The Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund has awarded a grant in the amount of $1,400 to the Center for Peacemaking and the Department of Theology for a symposium on October 3, 2013. The proposal is for a one-day symposium and resulting textbook regarding Peacemaking and Nonviolence in World Religions. The co-principal investigators are Patrick Kennelly and Dr. Irfan Omar.
The goal of the proposed symposium is to deepen the Marquette community's understanding of the role of each of the seven major religious traditions in exploring nonviolence, peacemaking, forgiveness, and justice. The religious traditions covered will include Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism/Daoism, and Native North American. It is our hope that this symposium and the textbook that is produced will greatly add to the interdisciplinary work that is taking place on campus and to a better understanding of how religion seeks to contribute to peace in the world.
The contributing speakers/authors come from various disciplines and are both scholars and practitioners of their respective religious traditions. The presentations at the symposium will consist of highlights from the scholarly essays completed prior to the symposium, followed by general discussion. The symposium will be open to the public.
Henry Cervantes, a program trainer with Marquette University's Center for Peacemaking, implemented the Peace Works program in Milwaukee and now Chicago. The Peace Works program aims to reduce violence by teaching young people to manage conflicts and make each one of them a peace messenger.
The major in Peace Studies is the newest major in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. It responds to the growing interest and need to understand the causes of violence, theories of nonviolence, and to acquire the skills of nonviolent conflict management.