Category: 2014

EMS alumna leads clergy protest in Charlottesville; EMU community members join activism

As news of the Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally reverberated out of Charlottesville, Eastern Mennonite University — located 60 miles over Afton Mountain in the Shenandoah Valley — and its widespread community watched in dismay and anger. Because of the close proximity and many connections, numerous EMU community members were part of events that … More

EMU President Susan Schultz Huxman responds to aftermath of events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Today, as a campus community committed to extending the peace of Jesus Christ, we stand in sympathy and in solidarity with our brothers and sisters caught up in the ugly, tragic violence ignited by virulent racism in Charlottesville. We especially grieve for those who lost their lives and were injured while standing against hate and … 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

Iraqi youth work to build culture of peace with support of CJP, alumni and Iraqi al-Amani Association

In an Iraqi mall on Valentine’s Day, shoppers were treated to a unique sight. Twenty-eight young people wearing traditional dress from the many cultures in the country congregated to sing, dance, and hand out flowers and balloons with messages of love and co-existence. The event, one of 42 created and implemented by Iraqi youth across … More

Practicum helps CJP alumnus Lydell Steiner to found Ohio mediation center

Lydell Steiner’s vocation came calling in the form of a persistent acquaintance who recognized his skills might fit a community need. The Ohio native was a team pastor at Kidron Mennonite Church when a community member repeatedly asked if he’d consider developing local mediation resources. At the time, Steiner was enrolled in Eastern Mennonite Seminary, … More

Jean Claude Nkundwa MA ’14 accepts CJP Peacebuilder of the Year Award

Jean Claude Nkundwa MA ’14, who works for peace in his native country of Burundi from exile in Rwanda, accepted the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s Peacebuilder of the Year award at Eastern Mennonite University May 24. The award, which comes with a travel and tuition grant to attend a session of the Summer Peacebuilding … More

100 Years of Sustainability in Park View, from farm-grown food to LEED buildings

With thanks to Kenton Brubaker, Beryl and Mark Brubaker, Clair Mellinger, Eldon Kurtz, Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, Ed Lehman and LeRoy Troyer.   1917 The school opens in Assembly Park. 1920 The school adds the 103-acre Whitmore farm to the west. Farmer D. Stoner Krady, paid $80/month (as much as a faculty member), is employed to work … More

As national interest in racial healing work grows, CJP alumni join Coming To The Table leadership

Fabrice Guerrier and Jodie Geddes, alumni of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, have been elected to two-year terms on the board of managers with affiliate organization Coming To The Table (CTTT). Guerrier, who works in the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C., and Geddes, a community organizing coordinator with Restorative Justice for … More

Red Cross disaster program manager earns excellence award for promoting fire safety in at-risk communities

Patrick Campbell ’12, MA ’14 (conflict transformation) was honored with the Governor’s Fire Services Award for Civilian Excellence in Virginia Fire Service Support. He accepted the award Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Virginia Fire and Rescue Conference in Virginia Beach. As senior disaster program manager for the American Red Cross Virginia Region, Campbell helped launch … More

Burundi peace activist Jean Claude Nkundwa to receive the CJP Peacebuilder of the Year Award

Jean Claude Nkundwa, a 2014 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), has been selected for the center’s Peacebuilder of the Year Award. Nkundwa has devoted himself to peace processes in his native Burundi. Since May 2015, he has been living in exile in Rwanda while advocating for sustainable peace and … More

Jonathan Swartz named first director of residence life, student accountability and restorative justice

When Jonathan Swartz thinks of residence life at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), he thinks of the idea behind home, a space from which and in which students learn, grow and transform. But he also thinks of neighbors. “In order for homes—our residence halls— here at EMU to become communities, we have to have neighbors,” he … More

Liberian alumna researches youth in conflict, develops fledgling plans for peace dialogue institute

In Gwendolyn Myers’ native Liberia and surrounding West African countries, “young people can be used as perpetrators of violence and conflict,” she says. “They are used as weapons. But they can also be used as messengers of peace, if they are prepared to recognize the triggers and indicators of violence, and then address and resolve … More