Text Here...

Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival

“Coming Together: the Journey of Faith and Peace”

June 15-18, 2023 at Eastern Mennonite University | REGISTRATION NOW OPEN*

*Registration for on-campus lodging closes June 1st

Conference registration/check-in will be from 12-3 pm on June 15th in University Commons 2nd floor. Day pass registration/check-in on June 16 and 17 will be from 8-8:45 am University Commons 2nd floor. 


Registration Spanish Translation Document Registration French Translation Document

Join us! The 3rd Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival brings together Mennonite practitioners, artists and theologians from around the world to learn, share and discuss their work for peace. We are excited to invite people to Eastern Mennonite University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA, to participate and share in this global journey. 

The first two Global Mennonite Peacebuilding (GMP) Conference and Festivals have demonstrated how valuable it is to come together, connect, build relationships, learn, and share perspectives with regards to our work and witness toward peace in our world. The pandemic has only accentuated how important this connection is! It is important to have an opportunity to share about our work, experiences, and our struggles, while also exploring ways in which we can (must!) continue to reflect on our ongoing work towards peace in a world that continues to be in desperate need of it

For this reason, we are looking forward to welcoming you to Eastern Mennonite University from 15-18 June, 2023 for the third Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival (GMP II). Our hope is to strengthen our relationships; build and continue to cultivate our networks; and create an opportunity to nourish and strengthen our respective work towards peace, whether it be on the streets and communities, in our policies, in the academy, or in our churches.

Registration is now open! To register for the Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference click here.

Registration Details

  • Registration includes registration for the conference as well as lodging and food on the EMU campus. Should participants want to stay elsewhere, they will need to find their own lodging. Food will be available for purchase at the EMU cafeteria. We also have day-specific registration available (which includes food for that day).
  • There are lower registration prices for both Global South participants as well as students. A chart distinguishing the difference between Global North and Global South can be found at this PDF.
  • Day passes are available for participants not in need of lodging. Look for the day pass option on the registration form. You can choose a pass for 1, 2, or 3 days.
  • If you are a participant or a presenter in need of a visa letter or letter of invitation please email gmp3conference@emu.edu with your request.
  • Our registration page is built for individuals to fill out. If you would like to request a roommate, there is a field to indicate that on the form. If you have a larger group and want to ensure that you are located next to each other please email elizabeth.eby@emu.edu with your request.


If you are in need of transportation, we will be providing shuttles between Dulles International Airport and EMU’s campus. Please indicate your need for transportation on your registration form. Transportation shuttles between Dulles International Airport and EMU will only be provided Thursday, June 15, and Sunday, June 18. Those needing transportation will be contacted to confirm their specific needs. For those looking for alternative low-cost travel options, the Virginia Breeze Bus System offers tickets between the airport and Harrisonburg and can be found HERE.


If you would like to donate to help support the cost of the conference and to supplement the costs of some of our international presenters, please do so.

Donate Now


View ScheduleView Program Booklet

Public Conference Performances

The Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference is proud to present three nights of performances, June 15-17 at 7 pm in EMU's Mainstage Theater. These shows are included with conference registration. Additionally, 50 seats will be made available to the public for each night.

The Shows

Selah's Song Presented by Theatre of the Beat - June 15 and 17 at 7 pm

     This original Folk Musical tells the story of a young girl whose courage inspired a village, and whose song became an anthem for peace.

Invocation: a Prayer for Peace presented by Elsewhere Ensemble - June 16 at 7 pm

     This work by composer Colin Pip Dixon for soprano, baritone and string trio brings together words from 8th century BCE to the present. Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu prayers alongside writings by poets, a scientist, an environmental activist, and civil rights leaders.

To see these wonderful performances you can register for the conference HERE OR go to emu.edu/box-office to purchase tickets for the show. 

Note: if you are already registered for the conference you do not need to purchase tickets for the show.


Keynote Speakers

cesar garcia

César García

César García is General Secretary of Mennonite World Conference (MWC), an organization that serves some 1.5 million members around the world in the Anabaptist Tradition. García is from Bogotá, Colombia, and his appointment in 2012 marked the first time a leader from the Global South has served in this leadership role. He has been a church planter, pastor and professor of Bible and Theology. Prior to his election, García was chair of the Iglesias Hermanos Menonitas de Colombia (Mennonite Brethren Churches of Colombia) and Secretary of the MWC Mission Commission.



Tigist Tesfaye Gelagle

Tigist Tesfaye Gelagle

Tigist Tesfaye Gelagle holds a Masters of Art in Human and Economic Development and studied Biblical Studies and Theology; a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and International Relations; and a Diploma in Accounting. She joined the World Vision Ethiopia Advisory Council in 2020. She has served in many roles, including Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, Livelihoods Expert, and Deputy Program Associate in various local and international NGOs. She is the founder and director for the spark valley- an organization that works with teens and youth- and serves as a Deacons Commission Secretary for MWC.

Gelagle enjoys volunteering and is a member of the Rotary International which performs voluntary activities helping the community develop professional and leadership skills.


Joerg Rieger

Joerg Rieger

Joerg Rieger is Distinguished Professor of Theology, the Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies, and the Founding Director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt University. Previously he was the Wendland-Cook Endowed Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He received an M.Div. from the Theologische Hochschule Reutlingen, Germany, a Th.M. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in religion and ethics from Duke University.



Shannon DycusShannon Dycus

Shannon Dycus, Vice President and Dean of Students,  leads the Student Life division at Eastern Mennonite University.  She holds a degree in Secondary Education from Butler University (IN) and received her Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary (IN). With passion for holistically journeying with people, Shannon is also a trained spiritual director through San Francisco Theological Seminary. Shannon is active in writing and worship development roles with Mennonite Church USA, publishing the 2019 Women's Bible Study Every Time I Feel the Spirit with Herald Press.



Questions can be directed to the following people: 

visit graphicVisit
apply graphicApply