Tag Archives: Lisa Schirch

A little guide to the workings of the United Nations, from a peacebuilding perspective

In the beginning, there was World War I Almost 20 million people died between 1914 and 1918 in the worst war the world had ever known. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and others reacted to the carnage by embracing the idea of a “league of nations” which would settle conflicts before they escalated into wars. Wilson ...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

Trauma Awareness Is Key Factor in Peacebuilding

As with so many aspects of U.S. society and culture, the disaster relief community has its clear “pre-” and “post-9/11” periods. Back in the pre-days, the mentality and capabilities of organizations like FEMA and the Red Cross revolved around the physical needs of disaster victims: food, shelter and clothing. Within days of entering post-era, it ...More

‘Good Intentions Aren’t Enough’ in International Aid

“There’s been a lot of documentation that interventions from the outside can do more harm than good,” says Lisa Schirch, the director of 3P Human Security and a research professor at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). “Good intentions aren’t enough.” With that awareness in mind, many humanitarian and development organizations do trainings to ...More

Six Things to Grieve on 9/11 Anniversary

In Six Things to Grieve on 9/11 Anniversary (EMU News), Lisa Schirch lists the following six items to grieve on the recent 10th anniversary of 9/11: The U.S. response to 9/11 has cost thousands more people their lives The global economic crisis is in part due to the U.S. response to 9/11 The U.S. is still on ...More

Earliest CJP Students Prize the ‘Lens’ They Acquired

Who would come from half-way around the world to enroll in a program at Eastern Mennonite University that was so new, no college catalog listed it? Sam Gbaydee Doe did. From Liberia. Initially, the plump squirrels running around campus dismayed him: They could be food for very hungry people in his war-torn homeland. He himself ...More

Director, practice & training institute

Janice “Jan” Jenner, MA ’99 Harrisonburg, Virginia Jan Jenner is outranked only by Howard Zehr for being the longest-serving full-time employee currently at CJP. Over the last 13 years, she has been a student, grant writer, administrator, book author, and teacher at CJP. She and her husband Hadley formerly served with Mennonite Central Committee in ...More

Influencing Public Policy With Ham’s Helping Hands

“Many people in peacebuilding are naïve or unaware of how to engage policymakers. They are clueless about the kind of impact they can have. They are intimidated by the idea of meeting with a member of Congress,” says Eric Ham. Ham is changing that.

‘3D Security’ Draws Attention

From Queen Noor to Congress When CJP professor Lisa Schirch launched the 3D Security Initiative in November 2006, she had no way of knowing how long it might take for 3D to gain the attention of top decisionmakers in this country. Regardless of the months, years or even decades that might be required, Schirch committed ...More

8 Steps Toward Peace with Iran

In her meetings with U.S. military leaders and elected officials, Lisa Schirch elaborates upon these eight steps that she believes could and should be taken in Iran: Engage in immediate direct talks without preconditions. Support regional diplomatic efforts to lay the necessary groundwork for addressing the root causes. Take a “carrot” – rather than punitive ...More