Past Events: 2010 - 2011

Fair Trade Essay Competition

Congo Peacemaking Conference
Location: Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo
July 6-13th, 2011

The Center for Peace and Justice and Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends sent 3 George Fox Students - Amy McDonald, Sara Eccleston, and Nick Ogle, along with Ty Olson - GFU Alumnus 2007, former CPJ director Lon Fendell and current director Clint Baldwin to the DRC in July to facilitate a peacemaking conference in the border town of Uvira with the local Quaker commmunity.

The conference explored questions of how peace and justice can work together in the conflict-ridden context of the DRC. The facilitators spoke theoretically and practically to participants about teaching and learning peace and reconciliation in a global world.

Former CPJ director Lon Fendell recently wrote an article on his experience in the DRC.
Click here to read the article
Fair Trade Essay Competition

Essay Competition
"Fair Trade: A Market-based Approach to Sustainability
Prize: $250
Entry deadline: July 1, 2011

The Center for Peace and Justice/Center for Global Studies (CPJ/CGS) at George Fox University facilitated an essay contest: “Fair Trade: A Market-based Approach to Sustainability and Justice.” The centers invited students from George Fox and students affiliated with Canaan Fair Trade in the Palestinian territories to participate.

Nicholas Kristof

World Affairs Council of Oregon presents Nicholas Kristof
"Revolution in the Middle East: What Next?"
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, 7:00 p.m., June 13, 2011

Center for Peace and Justice staff attended this event.

Kristof, who grew up near the town of Yamhill, Ore., has written for the New York Times since 2001. He and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, jointly won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage of the democracy movement in China, and Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006 for his reporting from the Darfur region of Sudan.

Their recent bestseller, "Half the Sky" lays out an agenda for the world's women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; maternal mortality.

Washington D.C.

American Enterprise Institute Summer Conference
"Purpose & Prosperity: Exploring the Confluence of Faith, Economics, and Public Policy"
Washington D.C., June 9-11, 2011

Three GFU students traveled to Washington, D.C., along with CPJ Director Clint Baldwin for a conference at the American Enterprise Institute on the theme “Purpose & Prosperity: Exploring the Confluence of Faith, Economics, and Public Policy.” DeLisa Thomas, Jessie Byron, and Benjamin Hargrove were in the nation’s capital June 9–11 to meet with AEI’s distinguished senior fellows. This invitation-only event, with full scholarship support, honored outstanding students from around the country.

Duke Summer Institute

Duke Center for Reconciliation Summer Institute
"The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World"
Duke Divinity School, Durham NC, June 6-11, 2011

Center for Peace and Justice director Clint Baldwin participated in this year's summer institute. Rooted in a Christian vision, this five-day intensive institute served to nourish, renew, and deepen the capacities of Christian leaders in the ministry of reconciliation, justice, and peace. Duke Center for Reconciliation was co-founded and is directed by this past year's GFU Woolman Peacemaking Forum speaker Emmanuel Katongole.

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Michael Nagler

Metta Center for Nonviolence
Director, Michael Nagler
Berkely, CA, May 31, 2011

Center for Peace and Justice director Clint Baldwin met with director Michael Nagler and the entire staff of the Metta Center for Nonviolence.

The mission of the Metta Center is to promote the transition to a nonviolent future by making the logic, history, and yet-unexplored potential of principled nonviolence available to activists and agents of cultural change (which ultimately includes all of us).

Yangsi

Maitripa College
President, Yangsi Rinpoche
Portland, OR, May 26, 2011

Center for Peace and Justice director Clint Baldwin met with President Rinpoche and the administration of Maitripa College, a Buddhist college in Oregon offering a MA and MDiv in Buddhist Studies. The purpose of this meeting was to promote interfaith dialogue and simply make futher connections with our community neighbors. Of particular interest for GFU are Maitripa's three educational pillars of scholarship, meditation, and service. 

Middle East

May Peace Lunch - Middle East Forum on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict- Wholistic Peace Institute
Mercy Corps - Aceh Room, Portland, 12:00 p.m., May 19, 2011

George Fox Center for Peace and Justice director Clint Baldwin participated on a panel discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the means toward peaceful resolution.

Desmond Tutu

Be the Spark : Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Featuring Desmond Tutu
Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington - May 13, 2011

George Fox Center for Peace and Justice staff attended one of Desmond Tutu's last public appearances in the US alongside GFU Act 6 scholarship students. 15,000 people were in attendence.

