Category: Religion

Election documentary ‘Hope Was Not On The Ballot’ explores the promise of Christian witness in tumultuous times

Three days before the 2016 presidential election, two Mennonites arrived in Washington D.C. from Ontario, Canada, on a kind of exploratory mission, a self-described “pilgrimage” to the American capital. Their pilgrimage was a reprise of one taken five years ago, when the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial was unveiled on the National Mall. Over the … More

‘Welcome Your Neighbor’ sign continues to spread around the nation, to the delight of its creators at Immanuel Mennonite Church

From Washington D.C. to Colorado, demand for Immanuel Mennonite Church’s “Welcome Your Neighbor” sign has skyrocketed. The sign, with a distinctive tri-color banding, reads in three languages: No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor. Since first posted in front of the Harrisonburg, Virginia, church in September 2015, a flood of attention from … More

Daniel Grimes

Daniel Grimes ’78 shares about why he chose EMU. Music: “Growing Up” by EMU alum Grace Delp

Two languages, one love

While Miriam Charles, 89, quilts over a frame in the basement of Habecker Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, six fellow congregants make steady progress on simple drawstring bags that will be Mennonite Central Committee school supply and hygiene kits. Say Li works at a nearby sewing machine. Ler Lah, a widower and father to seven children, … More

A warm welcome: signs by church become popular in city yards

Tri-color signs are appearing in yards across Harrisonburg. In the center, in English, the signs say, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” The sentence is repeated above in Spanish and below in Arabic. The signs come from the Harrisonburg District of Mennonite Churches. There are currently about 400 signs around … More

Open doors: Pastor Beny Krisbianto makes a new home in South Philly

Does anyone know what’s happening with Paradise Gardens at 15th & Ritner? Various rumors flying ’round the neighborhood – none of them especially good. … Posted on an internet site, that comment summed up many conversations of locals in the predominately Italian South Philadelphia neighborhood in 2012. Vacant for 12 years, the nondescript two-story building … More

Love of neighbor: Center for Interfaith Engagement continues to grow

Within hours of her arrival from Indonesia to Eastern Mennonite University, Fulbright Scholar Dr.Syafaatun Almirzanah had a new friend. At the faculty/staff picnic, five-year-old Julian Nussbaum tugged on her shalwar kameez, whispered in her ear and made sure she had enough food.  Their budding friendship was a small symbol of the work of his mother, … More

Time changes for EMC walnut tree

A walnut tree that grew near the original buildings of Eastern Mennonite College has been returned to the school as a piece of art. Tuesday, the Rev. Moses Slabaugh of Park View presented EMC President Richard C. Detweiler a grandfather’s clock which Slabaugh made from the tree. The clock has been placed in the President’s … More

Daniel Hochstetler

Daniel Hochstetler ’60 discusses his experience living in the “Ad” building as well as formative courses during his time at EMC, geology with D. Ralph Hostetter and church history with Irvin B. Horst. Music: Ethan Bard, “Christmas Tree Farm”

Darrell Jantzi

Darrell Jantzi ’65 shares about how his professor, Hubert Pellman, responded in a pastoral way when they received the news that President John F. Kennedy had died. Music: The Walking Roots Band, “O Love Divine,” www.thewalkingrootsband.com

Theme House program carries on intentional community legacy

Eastern Mennonite University has a long history of students living in intentional community settings on campus — from cohabiting groups of the ‘70s to the current Theme Housing program, which began in 2015. The Shenandoah yearbook first mentions group-house living in 1971, when 53 women and seven cats were divided up among Martin House, Suter … More

David and Grace Shenk and the footprints of an 80-year missions legacy in East Africa

On a Sunday morning this past July, four American children entered a church in Bumangi, Tanzania. They were welcomed as family, embraced, and given gifts of intricately woven East African cloth. Then they heard stories of their great-grandparents from those who still remembered. For the children, on a trip with grandparents David and Grace Shenk, … More