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Navigate the Way of Peace in the Midst of Conflict

Terrorism, interreligious conflict, scarcity of resources, abuse of human rights, domestic violence, church splits: In the midst of challenges such as these, how can we be the peacemakers Jesus called us to be? Studying with faculty who are innovators in peacemaking, reconciliation, and interfaith work, students in this emphasis consider this question theologically and practically. They learn to go beyond the conventional dichotomy between just war and pacifism to instead weave “just peacemaking” into their everyday lives, taking concrete initiatives to address human conflict in all its forms.

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STUDENTS TAKE COURSES LIKE THESE

Biblical and Practical Peacemaking

Examining different ethical approaches, theological rationales, and strategies for nonviolence, students develop practical ways for following Jesus’ call to peacemaking

The Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King Jr.

Students will deepen the theological grounding of their own ethics by learning to apply the insights of Dr. King’s theology and ethics to their own ministries

The Ethics of Diversity in Unity

Considering various perspectives on the development and consequences of the social construction of race, students hone a more grounded witness and mission

Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine

Participants in this travel/study course interact with and learn from both Israelis and Palestinians who are working on peacemaking in practical ways

Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Clinical Practice

​Students learn to apply a theological framework to the work of forgiveness, focusing on one particular approach to reconciliation and restoration

FLEXIBLE LOCATIONS AND STUDY OPTIONS

Students can pursue this emphasis at all six Fuller campuses or online, enabling them to remain in their ministry and home contexts if they wish.

FROM OUR FACULTY AND STUDENTS

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The Just Peacemaking emphasis truly informed, reshaped, and expanded my worldview. I’m able to now integrate an ethical practice of peacemaking in my local and global communities. The emphasis also contributed greatly to the improvement of my writing, thinking, and critical reasoning processes. In my work as a communications pastor in Oakland, California, I’m able to respond in a healthy, holistic way to the justice issues that face my community.Charlotte Williams (MACL ’14), Communications Director, Allen Temple Baptist Church
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We live in a very tense time, and the church has a critical role to play. As a community developer, advocate for justice, police chaplain, and pastor, I stand in the middle of those tensions looking for a way forward, and my studies gave me the tools to do this. Fuller doesn't shy away from the hard questions, isn’t afraid of controversy, and is committed to finding the critical role that Christian leaders must play in bringing peace, justice, and truth to a fragmented world.John Liotti (MAICS student), Founder, Able Works
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The Christian call to peacemaking requires, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., ‘tender hearts and tough minds.’ This emphasis is designed to form both of these attributes in students through biblical studies, cross-cultural conversations, and case studies on controversial international and domestic questions. Our graduates have gone on to form international peacemaking organizations and domestic nonprofits to address important conflicts in our time.Ronald Sanders, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics

Faculty

Erin Dufault-Hunter , Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics

Tommy Givens , Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies

Terry Hargrave , Professor of Marital and Family Therapy

Hak Joon Lee , Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics

Richard J. Mouw , Professor of Faith and Public Life

Bryant Myers , Professor of Transformational Development

Evelyne Reisacher , Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Relations

Ronald Sanders, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics

Programs