As a rallying point for the Be the Spark movement, the Community Foundation and its partners brought Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu to the Tacoma Dome. Desmond Tutu stands as an example of how one person's actions have a dramatic influence on the entire community and will spark each of us to take action toward building a safe, healthy and productive future for our community and our youth

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Nicholas Kristof

MacReads presents "Half the Sky" author Nicholas Kristof
McMinnville Community Center, 7:30 p.m., May 2, 2011

George Fox Center for Peace and Justice staff attended a presentation by award-winning columnist, author, and human rights activist Nicholas Kristof.

“Half the Sky,” written by Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, uses personal accounts from women around the world to focus on the three main abuses that women face: sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality.

Click to read Kristof's NY Times blog...

Emmanuel Katongole will visit George Fox to speak about Peace and Justice and God's Hopes for this world

Woolman Peacemaking Forum 2011
April 10 - 14, 2011

Featuring Emmanuel Katongole
Associate Professor of Theology and World Christianity at Duke Divinity School
Co-director, Duke Center for Reconciliation

Also featuring Micah Bournes
Writer, poet, rapper
Graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Chicago

Laura Goble and Colin Saxton

Woolman Peacemaking Forum Event
Peace and Justice Symposium

April 14 - Quaker Heritage Room
7:15 p.m., Refreshments
7:30-9 p.m., Program

Colin Saxton, Superintendent, NW Yearly Meeting of Friends
Laura Goble, Director, Moreau Center for Service & Leadership, University of Portland

Jody Williams

Wholistic Peace Institute, 2011 World Peace Conference
"New Ideas for Eliminating Weapons of Mass Destruction"
April 14, Concordia University, Portland

Featured:

Ms. Jody Williams: 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate
James Kim: President, Pyongyang University of Science & Technology (PUST), N. Korea and Yanbian University of Science & Technology (YUST), China
Clint Baldwin: CPJ Director, spoke on a panel with both Jody Williams and James Kim about "New Ideas for Eliminating Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Korean Peninsula"

12:00-4 p.m., Day Conference
St. Michael's Church, 6700 NE 29th Ave., Concordia University, Portland

7:00 p.m., Evening Lecture: 
Ms. Jody Williams1997 Nobel Peace Laureate
Hagen Center, 2811 NE Holman Street, Concordia University, Portland

Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared the Peace Prize with her that year. At that time, she became the 10th woman in its almost 100-year history to receive the Prize.

Hibukusha

Woolman Peacemaking Forum Event
Documentary Showing of "Hibakusha - Our Life to Live"

Talkback: JoAnn & Larry Sims
Directors, Hiroshima World Friendship Center
April 11, 6:30 p.m. - Lemmons 8

Hibakusha is a documentary by award-winning producer David Rothauser. This film tells the life stories of Japanese, Korean, and American survivors of the 1945 Atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It premiered at the United Nations during the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference on May 19, 2010.

Trailer

The Global Poverty Project

Woolman Peacemaking Forum Event
“1.4 Billion Reasons” – The Global Poverty Project

April 10, 7:30 - 9 p.m. - Hoover 105

A multi-media presentation that activates citizens to be part of the global movement to end extreme poverty. Developed in partnership with renowned economist Jeffery Sachs. www.globalpovertyproject.com

Link - The North Korean Crisis

Thai Dance and Drama Troupe Performance
Payap University Communications Institute, Chiang Mai Thailand

Thursday, April 7, 1 p.m.
Newberg Friends Church Sanctuary

9 p.m. Shalom, Hoover 105

This 80-minute program featured a number of dances from the various regions of Thailand, as well as a traditional Thai melodrama (Likay) with English translation. The drama was a touching true story about a gangster whose life was changed in an amazing way. The Payap University Communications Institute was founded 33 years ago. Its purpose is to communicate Christian truths through the use of Thai cultural expressions.

Link - The North Korean Crisis

Documentary screening of "Hiding"
Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. - Hoover 105

A documentary was screened on the rarely reported humanitarian crisis in North Korea by LINK, an organization working to liberate and care for North Korean refugees who escape into Northern China. More than 85 students turned out for this event.

www.linkglobal.org  |  Trailer  |  Talk by LINK Founder

Chavez

Cesar Chavez and the Future of the 14th Amendment
Thursday, March 31, 6-8 p.m., Hoover 105

Panel Discussion
As of part of events to commemorate the life of Cesar Chavez, the Office of Transition and Inclusion, Center for Peace and Justice and the Latino Heritage Club sponsored a panel discussion on the future of the 14th amendment as it relates to immigration in the U.S. The panel consisted of GFU faculty and community members who discussed the topic and provided their perspective.  

