Practicing Peace in Urgent Times

With so many recent headlines pointing to global, corporate or personal conflicts, it seems particularly appropriate to be thinking more about peace and how to promote it. In preparation for the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, 20013, representatives from Gordon’s faculty and staff have planned a week of conversations, vigils and discussions. Special guests will be on campus to talk about peace efforts and the role of faith in promoting peace. The Week of Peace is a combined effort of the Gordon College Initiative for the Study and Practice of Peace led by Daniel Johnson, professor of sociology; the Balkans Semester; the Peace and Conflict Studies program; and the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding.

“At a time when the world is looking at the crisis in Syria, it is crucial that our  students are prepared to consider alternative strategies that can deter war, and create opportunities for peace,” said Judith Oleson, professor of social work and director of the Peace and Conflict Studies minor. “With our mission to prepare students to be global leaders and our unique ethical frame as a Christian college, we’re in a unique position to explore issues of peacemaking in this urgent time.”

The Week of Peace events include the following:

Monday, Sept. 16, 12:00-1:30: “Philosophy, Faith, and the Practice of Peace”— Why this is important to Gordon College?   A Lunch Conversation with Richard Kearney, the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College.  President’s Dining Room, Lane Student Center.

Monday, Sept. 16, 7:00: “The Small Work of Peace”—A Panel Discussion with Richard Kearney;  Padraig O’Malley, the John Joseph Moakley Professor of International Peace and Reconciliation, McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts; and Aida Vidan,  Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 7:30: “Seeking Peace in Film: Halima’s Path”—A Film Screening and Conversation with the Director, Moderated by Aida Vidan  8:00-10:00 BCA 138

Saturday, Sept. 21,7:00: “Peacemaking and the Spiritual Disciplines”—A Walking Peace Vigil, Chapel Steps.


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