The Just Peacemaking Initiative (JPi) regularly supports co-curricular forums and events, conferences, and travel study opportunities related to peacemaking practices and our areas of focus. Find more information about events that we have hosted in the past here:
The Art of Peace: Spring Festival of the Arts
Sponsored by the Fuller Arts Collective (and others listed below)
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / May 6-10, 2013
Join us for this years Spring Festival of the Arts! The theme is: THE ART OF PEACE. Below are details of the week.
Host: Fuller Arts Collective
Event: Film Screening
Details: Screening of the film “Eyes to See,” directed by student David De Vos, followed by a Q&A. From IMDB: “A news cameraman covering the Haiti earthquake must choose between doing his job and helping the victims he encounters. Inspired by the writer/director’s personal involvement with the Haitian relief effort right after the earthquake.”
Host: Peace and Justice Advocates & Fuller Gender and Culture
Details: Forum about Gender Inequality and the theology of violence”
Host: Peace and Justice Advocates
Event: Open Mic Night
Details: Open Mic “Peace and Passion” stop by and share your art!
Host: OneTable Fuller
Details: Celebrating the role of art in peacemaking between the Church and the LGBTQ community.
Hosts: Just Peacemaking Initiative and G3 Greening Fuller Seminary
Event: DIY/Up-cycling workshop
Details: For the fifth in a series of environmentally-focused events, stop by and create your own up-cycling project while exploring how we can re-imagine what we already have in order to waste less and participate in making things new.
Hosts: Brehm Center and FAC
Event: Brehm Gathering
Details: Conversations with Michael Fox, who worked with Palestinian and Israeli youth on expressing themselves through music and poetry, and Alexus Rhone, whose poetry is equal parts beautiful, powerful, provocative, and profound.
Hosts: All Seminary Chapel
Details: A U2Charist is a communion service, or Eucharist, accompanied by U2 songs in lieu of traditional hymns or contemporary music. This music is live from our Fuller chapel team.
Hosts: ASC, ISO, FAC
Event: All Nations Banquet and Talent Showcase
Details: All Nations Banquet allows attendees to sample food from 30 different countries. Talent Showcase is audition-based.
Creation Care Mini-Conference
Co-Sponsored by the Office of the President, G3 Greening Fuller Seminary, All Seminary Chapel, and Fuller’s Peace and Justice Advocates student group
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / April 30 – May 1, 2013
The Just Peacemaking Initiative is pleased to announce a mini-conference on creation care this spring. On Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1, 2013, we will be hosting a series of events with Dr. Matthew Sleeth, MD. Dr. Sleeth and his wife, Nancy, founded Blessed Earth, “an educational nonprofit that inspires and equips people of faith to become better stewards of the earth.” The organization is focused on promoting measurable environmental change and meaningful spiritual growth through church, campus, and media outreach, and Fuller Seminary is among the founding partner schools of Blessed Earth’s Seminary Stewardship Alliance.
On the evening of Tuesday, April 30, Dr. Sleeth’s lecture will be followed by a panel conversation featuring William Dyrness, Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, Jessica Aldridge, Executive Director of the Burbank Green Alliance, and Will Samson, Director of Advancement and Institutional Relations for Blessed Earth. Events during this conference include:
- “Global Warming and Its Implications for Peace”: A Conversation with Matthew Sleeth and Will Samson
- “Creation Care and Sabbath Economics”: A Public Lecture by Matthew Sleeth followed by a Panel Discussion
- “God at Work in the World: Creation Care”: Chapel Service featuring Matthew Sleeth, Tommy Givens, Jacob Cook, and others
A Conversation with Jim Wallis on the Common Good
All Saints Church, Pasadena, California / April 29, 2013
Come to dine and dialogue with Jim Wallis, New York Times best-selling author and founder of Sojourners. Jim will be at All Saints Church in Pasadena for an event around the release of his latest book, On God’s Side, on Monday, April 29, and he has set aside 5:00-6:30pm for a meal and conversation with Fuller students prior to the public event at 7:00pm. Seating in the Seminar Room will be limited, and pizza, salad, and drinks will be provided for those in attendance.
More about the book: On God’s Side confronts US American public discourse where it stands: “[W]e are a very divided nation, polarized and paralyzed. Our political leaders can’t find the courage or the civility to address the real problems we face.” Jim continues, “I believe it is time to revive an ancient idea . . .: the Common Good. It means to not just look after ourselves and our group, but to really understand that we are our neighbors’ keeper. How do we work with those even with whom we disagree? How do we find what is in fact the best thing for all of us?” The foundation for this concern, he claims, is Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves: “That’s the standard. That’s reframing the question. And that could hold our nation’s elected officials accountable. And more than that, that could be the thing that we work for, and live for, and act for outside Washington in a way that could even change Washington.”
