Center for Justice and Peacebuilding mourns the passing of founding donor Marian Payne

Marian Yoder Payne, a founding donor of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. She and husband James, residents of Richmond, Virginia, helped to start the center and offered strategic gifts during the past 23 years. James is an alumnus of EMU, graduating in 1958 with a degree in education, while Marian … More

Daughters for Life Gala Dinner to honor Leymah Gbowee ’07 and others, and raise funds for Middle East women scholars to attend CJP’s graduate program

Three women working in peacebuilding will be honored during a special Daughters for Life Foundation Gala Dinner in Washington D.C. The Sept. 16 event at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C. is co-sponsored by Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. The honorees are Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize winner and EMU graduate; Ronit Avni, a Peabody Award-winning social entrepreneur and … More

From the Atlantic to the Pacific: Summer bike ride both ‘grueling’ and ‘exhilarating’

The trip began with the traditional dipping of back tires in the Atlantic Ocean at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. It ended 59 days later in the Pacific at Lincoln City, Oregon, after 3,492 miles across 14 states and through Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Goshen, Indiana; Yellowstone National Park, and Portland, Oregon. The summer of 2017 was a … More

Former Ghanaian deputy foreign minister Emmanuel Bombande ’02 gets UN appointment

Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ghana Emmanuel Bombande has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) as its senior mediation advisor in the Central African Republic. Bombande earned a master’s degree in conflict transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in 2002. He will assume duties on Aug. 1. Before becoming deputy … More

African American history at EMU: a timeline

“Diversify” is a one of four key goals of EMU’s strategic plan and a committee on diversity and inclusion plays a key role in campus life and decision making. However, the broader culture, country and our small community have much work to do to welcome all. This timeline shows the painful realities of exclusion that is part of the … More

Timeline of cross-cultural milestones

Remember reading the Bible along the Sea of Galilee, or finding a new “brother” or “sister” when you stayed in a mud-brick dwelling, or doing research at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C.? Those and many more like them are the experiences at the heart of Eastern Mennonite University’s cross-cultural program, which has … More

Under Martin’s wing: EMU grad trains area athletes

The names didn’t miss Adam Dofflemyer’s eyes. Looking for an extra training boost to propel him into a college baseball prospect, Dofflemyer saw how other high school athletes thrived as pupils of Mike Martin ’00 at Next Level Athletic Development. “When he got a couple of these good athletes around the area to start working out … More

Centennial Award recipients Chester and Sara Jane Wenger honored for ‘rich lives of service, leadership and faith’

When Chester Wenger ’36 became acquainted with Sara Jane Weaver ’42, he found her “so beautiful and lovable I couldn’t resist,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. Something else beguiled Chester. “It impressed me to see a young woman stand up there teaching the Bible to a whole roomful of children,” holding their rapt attention. A … More

‘What we bring. What we take. What we leave.’ Centennial theatrics to feature EMU alumni cast and playwrights Ted Swartz and Ingrid De Sanctis

When Ingrid De Sanctis ‘88 and Ted Swartz ‘89, MACL ‘92, debut their theatrical celebration for Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial in Lehman Auditorium during Homecoming and Family Weekend this fall, they hope it will give audience members the same goosebumps they have felt while working on the production. The 90-minute performance of What we bring. What we take. What we leave. — slated for … More

Those famous Mennonite harmonies

Do They Have a Future? What makes the same hymn inspire one individual to heroism and lead another to boredom cannot be calculated. It has to do with the mysterious way in which song connects us to our past, our soul, our future, our Savior. And because God intended us to be different, our uniqueness … More

EMU graduate Georgia Clarinda Tako Molia ’14 named first female chief peace and reconciliation officer of Solomon Islands province

At a crucial time in the history of her country, a Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP) graduate has been named the first female Chief Peace and Reconciliation Officer for the Western Provincial Government of Solomon Islands. Georgia Clarinda Tako Molia-Hanna, based in Gizo, earned a graduate certificate in peacebuilding leadership from Eastern Mennonite University in 2014. She … More

Alumni trio finds their groove with Peace, Love and Little Donuts

“You can say a lot with a donut,” says Judy Miller, waiting at the counter of Peace, Love and Little Donuts in Harrisonburg. Co-owners Matt Hershey ’15 and Cody Troyer ’13 watch while Kaitlyn Troyer ’15, the most artistically inclined of the trio, decorates a dozen fresh donuts with various glazes and toppings. “I put my heart into it,” she says sincerely, … More