Peace Witness Ministries Staff Organize Webinar on ‘Just Peace’

As part of his work as joint staff with the National Council of Churches (NCC), Nathan Hosler has organized a webinar on March 19 at 12 noon on the “Ecumenical Call to Just Peace.” Hosler is director of Peace Witness Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, working out of Washington, D.C.

This webinar will feature presenters from four distinct streams of church life: Orthodox, African-American, mainline Protestant, and Historic Peace Churches. These theologians and peacemakers will reflect on their church tradition’s understanding and practice of just peace.

The “Ecumenical Call to Just Peace” came out of the World Council of Churches’ Decade to Overcome Violence. This fall delegates from the members communions of the WCC will consider the “Ecumenical Call to Just Peace” document at an assembly in Korea.

The four panelists are:

Scott Holland, professor of Theology and Culture and director of Peace Studies at the Church of the Brethren’s Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind. He was on the international drafting committee of the WCC’s “Ecumenical Call to Just Peace” and its companion study volume. He is co-editor of the Seeking Cultures of Peace series of books in which members of the Historic Peace Churches engage the call and challenges of the WCC Decade to Overcome Violence.

Jennifer S. Leath, who holds a bachelor of arts degree in Social Studies and African-American Studies from Harvard University and a master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She is a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Religious Ethics, and African-American Studies at Yale University. She is licensed to preach at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Philadelphia. She is a program associate for Roundtable on the Sexual Politics of Black Churches at Columbia University, and serves as co-moderator of the Joint Consultative Group between the WCC and Pentecostal Churches and is a member of ECHOS, the WCC youth commission.

Ellen Ott Marshall, associate professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is on the faculty for the Ethics and Society doctoral program in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion, where she is co-convener for the initiative in Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. Her books include “Choosing Peace through Daily Practices,” “Though the Fig Tree Does Not Blossom: Toward a Responsible Theology of Christian Hope,” and “Christians in the Public Square: Faith that Transforms Politics.” She was lead writer for “God’s Renewed Creation,” a pastoral letter and foundation document from the Methodist bishops.

Alexander Patico, who served in the Peace Corps, then worked for 30-plus years in the field of international education and training. Since 2008 he has served as N. American secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship, and is a member of the board of Churches for Middle East Peace, a co-founder of the National Iranian-American Council, and past member of the board of the National Religious Coalition against Torture, Christian Peace Witness, and the US Committee for the Decade to Overcome Violence. Locally, he is active with Yes, We Can!: Middle East Peace, an interfaith group promoting peace for Israel and Palestine; the Same Boat, formed to address Islamophobia; and Maryland United for Peace and Justice.

To take part in the webinar, contact Hosler at nhosler@brethren.org or visit http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1845/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=7320 to register and learn more.

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