Art, Activism, and Our Earthen Home
Co-Sponsored by the Brehm Center, Fuller’s School of Theology, and G3 Greening Fuller Seminary
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / April 24, 2013
For the fourth in a series of environmentally-focused events, join us for a conversation among thoughtful individuals at the intersection of art and ecological activism. Our lead dialogue partners will be:
- Mike Hernandez (Exile Child)
- Janet Owen Driggs (Owen Driggs)
- Ellen Davis (Duke Divinity School)
- John Chan (Formation Association)
- Autumn Rooney (Arroyo S.E.C.O. Network of Time Banks)
Co-Sponsored by All Saints Church
Pasadena, California / April 18-21, 2013
The Just Peacemaking Initiative and All Saints Church are pleased to announce a series of events on public theology and the sacredness of human life this spring featuring David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Macon, GA. Christian ethicist, teacher, activist, and public intellectual, David has been an advocate on a number of controversial issues from an evangelical perspective, including torture and human rights, climate change, and most recently gun violence. Event titles will include:
- “Public Theology and Activism in a Life of Ministry”
- “Public Theology and the Sacredness of Human Life”
- “Public Theology with Respect to Israel and Palestine”
- “Faith and Politics in America: The Current State of Play and Reflections on the Hottest Contemporary Issues”
- “The Sacredness of Human Life and the Ethics of Detainee Treatment”
Throughout these days with David, several local scholars will come to engage with David on various levels. On April 18, Hak Joon Lee, Professor of Theology and Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and Jacob Cook, Associate Director of the Just Peacemaking Initiative at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, will join a panel discussion. On April 19, Judith Mendelsohn Rood, Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, CA, will join in conversation. And on April 20, Glen H. Stassen, Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics and Executive Director of the Just Peacemaking Initiative at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, will offer the first response to David’s lecture.
Preview Film Screening: [un]Common Sounds
Co-Sponsored by the Brehm Center
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / April 19, 2013
[un]Common Sounds documents the research journey of Professor Roberta King and Postdoctoral Fellow Sooi Ling Tan in bringing together Muslim and Christian scholars, ethnomusicologists, and musicians to explore the contribution of music and the arts in fostering sustainable peace building efforts.
A panel discussion with Craig Detweiler (Pepperdine University), Roberta King (Fuller Seminary), and Scott Sunquist (Fuller Seminary) will follow the screening.
A Wendell Berry Reading
Co-Sponsored by G3 Greening Fuller Seminary
Rose City Coffee, Pasadena, CA / April 6, 2013
For the third in a series of environmentally-focused events, hear readings from the works of Wendell Berry by Tommy Givens and others from the Fuller community. Join us to appreciate the beauty and wonder of our relationship to the land and one another.
“MY NEIGHBOURHOOD” Film Screening and Conversation with Ronit Avni
Co-Sponsored by Reel Spirituality and First Baptist Church of Pasadena
First Baptist Church, Pasadena, California / February 24, 2013
Fuller Theological Seminary’s Just Peacemaking Initiative and Reel Spirituality and the First Baptist Church are pleased to invite you to a special screening of Just Vision’s latest award-winning film “MY NEIGHBOURHOOD” followed by a lively discussion with award-winning filmmaker and Executive Director of Just Vision, Ronit Avni. From the critically acclaimed creators of Encounter Point and Budrus and directed by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, My Neighbourhood tells the story of a remarkable nonviolent campaign in the heart of Jerusalem.
Energy Consumption Workshop
Co-Sponsored by G3 Greening Fuller Seminary
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / February 6, 2013
For the second in a series of environmentally-focused events, the Just Peacemaking Initiative will offer a workshop about Energy Consumption (and reducing it) in our daily lives.
Urban Gardening Workshop with EnrichLA
Co-Sponsored by G3 Greening Fuller Seminary and EnrichLA
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / January 15, 2013
For the first in a series of environmentally-focused events, the Just Peacemaking Initiative and Enrich LA are teaming up to offer a come and go workshop for students, faculty, staff and the community. There will be a seedling giveaway and workshops including: a cooking demo, a how-to on growing a container garden in a small space, and more!
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and a Theology of Reconciliation: Conversations with Salim Munayer
Co-Sponsored by Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding
“Conversation #1: The Theology of Musalaha”
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Fuller Theological Seminary
135 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena
“Conversation #2: The Work of Musalaha”
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monte Vista Grove Homes
2889 San Pasqual St., Pasadena
Salim is a Palestinian-Israeli peacemaker from Lod, an instructor at Bethlehem Bible College, and the founder of Musalaha, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians as demonstrated in the life and teaching of Jesus. Musalaha is known for its summer camps that bring Israeli and Palestinian children together and help them practice peacemaking from an early age. Salim will teach in the School of Intercultural Studies from October 22 through November 2 and appear as part of the peacemaking travel seminar offered by Glen Stassen in the School of Theology during the 2013 Summer Quarter.
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / October 17, 2012
Will the jury sentence Jesus to death under current California law? Join us for a mock sentencing trial of Jesus and then participate in the jury deliberations!
Prop 34, which seeks to replace the death penalty with a life sentence without possibility of parole, is on the ballot in California this fall. This trial is an opportunity for you to wrestle with how you will vote on it.
