of a church service, that’s what makes The Table different. The service, which started as week night get-togethers around town seven or eight years ago, ...More

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EMU, Seminary alumnus named president of Virginia Mennonite Missions

Aaron M. Kauffman of Harrisonburg, Va., was chosen by Virginia Mennonite Missions’ (VMM) 15-member Board of Directors as their next president at the October 18-19 meeting. Kauffman has extensive local and international mission experience serving most recently as VMM global ministries director and advancement associate since 2011. A seven-member sear ...More

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Lois Bowman belies stereotyping as she wraps up 50 years of service to EMU

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One Alum Passes the Torch to Another as CEO for Large Retirement Community

A hospital administrator and community leader will be the new president and chief executive officer of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Va., starting in April. Judith (Reitz) Trumbo ’82 succeeds Ron Yoder ’68, who is retiring. VMRC, neighboring Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on the northeast, has a $20 million annual budg ...More

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Seminary Couple Do Ministry at Dulles

Preaching from a pulpit on Sundays is not the aspiration of seminary students Eugene and Christina Kraybill. Eugene, in fact, is often in the sky Sunday mornings, piloting his United Airlines CRJ-700 from Dulles International Airport – a job he enjoys and plans to continue indefinitely. Ministry, for him, is “not ‘a calling’; it’s life.” “We really feel called to be ...More

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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

Global Cyclists Putting Mettle to the Pedal

Jonathan Spicher (l.) and Lars Akerson moments before beginning their arduous journey from Harrisonburg, Va., to Asuncion, Paraguay, that will take six months and cover 8,500 miles. Photo by Lindsey Roeschley Lars Akerson and Jonathan Spicher are ...More

Historians Examine Amish, Mennonite Response to Civil War Conflict

James O. Lehman, librarian emeritus at EMU and archivist for Virginia Mennonite Conference Two experts in Anabaptist studies have collaborated on the first scholarly examination of pacifism during the Civil War. “Mennonites, Amish and the American Civil War,& ...More