Advisory Council

The Center consults with a local steering committee and an international advisory group, both of which consist of persons representing the three Abrahamic faiths.

Cindy Byler, MCC Representative for Iran, Iraq, Jordan and Palestine/Israel
J. Daryl Byler, MCC Representative for Iran, Iraq, Jordan and Palestine/Israel
Fatemeh Darabi, graduate of EMU Center for Justice & Peacebuilding
John Fairfield, retired cofounder of Rosetta Stone
Roy Hange, Instructor of Faith Based Peacebuilding at EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Former MCC staff in Egypt, Syria and Iran
Susan Kennel Harrison, Toronto School of Theology PhD Candidate in Christian Theology; Peace theology & Interfaith Dialogue; Scriptural Reasoning
Jon Hoover, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Nottingham, UK
David Kreider, graduate of EMU Center for Justice & Peacebuilding
John Paul Lederach, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame
Muhammad Legenhausen, Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute, Iran
Peter Ochs, Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia
David W. Shenk, Global Consultant, Eastern Mennonite Missions
Alain Epp Weaver, MCC Program Development Department Director

Statements by Advisory Council Members

  • An Anabaptist presence and witness within the Abrahamic Tent is urgently needed today in our world so polarized and strife torn. Within that context an Anabaptist commitment brings into the tent the apostolic commission: be clearly committed to Jesus as Lord; give account of the hope you have to all who ask; be respectful and gentle (1 Peter 3:15). David W. Shenk, Global Consultant, Eastern Mennonite Missions
  • Rising out of the politics that have put people of faith at odds in the Middle East and around the world there is urgency in the call for interreligious peacemaking. … a Center for Interfaith Engagement embodies a timely visión that invites us to rediscover hope in our common ground and kinships that transcend the lines of nationalities, political worldviews, and ethnicities. David Kreider, Center for Peace and Justice graduate
  • While religious beliefs are at the core of many conflicts today, they also hold the potential for building peace between people of different faiths. The Center for Interfaith Engagement creates a hopeful space where faith becomes a force for friendship and understanding." J. Daryl and Cynthia A. Byler, MCC Representatives for Iran, Iraq, Jordan and Palestine/Israel
  • The Center for Interfaith Engagement at Eastern Mennonite University will be an ideal place to build on the positive engagement of Mennonites with Muslims in many countries around the world and will enable a deeper exploration and understanding of Islam as well as an intentional engagement in interfaith dialogue. _Ed Martin, Director, the Center for Interfaith Engagement
  • MAZEL TOV, friends, on the completion of this preparatory work of RAISING THE TENT. Yechi Avraham. Life to Abraham, Abraham into Life! May this tent that protects Abraham our parent from too much wind, too much rain, the heat of too much sun also open its hearth to all the Children of Abraham: let the winds and the waters sail them in from all four corners of the world to share warmth together around Abraham’s hearth, deep inside the tent. _Peter Ochs,

Edgar Bronfman Professor, University of Virginia Religious Studies_

  • EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement is uniquely positioned to contribute to the challenge of today’s religious peacebuilding needs. Center for Interfaith Engagement’s vision is well grounded through these tent pegs:
    • A synergy of academics and action with EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and Summer Peace Building Institute;
    • A range of informal connections to Mennonite Central Committee’s international relationships and alumni; and,
    • EMU’s institutional ties to a faith tradition with a legacy of centuries of peace work;
    • A high concentration of EMU faculty with international service and conflict transformation experiences.
      Roy Hange, Instructor for the “Faith Based Peacebuilding” course at EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Former Mennonite Central Committee staff in Egypt, Syria and Iran