The prosecuting attorney for this trial, Mark Osler, has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and teaches law at the University of St. Thomas. The defense attorney for this trial, Jeanne Bishop, is an assistant public defender in the Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Illinois and the sister of Nancy Bishop Langert, who was murdered along with her husband and their unborn child in 1990. Since the killing of her family members, she has been a passionate advocate for violence prevention, sensible gun laws, and forgiveness. (Read more of her story here.)
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / October 1, 2012
For many years, consensus has been forming around the “Just Peacemaking” paradigm, which highlights what can be done (and has worked historically) to stop wars from happening. The publishing of Interfaith Just Peacemaking this year marks a landmark in this progress. The new volume holds contributions from some 27 scholars, each supporting the practices of Just Peacemaking from within her or his own Jewish, Christian, or Muslim tradition.
Susan teaches Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary and is the editor of this volume. Najeeba teaches Interreligious Education at Claremont School of Theology and is a Muslim contributor to the volume.
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / May 23, 2012
With talks by George Hunsinger, Jen Rosner, and Nick Brown around questions like, “Why does the Jewishness of Jesus matter for Christians?” and “What difference does it make in Christian practice, identity, and theology?”
Co-Sponsored by Fuller’s Anabaptist Perspectives student group
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / May 11, 2012
A Panel discussion featuring: David Augsburger, Juan Martínez, Glen H. Stassen, Richard Peace, Kate Wentland, and Peter Sensenig
Co-Sponsored by Fuller’s School of Theology, Reel Spirituality, and Fuller’s Peace and Justice Advocates
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / March 30, 2012
Co-Presented by The Brehm Center and Reel Spirituality
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / March 2, 2012
Followed by a discussion with director Alrick Brown led by Carolyn Gordon, Associate Professor of Communication
Co-Sponsored by All Saints Church, New Vision Partners, Rabbi Steven Jacobs Progressive Faith Foundation, and the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative
All Saints Church, Pasadena, California / December 8, 2011
Featuring: Eliyahu McLean, Director of the Jerusalem Peacemakers, and Sheikh Ghassan Manasra, Director of the Islamic Cultural Center in Nazareth
Co-Hosted by Glen Stassen and Hak Joon Lee’s Faith and Politics class
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / November 16, 2011
Joseph Montville is that rare former foreign service officer of the U.S. State Department who understands the role of religion, and also the need for healing in relations between religions, if we are to make peace. He is Chair of the advisory council of Marc Gopin’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Joe works on healing between the Abrahamic religions, and also Polish Catholic-Jewish reconciliation; reconciliation with Iran; and healing in America from the Civil War. He writes on respect for Jewish and Muslim traditions, and is publishing an edited volume, History as Prelude: Muslims and Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean.
Co-Presented by Fuller’s Peace and Justice Advocates
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / October 21, 2011
This important film addresses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and particularly the role that Christian Zionism has played in the struggle.
Panel featuring: Glen Stassen, Martin Accad, and Fuller student Joey Taylor
Co-Sponsored by Fuller’s SIS Islamic Studies Department
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / October 3, 2011
Presented by The Just Peacemaking Initiative, Fuller’s Peace and Justice Advocates, and William Carey International University
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / September 30 – October 1, 2011
Offered by Fuller Theological Seminary
Israel and Palestine / June 20-30, 2011
A travel study in Israel and Palestine with intensive interaction with persons on both sides of The Wall who are working to do peacemaking. An exploration of the relationship between biblical faith and the difficult struggles for justice, security, and peacemaking between Palestine and Israel. An opportunity to get to know both Israelis and Palestinians who are working on peacemaking in practical ways in a very difficult context. A call for us to learn from them and to go and do likewise, wherever we are or will be.
Co-Sponsored by Fuller’s Peace and Justice Advocates
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / May 11, 2011
President Richard Mouw and Glen Stassen discuss Christian responses to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. Audio is available here on iTunes U.
DIVIDED BY HOMOSEXUALITY: Pastoral Tools for Mediation and Dialogue
Co-Presented by Fuller’s Peace and Justice Advocates
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / April 18, 2011
Featuring: The Reverend Canon Susan Russell, Bishop Yvette Flunder, Rev. Dr. Ken Fong, Paul W. Clement, Ph.D., ABPP, and Chris Moore
Co-Presented by Fuller’s Peace and Justice Advocates
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / November 15, 2010
Featuring: David Augsburger, Jake Diliberto, Kurt Fredrickson, Frank Riley, and David Stutzman.
Co-Sponsored by The Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S.
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California / October 4-5, 2010
Formation for life is central to Christian discipleship as grounded in the resurrection. The reality of the resurrection altered a sense of space and time. Gathering together on the Lord’s Day, Sunday, became a way of challenging a culture of violence and death while pointing followers of Jesus Christ toward a renewed life found only in Him.
Featuring: Marc Gopin, Cheryl Bridges Johns, Glen H. Stassen, Warren S. Brown, Edward O’Flaherty, SJ, Martin Accad, Juan Martínez, and Jeffrey Gros