‘DoveTale’ benefit show marks 20-year anniversary, honors Lee Eshleman and adds to centennial celebrations

Twenty years after it debuted, DoveTale will be performed at Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium Dec. 10, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. All ages are invited to this family-friendly show which brings a humorous and poignant look into the hearts and minds of Joseph, Mary, and the Angel Gabriel as they confront the gritty realities of … More

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

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

Alum’s new book leverages donations to Suter Science Center Phase II campaign

For the second time, author Dr. Joseph Martin has made his alma mater the site of a book launch celebration. In 2011, he released “Alfalfa to Ivy: Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Dean” (University of Alberta Press) at Eastern Mennonite University. [Read about this event.] During the Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend in mid-October, Martin … More

Auction of mint condition Hudson Hornet to benefit University Fund

Any takers for a meticulously maintained 1954 Hudson Hornet four-door sedan – a production model of the sleek, smooth-handling automobile that inspired the “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” of Disney/Pixar’s blockbuster film Cars? The car was put up for auction on eBay by a couple with close ties to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), with proceeds from its … 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

Softball seating terrace dedicated before alumni game

Friends and family of softball player Kaitlin Aylor, community members and Royals softball fans gathered at Eastern Mennonite University’s Gehman Field for a special ceremony Sunday, Oct. 15, to dedicate the new seating area behind home plate. The built-in terraces were funded by the Kaitlin Aylor Memorial Fund. Aylor was a Madison County High School … More

Centennial Homecoming draws record crowd for a ‘magical weekend’

Community members new to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) joined those with ties three and four generations back to its beginning in 1917 to celebrate the university’s Centennial Oct. 12-15 during Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017. While “homecoming” often conjures images of happily engaged older alumni in circles of chairs reminiscing, this weekend provided that and … More

Centennial worship offers thanks for 100 years of blessings and a call to listen

October 15, 1917, was the first day of classes at the new Eastern Mennonite School located in a rented hotel near Harrisonburg, Virginia. One hundred years later to the day, the school — now known as Eastern Mennonite University — concluded a special Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend with worship  in a near-capacity Lehman Auditorium. … 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