This conference on Catholic Peacebuilding is sponsored by the Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN).
Since the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ 1983 peace pastoral, The Challenge of Peace, called for further work on the development of a theology of peace, peacebuilding has received much greater attention in both secular and Church circles. This conference will showcase and contribute to efforts to develop a conceptually coherent, theologically accurate, spiritually enlivening and practically effective approach to Catholic peacebuilding that can begin to match the sophistication of Catholic thinking on the ethics of war and peace.
Twenty-five years after the peace pastoral, scholars and practitioners, at all levels of the Church, will come together to reflect on the theological, ethical and practical dimensions of the Church's work on conflict prevention, conflict management, and post-conflict reconciliation.
The conference is sponsored by the Catholic Peacebuilding Network.
- University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Graduate School, and Program on Catholic Social Traditions;
- Boston College’s Department of Theology and Center for Human Rights and International Justice;
- Catholic Relief Services;
- Catholic Theological Union’s Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry;
- Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs;
- the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute;
- University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies;
- Washington Theological Union;
- The Catholic University of America's Office of the President and Life Cycle Institute;
- Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns;
- Pax Christi International;
- Caritas Internationalis;
- the Sant’ Egidio Community in the United States, and
- Woodstock Theological Center