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EMU gets top award for sustainability

EMU Charlotte Wenger and mascot HERM, featured in the award-winning video, challenge all college students to "Chill Out." Photo by Lindsey Kolb

Eastern Mennonite University has been honored as a winner of the National Wildlife Federation’s annual competition “Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus.” This award program recognizes U.S. schools that are designing and implementing creative approaches to advance sustainability on campuses. EMU is one of six winning schools that were chosen from a national pool of entries.

On Being a Conscientious Objector during an Election Campaign

The promotional supplement in the March 21 issue advances  important matters of conscience.  The proposed involvement, though, reflects an acceptance that we are out of step with what the majority of Canadians want from their government.  Electing members of parliament who are open to pursuing peace would create some space for these issues of conscience.

New Book Interprets Church Apologies

‘With grace, courage, and a discerning spirit, Jeremy Bergen offers an account of ecclesial repentance worthy of a pilgrim people, a church at once reconciled and always on the journey toward full reconciliation." --Margaret Pfeil of the University of Notre Dame

In recent years, churches have repented for historical wrongs.  In his new book, “Ecclesial Repentance: The Churches Confront Their Sinful Pasts,” Jeremy M. Bergen tells the story of these apologies and analyzes the theological issues they raise about the nature and mission of the church.

Thiessen named editor of GAMEO

Richard Thiessen

Richard Thiessen of Abbotsford, B.C., has been named managing editor of the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO), succeeding Sam Steiner of Kitchener, Ont., whose terms ends this year.  Thiessen, library director at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, has been associate managing editor since November, 2006.  He begins his role in January, 2012.

A prayer for the election

 

 

Leader:  Lord God, Ruler of the Universe, King of kings and Lord of lords, in this Federal Election in the spring of 2011 we come and bow before you, our first and last allegiance.  You have created powers and principalities, governments and institutions, to regulate human life. We acknowledge them as your servants for our good.

From Honduras: a fish story

The author, Bryan Butler (center) sits down to a delicious fish fry with Jose (Chepe) Vasquez (left), chair of the local co-op, and Manuel Tobara, general manager of the local housing program.

Yesterday afternoon Manuel, Chepe and I were invited to a very special lunch in El Cipres. About nine months ago we regained possession of some property that was to be used for helping poor families.

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