Category: 1950

Rev George R. “George R. II” Brunk was evangelist, dean

George R. Brunk II, 90, widely-known evangelist, church leader and former dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, died Apr. 21, 2002, at his home in Park Village at the age of 90. Dr. Brunk served more than 65 years in pastoral ministry and was active in churchwide crusades, writing and Bible conference work. He was born … More

‘An Experiment Like No Other’: Centennial historian Donald B. Kraybill reflects on six years of research

In 2011, esteemed author Donald B. Kraybill ’67 was commissioned to write a fresh history of Eastern Mennonite University. “We couldn’t imagine a better person to undertake this project,” said Provost Fred Kniss, in announcing the appointment. “Don brings a unique perspective as an EMU graduate, sociologist, theological and cultural interpreter, and prolific writer of … 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

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

100 Years of the Arts at EMU

Students entering Eastern Mennonite University today may not realize that in their grandparents’ generation, this institution offered one option in terms of music. Singing. Usually in four-part harmony. A cappella only. Hymns. Until the late 20th century, Mennonites in this country tended to limit the arts to: (1) functionality, as in hand-crafted quilts for beds … More

A timeline of YPCA/Y-Serve’s Christian ministry and service at EMU from 1922 to the present

 If asked to identify the most influential student organization in Eastern Mennonite University’s 100-year history, the answer is easy: the Young People’s Christian Association, known popularly as YPCA or the Y. For many years, the student body and YPCA were one and the same: if you were a student at what was then called Eastern … More

Homecoming worship service lifts up words of Micah to honor alumni award winners and retiring professor

The honorees at Eastern Mennonite University’s Oct. 13 Homecoming and Family Weekend worship service included a pastor and social justice activist, a couple who has devoted themselves to a community of healing for those in mental health distress, a woman who lives among the poor of Asia, and a well-loved music professor, who has, among … More

Latest ACRS publication features Mennonite and Brethren authors on the theme of service

Service takes center stage in the latest collection of memoir from the Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society (ACRS) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Titled “Re-Envisioning Service: The Geography of Our Faith,” the book will be released during EMU’s Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 14-16. It is the third volume in ACRS’ series “The Geography … More

Alumni of the Year 1974: John M. and Betty (Keener) Drescher

A Scottdale, Pa., couple who has devoted years of service to church work was named joint recipients of the eighth “alumnus-of-the-year” award during Eastern Mennonite College’s Alumni Association homecoming banquet April 27. John M. (C 51, 53) and Betty K. (CngSO) Drescher accepted the award from Fred L. Den­linger (C 58), president of EMC’s Alumni … More

Alumna of they Year 1977: Maribel Kraybill

Maribel Kraybill (C 53), prin­cipal of Locust Grove Mennonite School in Smoketown (Lancaster County), Pa., received EMC’s “alumnus-of-the-year” award during homecoming April 23. Linford K. Gehman (C 58), outgoing president of the Alumni Association, presented Miss Kraybill the citation for “ dedica­tion to Christian education at the elementary level.” The alumna was cited “ for … More

Memoir of Mennonite Voluntary Service years in Alberta highlights hard work of many alumni

A new memoir by Isaac “Ike” Glick ’55 and Mildred “Millie” Alger Glick, class of ’55, Risk and Adventure: Community development in Northern Alberta (1955-1970), highlights the work of Mennonite Voluntary Service participants (MVS) in Canada from 1955-1970. An estimated one-third of approximately 100 people involved in the program were Eastern Mennonite College graduates, according … More

WEMC, Virginia’s first noncommercial radio station, was founded on campus in 1954

When student G. Irvin Lehman wrote an English paper in the 1930s suggesting that Eastern Mennonite College would start a radio station in the future, opposition to the idea was so strong that he was reprimanded for his idea. A little more than twenty years later, broadcasting equipment was installed into the balcony of the … More