Category: Faith

An EMS scholarship beneficiary envisions the future church

Valerie Showalter, a graduate student at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, shared the following words at the Oct. 13 Donor Appreciation Banquet. She is pastor of youth and children’s ministries at Shalom Mennonite Congregation in Harrisonburg. She and partner Justin Shenk, both 2006 graduates of EMU, were community hosts in a United Reformed Church through Mennonite Mission Network … More

Centennial history now on sale

Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education was released by Penn State Press in time for EMU’s Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 13-15, 2017. In this unique educational history, Donald B. Kraybill ‘67 traces the sociocultural transformation of EMU from a fledgling separatist school founded by white, rural, Germanic Mennonites into a world-engaged … More

Congregate Charlottesville co-founders to be honored by National Council of Churches

An Eastern Mennonite Seminary graduate and two other organizers of the clergy protest against the August “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, will be honored by the National Council of Churches (NCC). Brittany Caine-Conley, along with the Rev. Seth Wispelwey and the Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, will receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Faithful … More

From Ecuador to Los Angeles: Centennial Augsburger Lecture Series features alumni with diverse missions experience

When James Krabill thinks about how his many years of global ministry work began, he thinks of “Rebirth,” a group of student-singers from Eastern Mennonite College who went on two national tours in 1970 and 1971. “We were on tour every night from Boston to the Jesus People in Los Angeles,” he said. “We were … More

Annual donor banquet thanks ‘mission-makers’ and ‘third-way kingdom-builders’

A record crowd of nearly 450 attended the donor banquet Friday evening at Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend. Vice President for Advancement Kirk Shisler said the event is one small way to thank the many alumni and EMU community members for their philanthropic support. “It is especially gratifying to know that more … More

Spanning nearly 50 years of institutional leadership, EMC/EMU presidents emeriti reminisce

Friday afternoon’s Presidential Forum at Eastern Mennonite University’s MainStage Theater offered a rare opportunity to hear from four leaders: three who have led the institution through major cultural and curricular change, and a fourth whose current leadership symbolizes a new beginning and new challenges. “This is one of the events I’ve been looking forward to … More

10x10x100 Centennial artists offer 500 new perspectives on EMU

The five artists who contributed to Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial art installation offered new perspectives — 500 of them — on the theme “Serving, Leading, Transforming.” Exhibited in the Margaret Martin Gehman Gallery during Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 13-15, 2017, “10x10x100” featured five artists and their 100 new works, each measuring 10 by 10 … More

Centennial play by Swartz and DeSanctis, with troupe of alumni actors, delivers reflection and affirmation

They’d wanted audiences to laugh, reflect, feel goosebumps, pause, celebrate and sing — and that’s exactly what happened at the two performances of What we bring. What we take. What we leave. in Lehman Auditorium during Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 13-15, 2017. The production, commissioned by EMU’s Centennial Committee and … More

Forging peace: ‘Guns Into Plowshares’ sculpture dedicated at EMU

A new symbol of nonviolence is the latest artistic addition to the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) campus. “Guns Into Plowshares,” a 16-foot-tall, 4-ton sculpture depicting a plow covered with more than 3,000 handguns collected from the Washington D.C. streets, was dedicated in an afternoon ceremony Oct. 10. Artist Esther Augsburger, her husband President Emeritus Myron … More

Joe Lapp led a shrinking college to be a growing university

Of EMU’s eight presidents during its 98 years of existence, only one came from a career in a totally secular field. Law. This was president no. 7, Joseph L. Lapp ’66. After graduating with a J.D. from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1972, Lapp practiced law in several situations before becoming a partner … More

EMU preps multi-talented Chilean alumni for doctoral religious studies, peacebuilding dialogue in the Jewish community

When Channah Fonseca-Quezada and David Quezada talk about their personal journeys that have merged and taken them from their native Chile to the United States and now to Canada, one thing is clear: Eastern Mennonite University is integral in their stories. [Since attending EMU, the couple, formerly known as Anita and Cristian, have begun using … More

ACRS book series finale features stories of the often surprising results of service

The fourth and final volume in the Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society (ACRS) series The Geography of Our Faith will be released during the October 13-15 Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend at Eastern Mennonite University. Authors and editors will be present at a celebration and book-signing from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at Martin Chapel in the seminary building. … More