Inter-Collegiate Peace Fellowship Conference

Where Seminary, Martin Chapel

The annual student-run peacebuilding conference for all Anabaptist colleges will be hosted by EMU from January 31 through February 2.

The theme of the 2014 Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference is Peace in Practice: What does it look like when our theories become action? The keynote speaker — Lisa Schirch, Director of Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding — and additional workshop speakers will address how they have engaged in peacebuilding at all levels from local to international and how it can be integrated into various work such as art and community engagement.

Workshops will be offered on a wide range of topics, including “A Subversive Shalom: Enacting Radical Peace” with Carl and Carolyn Stauffer; “Home Front: the Untold History of Radical Veteran Peacemaking” with Veterans for Peace; and “Our Community Place: Promoting Personal Growth and Community Well-Being” with Philip Fisher Rhodes and Ron Copeland. Other topics to be covered range from “The Relationship Between Islam and Peace” and “Restorative Justice in Our Schools” to “Arts, Theater, and Peacebuilding.”

We anticipate the conference to be a fruitful time of exploring and learning together about what it looks like to build peace locally and globally.


The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference is sponsored and organized by EMU’s Peace Fellowship, a student organization that organizes campus-wide activities, regular space to share meals and discussions, and special speakers to spark meaningful dialogue. For more information about ICPF or Peace Fellowship, contact the applied social sciences department.

Conference schedule

4-6pm Check-in (Martin Chapel lobby)
6-7pm Dinner
7-8pm Initial Gathering (Martin Chapel)
8-10pm Social Time
8-10pm “I’d Like to Buy an Enemy” and talk-back with Ted Swartz (Mainstage Theater)

8:00am-9:30am Breakfast
9:30am-10:30am Session I: Mennonites and Inter-religious Peacebuilding, Lisa Schirch (Martin Chapel)
10:30-11am Coffee Break
11-12pm Workshop Session 1 (Seminary Classrooms)
12-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-2:30pm Workshop Session 2 (Seminary Classrooms)
2:30-3:00 Coffee/Snack Break
3:00-4:00pm Workshop Session 3 (Seminary Classrooms)
4:00-4:15pm Break
4:15-5:15 pm Session II: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan, Lisa Schirch (Martin Chapel)
5-7pm Dinner (Downtown Harrisonburg)
8pm Possible Social Activities

8:30-9:30am Breakfast (Martin Chapel)
9:30-11:30am Session III: Peacebuilding and Military Training, Lisa Schirch (Martin Chapel)
12-1pm Lunch

Intended Audience General Public


Contact Information

Name Christine Baer and Krista Nyce