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Carl Stauffer

Carl Stauffer

Asst. Professsor of Development and Justice Studies, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding 2010: After 16 years working in Africa, the last nine years as Coordinator of the MCC Regional Peace Network of Southern Africa, I accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Development and Justice Studies at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Engaging with restorative ...More

Intersecting Paths Towards Justice and Peace

These three have never met – Marian and James Payne, residing in Richmond, Virginia, and Mulanda Jimmy Juma, residing in Johannesburg, South Africa – but all began a journey toward peacebuilding a quarter of a century ago. The trails they’ve taken have intersected at multiple junctures, without their knowing it. The Paynes are retired Pennsylvania ...More

API, 2000: Birthing Peace Clubs in African Schools

Weeks of xenophobic attacks in spring 2015 on migrants living in South Africa deeply affected Mulanda Jimmy Juma, though he was not threatened personally. Not this time.[1] Juma is a migrant to South Africa from elsewhere on the continent, like many of those attacked in the Johannesburg township of Alexandra and in Durban in March ...More

Alumni Relish Returning to SPI

Instead of returning for EMU’s “homecoming” celebration – always held over one weekend each October – degree-holding alumni of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) often show up for its annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI). And those SPI alumni who aren’t aiming to earn a degree? Some of them just keep coming back year ...More

Alumni support UN’s efforts in African conflicts

Decades ago, when international conflicts tended to be between neighboring countries, the United Nations’ approach to peacekeeping was primarily focused on observation and reporting. The blue-helmeted peacekeepers would sit peering through telescopes, trying to make sure people on either side of the border behaved. Since the end of the Cold War, however, wars between sovereign ...More

CJP people who have contributed work, ideas, to the United Nations

Howard Zehr, PhD, & Vernon Jantzi, PHD  Zehr is “distinguished professor” of restorative justice, a pioneer in international restorative justice field; author, co-author or editor of about 22 books pertaining to restorative justice Zehr’s bestselling Little Book of Restorative Justice (over 110,000 sold) was cited as a reference in Handbook on Restorative Justice Programmes, published ...More

Keeping Hope Alive Amid Entrenched Conflict

Four CJP faculty members were asked to comment on the poor prognoses for their region offered by some CJP alumni working for peace in the Middle East. Barry Hart, PhD, professor of trauma, identity and conflict studies, pointed to recent neuroscience suggesting that humans have an innate desire to bond and empathize with one another. ...More

Deep Listening, Trust, and Serendipity

We were stunned to silence as a hushed whisper fell over the meeting hall. Representatives of the “enemy” village had just walked in unexpectedly, interrupting a community peace meeting we were facilitating. Vusi, my South African colleague and I had been toiling for months on a peacebuilding process in Majola, a rural region of the ...More

Reconciliation: Re-Weaving a Social Fabric that Heals

In the marketplace of ideas, the concepts and language of reconciliation have become quite popularized and at the same time diluted. Coming out of the turmoil of the South African political transition of the 1990s, it became abundantly clear to me that the term reconciliation was easily hijacked to serve the particular interests of any ...More


Raised in war-torn Vietnam for his first 11 years, Dr. Carl Stauffer ’85 (MA ’02) experienced few doubts during his formative years as to where he was heading: always towards peace work and practical ministry. Chapter 1: Vietnam My parents went to Vietnam in 1957 under what is now called Eastern Mennonite Missions. They were ...More

What Have We Learned?

Restorative justice is fragile. It hinges on people taking determined steps to relentlessly pursue their healing despite the pain it may bring. It challenges us to growth, to imagine beyond the current status quo and to take the creative risk of feeling and acting in a different, yet deeply courageous way. —Carl Stauffer, EMU restorative justice ...More