Ecumenical Conference To Focus on Peace

Author: Renée LaReau

Christian peacemakers from across North America will discuss contemporary responses to war at the Peace Among the Peoples conference on July 28-31 at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind.

The event will include presentations from leading thinkers and activists, such as Stanley Hauerwas, Rita Nakashima Brock and Brian McLaren. Topics for discussion will include just policing, responsibility to protect, nuclear weapons, and chaplaincy. In large and small group settings, participants will discern and strategize next steps for creating a more unified peace witness in North America as well as encouraging more churches to become peace churches.

Morning prayer and evening confessional worship will frame the beginning and ending of each day. Preachers include Matthew Johnson, Mary Jo Leddy and Leonid Kishkovsky.

Peace Among the Peoples is a preparatory meeting for the World Council of Churches' 2011 International Ecumenical Peace Convocation. The gathering will seek to reinvigorate conversation on war and peace by building on the recent work of the U.S. Decade to Overcome Violence program.

Sponsors:  Bridgefolk, Catholic Peacebuilding Network, Church of the Brethren, Historic Peace Churches - Fellowship of Reconciliation Consultative Committee, Indiana Partners for Christian Unity and Mission, Institute of Church Life at University of Notre Dame, Institute of Mennonite Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Church Canada, Mennonite Church USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, Orthodox Peace Fellowship, United Church of Christ, University of Notre Dame’s Department of Africana Studies. 

Contact: Renée LaReau,, (574) 631-5098