A Pilgrimage of Just Peace
Dr. Ben Brazil
Assistant professor and director of the ministry of writing program,
Earlham School of Religion
“Travel and Justice: The Moral Maze”
Travel can expose our prejudices, expand our sympathy, and transform how we see the world. On the other hand, travel relies on our privilege, burns fossil fuels, and can have hidden consequences. This lecture invites you to think about how we navigate a maze that we did not create but that we necessarily inhabit.
A former journalist and freelance travel writer, Ben Brazil has written for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. This past spring, he completed his doctorate from Emory University's Graduate Division of Religion, where he studied in the American Religious Cultures program.
Dr. Christina Bucher
Carl W. Zeigler Professor of Religion, Elizabethtown College
“Pondering Joshua In Search of Just Peace”
Many peace-loving Bible readers shun the book of Joshua, a text that seems to advocate cruelty, sanction genocide, and honor a bloodthirsty god. What can we learn about just peace through conversation with the book of Joshua as our dialogue partner? How can historical research about Canaanites and Israelites help us think differently about this scandalous text?
Christina Bucher teaches biblical studies at Elizabethtown College and is a member of the Bethany Seminary Board of Trustees. Currently also on the board of the Believers Church Bible Commentary, she has authored articles, book chapters, and Bible studies and has presented widely on themes in biblical literature.
Pastor and former director of Christian Peacemaker Teams
“On Tiptoe to See: The Bible, Oppressions, and Transformation”
What do you hope for?
Cultivating: tips for dismantling oppressions that infest out minds and communities (racism, heterosexism, sexism, etc.)
Tending: soil care guidelines for growing the Beloved Community.
Currently copastor of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship in Tucson, Arizona, Carol Rose is a longtime peacemaker and justice worker, from Southeast Asia to the Middle East to the Americas. She is also a poet and a gardener of food and beauty.
Dr. Scott Holland
Slabaugh Professor of Theology and Culture and director of peace studies
and cross-cultural studies, Bethany Theological Seminary
“Does Religion Still Matter in Seeking Cultures of Just Peace?”
Although historically religion has often been a source of both terror and transformation, the many international manifestations of violence underwritten by the rhetoric of religion in the twenty-first century have many wondering if religion any longer prevents cruelty and leads to human flourishing. Drawing from global ecumenical and interfaith narratives of peace building, this presentation will offer evidence that religion still matters in seeking cultures of just peace.
Scott Holland is a senior contributing editor for CrossCurrents journal in New York and was a member of the World Council of Churches’ international drafting team for An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace. He speaks and writes on issues of peacemaking, justice, culture, and theopoetics.
Dr. Fernando Enns
Professor of peace theology and ethics at VU University Amsterdam
“The Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”
The Tenth Assembly of the World Council of Churches has committed itself and invited all churches and people of good will to an ecumenical Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace—the overarching program of the WCC for the next seven years. As a follow up to the Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-10, it will encourage the churches to stay committed to the issues of justice and peace. It will also offer a new approach to the general understanding of ecumenism: to walk together and share our spiritual gifts. This presentation will provide an overview of the concept of this pilgrimage.
A member of the WCC Central Committee, Dr. Enns has had leading roles in the Council’s peace and justice work for more than fifteen years, including current moderator of the WCC Reference Group on Just Peace. His vast ecumenical experience extends from building international partnerships as a theology faculty member to lecturing in numerous international venues. In Germany Dr. Enns is a delegate to the National Council of Churches and has provided leadership for various ecumenical groups and events. He is ordained within the Association of Mennonite Churches in Germany and is vice chair of the board of the Association. Since 2006 he has also directed the Institute for Peace Church Theology at Hamburg University.
Dr. Elizabeth Ferris
Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
“Humanitarian Crises: The Crying Need for a Just Peace”
The world today confronts an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises. More than 50 million people have been displaced by conflict, the highest number since World War II. But there are no humanitarian solutions to humanitarian crises—only the difficult journey towards just peace. Injustice and conflict are the root causes of these crises; political solutions that don’t address these causes rarely last. This plenary will provide an overview of the world’s humanitarian crises and outline links between working for just peace and serving those who suffer from war and injustice.
Elizabeth Ferris codirects the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement and teaches at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Prior to joining Brookings in 2006, Dr. Ferris spent twenty years working in the field of international humanitarian response, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Council of Churches. She has also served as research director for the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden and as director of the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program in New York. She has been a professor at several US universities and has written or edited six books and many articles on humanitarian issues.
Dr. James Samuel Logan
National Endowment for the Humanities Endowed Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies,
“'Everywhere Ferguson' and the Racial Crucible of the Christian Peace Churches”
This plenary will explore the moral significance of peace churches as a political force confronting the tragedy at Ferguson—indeed, the nation’s contemporary symbol of the obsessive surveillance, monetary abuse, militarized policing, mass imprisonment, and authorized killing of Black bodies. The lecture offers an exploration of Christian justice and love as concrete sites of resistance, racial justice, and ultimately, reconciling Christian love forged against the necropolitics revealed in the memes Ferguson Is Everywhere, #BlackLivesMatter, and #AllLivesMatter.
James Logan teaches in the religion department and teaches in and directs the Program in African and African American Studies at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. His areas of teaching and research cover religious, philosophical, and social ethics; religion and law; constructive Christian theologies; Black religion; theories of religion; and the relationships among religion, ethics, and politics in civil/public life.
Dr. Sharon E. Watkins
General minister and president of the Christian Church (Discples of Christ)
An inspirational speaker, teacher, and facilitator, Sharon Watkins will help open the Forum Friday evening as guest speaker during worship and in a talkback session. A former missionary, professor, and university administrator, she served on the World Council of Churches Central Committee and is chair-elect of the National Council of Churches Governing Board
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