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Obama’s use of Scripture echoes Lincoln, King

President Barack Obama looks at the portrait of Abraham Lincoln that hangs in the Oval Office prior to meeting with President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia, June 29, 2009. RNS photo by Pete Souza/The White House

President Obama will publicly take the oath of office with Bibles once owned by his political heroes, Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. One Bible was well read, but cited cautiously. The other granted scriptural sanction to the civil rights movement.

A Public Confession of Our Personal Wars

Devon Clunis, a 25-year veteran of the police force, will be sworn in as chief of police later this year.

The sound-byte was simple, “What would happen if we all just truly—I'm talking about all religious stripes here—started praying for the peace of this city and then actually started putting some action behind that?”  With that quote Devon Clunis, Winnipeg's incoming chief of police, stirred up a  brief and vigorous media storm.  Responses ranged, predictably, from clear support for

EMU trained new president of Somalia

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the new president of Somalia, is standing in center-front among classmates at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding Institute. This class, titled "Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach," was one of three that the president took.

The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, deepened his understanding of building peace in traumatized societies in three classes taken at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) held at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU).

EMU grad brings trauma-healing to Somalia

Doreen Ruto of Kenya, pictured working in Somalia, is playing a key role in a USAID-funded project using materials developed at EMU for Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR). The goal is to introduce trauma-healing principles to about 115,000 Somalis and thus decrease the likelihood of cycles of violence.

A graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), as well as the center’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program, is playing a key role in a 

Elsie Cressman, pioneer missionary, dies

Elsie Cressman, foreground, the subject of a documentary, Return to Africa: The Story of Elsie Cressman, is pictured with filmmakers Paul Francescutti, and Paula and Paul Campsall, at a screening in Waterloo in 2010

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 23, for Elsie Cressman, former Eastern Mennonite Missions worker in East Africa, who died Sept. 11, in New Hamburg. Cressman was known for her work among leprosy patients and her work as a midwife both in East Africa and in Canada.

EMU grads head for war-torn Colombia

Larisa Zehr (centre), Jessica Sarriot and William C. Morris are recent EMU grads who have headed 2,000 miles south to work alongside Colombians seeking to emerge from decades of warfare and destitution. Photo by Emma Stahl-Wert.

Months after earning their undergraduate degrees from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2011, Jessica Sarriot (Silver Spring, Md.), Larisa Zehr (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and William C. Morris (Charlottesville, Va.) headed 2,000 miles south to work alongside Colombians seeking to emerge from decades of warfare and destitution.

Former MCC executive joins MWC as fundraiser

Arli Klassen begins her duties Oct. 1.

Arli Klassen, formerly executive director of the binational Mennonite Central Committee before its reorganization earlier this year into a Canadian and US entity, will serve as Development Manager for Mennonite World Conference beginning October 1, 2012, according to a news release.  She is in the process of moving from Akron, Pa. to Kitchener, Ont.

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