CJP director undertakes 40-day fast for healing

Mar 13, 2017 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — In preparation for his 40-day fast, which began Ash Wednesday March 1, Daryl Byler has made a few changes to his recreational reading. The lawyer, ordained minister and executive director...

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EMU president announces steps to prevent, respond to misconduct

Feb 13, 2017 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — President Susan Schultz Huxman launched an Action Plan Steering Committee Jan. 26 at Eastern Mennonite University to ensure EMU meets federal regulations and implements best practices to...

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Activist and Jubilee group announce partnership at EMU

Sep 26, 2016 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Christian activist Shane Claiborne announced a partnership with the nonprofit financial reform organization Jubilee USA Network Sept. 14 at Eastern Mennonite University. He joined with...

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Chaplain redirects some tax dollars to pay for peace

May 23, 2016 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — For two years, Ruth Anne Friesen has redirected a portion of her federal income tax payments to support the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience program at Eastern Mennonite...

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Candidate of choice for EMU president announced

Apr 13, 2016 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University’s Presidential Search Committee announced Susan Schultz Huxman as its candidate of choice to be EMU’s ninth president at an April 13 all-campus...

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Blogging duo crafts their way onto ‘Rachael Ray Show’

Jan 4, 2016 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — What is the secret to a superb apple pie, worthy of featuring on The Rachael Ray Show? Two tablespoons of French apple brandy, homemade caramel sauce and a blog enterprise run by two...

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EMU administrator knew South Carolina classroom assault officer

Dec 21, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — When a person you know well makes a regrettable choice, how do you reconcile what you know about that person with his or her actions? And how do you share what you know about this person...

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How is a call to arms ‘Christ-centered’?

Dec 16, 2015 by and

Daryl Byler, executive director of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, wrote this open letter to his former law school colleague Jerry Falwell Jr. Condensed here, it was...

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Oasis refreshes ministry

Aug 31, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — In March, Tom and Carolyn Albright got a phone call from the police. A member of their church had been sleeping in a garbage dumpster and was crushed by a compactor early one morning. He...

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Former NFL player at the center of feeding others

Jun 22, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — When former star NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing. “I don’t know anything about...

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EMU president announces retirement

May 4, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University President Loren E. Swartzendruber announced April 30 that he plans to retire June 30, 2016. The date will mark 13 years of leadership as the university’s...

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EMU helps bring restorative justice to police department

Mar 30, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — If one particular young man in Harrisonburg had stolen from his employer a few months earlier, he might have found himself standing before a judge, facing a possible jail sentence. Thanks...

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EMU students enlist Nobel laureate in fight against Ebola

Feb 2, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — After spending the summer thousands of miles from her native Liberia and watching nervously as Ebola swept through her country, sophomore Winifred Gray-Johnson wanted to take action when...

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EMU announces significant solar expansion

Dec 22, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Four years after a 104-kilowatt solar panel array on the roof of Eastern Mennonite University’s Hartzler Library came online, the university has announced plans to significantly expand...

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Voice of grace

Nov 3, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Three is a magic number, says veteran actor and playwright Ted Swartz. “That’s true in baseball, theater and comedy,” he said. “I generally listen when things come in...

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EMU welcomes Somali president back to campus

Sep 1, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud topped off his attendance at the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama with an Aug. 7 visit to Harrisonburg, where he...

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EMU Kenyan students connect miles from home

Jul 21, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Their neighborhoods in Nairobi, Kenya, were only 30 minutes apart. Yet two students traveled more than 7,500 miles to meet for the first time at Eastern Mennonite University, where they...

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EMU SPI participant rushes back to Syria flock

Jul 7, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Four days after traveling from war-torn Syria to peaceful Harrisonburg, a Summer Peacebuilding Institute student had to return to his gutted church. Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, a prominent...

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Descendants touched by slavery come to the table

Jun 16, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Despite the time separating current Americans from the era of legal slavery, the wounds of racial injustice remain fresh for the descendants of slaves, especially in the face of ignorance...

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Teacher has a smaller audience

Jun 9, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — After earning a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2006, Harrisonburg native John Hostetter moved to Tucson, Ariz. He spent two years playing guitar in a...

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