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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.
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.
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.
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.
Adriana Belinda Rodriguez is a psychologist and has been the director since 2010 of the Peace and Justice Project, a Mennonite organization that equips Honduran children with conflict resolution skills in the school environment. She has experience in violence prevention projects, as well as training for political advocacy and local development with young people. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Youth Security Program at the Central American level, the PSJ (Youth Security Program) and works to empower girls to defend their sexual and reproductive rights and prevent adolescent pregnancy.
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.
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