Category: Peacebuilding

CJP alumnus leads ‘Just Walk’ group to protest Balfour Declaration anniversary

When a group of British activists concluded their 147-day walk across Europe and the Middle East to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Eastern Mennonite University alumnus Husam Jubran was with them. The 2004 graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding,  a professional guide and nonviolence trainer based in the West Bank, … 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

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

EMU graduate places second in 2017 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Hannah Mack-Boll, a 2017 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took second place in the 2017 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest administered by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Mack-Boll’s speech was titled “What is Your Intention?” [Listen to an excerpt of her speech here or read it here.] The speech includes experiences … 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

EMU grads among finalists for Women Peacebuilders for Water Award

Two graduates of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University are finalists for an award honoring women working to resolve water-related conflicts. Amina Abdulkadir and Naema “Nimo” Somo both earned graduate certificates in peacebuilding as participants in the 2013-15 cohort of Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program, and are among nine finalists for the … More

Women peacebuilders and ‘a true hero’ honored at gala to support future scholars

Three women working in peacebuilding were honored during a special Daughters for Life Foundation gala dinner on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C. to support scholarships for Middle East women to study at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. The awardees were Leymah Gbowee MA’07, Nobel Peace … More

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