Academic Programs

Peace & Justice

Lonnie Valentine
Lonnie Valentine, Trueblood Chair of Christian Thought

Theological education in a Quaker seminary should awaken students’ awareness of and concern for issues of peace and social justice in daily life, both in our local communities and the global village of which we are a part. The Quaker peace witness, conflict resolution, and interfaith dialogue are foundational components of this portion of the curriculum area. Courses in this area include: Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies; the Bible and Violence and Nonviolence; Liberation Theologies; Process Theology, Conflict Resolution; History of Friends’ Peace Witness; and a Spirituality of Peacemaking. Students are encouraged to supplement their course work with involvement in their peace and justice concerns outside class.

Recent and Upcoming Courses

For up-to-date listings, see the Academic Services page.

2015 Fall P 210 Just Peace residential
2015 Fall P 210-O Conflict Transformation online
2015 Fall BS/PJ 330 Bible, Violence, and Non-Violence residential
2016 January TS/PJ 360-T Interfaith Dialog two-week intensive
2016 Spring WR 2XX Peace Journalism residential
2016  Spring PJ 101-O Introduction to Peace and Justice online
2016 May TS 290-T Borderlinks Trip two-week intensive

Peace & Justice Studies Course Descriptions

Recent Conferences

War Tax Resistance Conference, ESR, Nov. 7-9.

PeaceQuest 2015, ESR, May 16.

Peace Forum

Peace Forum is a weekly lunch and speaker series focusing on diverse peace and justice topics. Links are available to watch webcasts of past forums.

Master of Arts Theses with a Peace & Justice Studies Focus


Of the approximately 100 MA thesis projects done in the history of the Earlham School of Religion, about one-third of them have been on Peace and Justice Studies themes.


Gary Arthur, Justice in Creation

Elizabeth Beasley, The “I” of the Institution: An American Learns Americanism Abroad

Leif Carlson, Non-violent Action or Leaving the Holy Land: A Palestinian Christian Perspective

John Tyler Conneley, Beyond the Harem: Stories of Three Unlikely Heroes

Linda Dalto, Inner Peace and Social Justice

Jan Kees den Bakker, Towards a New Theological Paradigm in the Nuclear Age

Scott Fisher, Ke Ala A Hiki I Noa: The Path to Liberation

Kohtaro Fujita, Inter-religious Dialog for Peace

Dennis Ginoza, Behavior Modification in a Multi-cultural, Multi-racial Setting

Anne Hayner, Toward a New Language of National Security

Thomas Jeavons, The Character of Christian Activism

Paul Kriese, Truth-Speaking and the Religious Society of Friends

Lynne Lawson, Myth, Ritual, Feast: The Spiritual Roots of the Locavore Movement

Adrienne Lowe, From the Full Plate to the Wide World: A Theoretical and Practical Guide to    Engaging Young Adults Through Interfaith Hospitality

Anita Morse, Discovering Our Ethical Roots Through Story Telling

Yasutomo Sawahata, Buddhist-Christian Dialogue on Peace

Dan Snyder, Faith in an Apocalyptic Age

Vladimir Strejcek, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King

Bonita Washington-Lacey, Working Towards Justice in the Bonds of Oppression: Womanist Theology

Silas Wanjala, Hope for Peace: the Gospel Message of Nonviolence and Its application in Africa


Graduates Working on Peace and Justice Concerns

ESR graduates have been involved in seeking peace and justice in many ways.  They include advocacy, but also education, social service, and education. Here is some of their work from recent years:


Steve Angell, ESR faculty, editor of Oxford Companion to Quaker Studies; publishes in African-American history in addition to Quaker Studies

Amy Marie Babcock, working with L'Arche community in Washington, DC

Michael Birkel, Earlham College faculty, recently published The Qur'an in Conversation

Adriana Cabrera-Velasquez, coordinator for Christian Peacemaker Teams in Colombia

Tyler Connoley, immigrant care coordinator for the Southwest Conf. of the United Church of Christ

JC. Craig, economic training for inner city populations

Ingrid Fabianson, medical social worker and substance abuse counselor

Margaret Fraser, Executive Secretary of the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC),  Section of the Americas

Taro Fujita, peace education for Buddhist organization, Rissho Kosei kai, Japan

Mark Inglis, training inner city folks in construction and computer skills

Julie Meadows, PhD in Ethics from Emory University

Eric & Deanna Meyers, teachers at Westtown School

Jeff Meyers, PhD candidate at Lutheran Theological Seminary working on Christian pacifism

Katherine Murray, coordinator for Quaker Earthcare Witness and publishing in spirituality and ecology

Julia Ryberg, Sweden Yearly Meeting and FWCC Section of Europe for Quaker peacemaking

Michael Snow, writer Oh Holy Night: the Peace of 1914; Christian Pacifism: Fruit of the Narrow Way

Dan Snyder, teacher on nonviolence, connecting the inward work with outward action for justice