Topics: Cross-Cultural

‘Our Second Century’: Find inspiration and vision in EMU’s fall/winter Crossroads magazine

The Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Crossroads, in mailboxes this month, is the second of two issues celebrating our Centennial year, 2017-18. Eastern Mennonite University was founded 100 years ago, opening for the first classes in October 1917. Click here to view the digital issue. View individual articles by clicking on the links below: New president Susan Schultz Huxman … More

EMU Alumni and Friends Tour to Israel and Palestine will have ‘lifelong impact’

Before her recent Eastern Mennonite University Alumni and Friends Tour to Israel and Palestine, Betty Holsinger Shenk ’75 “knew it would be great.” It turned out, though, to be more than that. “This was a trip of a lifetime,” she said. “Its impact will be lifelong.” During two weeks from Oct. 20 – Nov. 3, … 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

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

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

Bell comes from Ohio to EMU, continuing long life of ‘gathering, sending, remembering’

In 2012, Fred E. and Carolyn Augsburger donated the bell that now resides in front of Lehman Auditorium. The story of that bell, which first rang at West Camelback School near Elida, Ohio, and how it came to the Harrisonburg campus, is shared below by Fred Augsburger, and then by his friend, Bruce Stambaugh. The … More

Justus Holsinger

Justus Holsinger reflects on his journey to Eastern Mennonite School, the changes in clothing, travels to La Plata, Argentina, and how it impacted his life.  This is an excerpt from the video produced for EMU’s 90th anniversary.

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