El Salvador

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) 
Aminda and Maudiel Arévalo of El Salvador

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Course: Peace Theory, 4:10-5:25 p.m., Ross 141
Class open to the public

Pastors Aminda and Maudiel have worked together for 28 years towards peace for the individual, in the home and within the family. Maudiel is a psychologist, Aminda an educator, and they regularly witness violence in abandoned children and lost youth. Their concern for youth to feel the culture of peace led them to work with former gang members.

Interfaith Gathering

Voices of Hope - an Interfaith Gathering of Community
Linfield College and Interfaith Advocates for Peace and Justice

Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
7-8:30 p.m., Linfield College's Jonasson Hall (in Melrose, lower level)
Open to the public, no charge

Clint Baldwin, CPJ Director, participated in this service with participants from Jewish, Islamic, Christian, Baha'i, Buddhist, and Native American traditions. Special Guest: Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Native American Flute recording artist & performer. 
Renewal

Renewal: Students Caring for Creation 
Gretchen Peck, Coordinator, RenewalCreation Care Studies Program

Feb. 17-18, 2011
Gretchen shared with the George Fox campus Renewal's vision to inspire, connect, and equip students to advocate for creation care and environmental sustainability across the globe. She spoke in several courses - Agrarian Philosophy, Contemporary Issues in Global Missions, and Peace Theory. Gretchen drew connections between peace building and creation care. 

The Justice Conference 2011

Justice Conference
Friday & Saturday, Feb. 11-12  Bend, Ore.
George Fox served as a sponser in this event, dedicated to the work of promoting justice around the globe.

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Shane ClaiborneChris Lahr

Special Guest Speakers
Bauman Auditorium, 10:40 a.m., Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 

"Holy Friendship"
Shane and Chris shared with the GFU community the story of their friendship and the importance role that accountability and community play in the Christian life.

Shane Claiborne, Founder, A Simple Way Community
Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice and Jesus. Claiborne unveils the tragic messes we’ve made of our world and the tangible hope that another world is possible. 

Chris Lahr, Academic Director & Recruiter, Mission Year
Chris works for Mission Year, a program that gives people the opportunity to live in intentional community and serve in an urban center for a year. He also is a member of the Simple Way Community.


Viv Grigg

Global Urban Mission Leader Visits
Thursday, Feb. 3
Viv Grigg, International Director, Urban Leadership Foundation

Viv Grigg shared information about the Master's in Transformational Urban Leadersnip degree program that he has created at Azuza Pacific University. The aim of the MA program is to increase the capacity of emergent leaders among the urban poor with wisdom, knowledge, character and skill across the full range of leadership dynamics in poor movements.

Viv also shared stories about his experience living in poor communities, pioneering churches, missions and movements among the urban poor of Asia, Latin America and North America.

Symposium Peace and Justice Symposium
Thursday, Feb. 3

Fred Gregory, Special Assistant to the President, International Development Expert, GFU Alumnus ('66)
Dot Tobey, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, GFU Alumna ('08)

Fred Gregory took us on a journey through his 40-plus years in international development, while Dot Tobey shared her experience working with a inner-city youth ministry in Portland, Oregon.

During her talk, Dot shared several stories she had written about the youth she has worked with. Links to these stories are provided below:

What I Love More than Anything Else... and The Kingdom of Heaven Belongs to Such as These

Peter Greer

 

Peter Greer, President, HOPE International
January 20, 2011

George Fox welcomed Peter Greer from the microfinance organization HOPE International to share his vision and experience in a Christian approach to microfinance as a means of fighting global poverty. In addition to his evening lecture, Greer also spoke to students in the course Peace Theory. Prior to Greer's arrival, George Fox's Center for Peace and Justice along with the Political Science department purchased Greer's new book, The Poor Will be Glad, for fifteen students. These students read his book over the Christmas break in order to participate in a discussion with Greer himself during his stay on campus.

Nasser Abufarhu

Insisting on Life: Fair Trade in Palestine
January 19, 2011

The Center for Peace and Justice hosted a lecture with Nasser Abufarha, Palestinian-American scholar and social entrepreneur. Abufarha is the founder of the Palestine Fair Trade Association and Canaan Fair Trade, which is bringing Palestinian olive oil and other traditional foods to mainstream American and European markets, while also improving economic conditions for more than 1,700 farmers in the West Bank.

William Stafford poetry event

A Celebration of the Life and Poetry of William Stafford
Jan. 13, 2011

The Center for Peace and Justice was honored to host an event celebrating the life, legacy and poetry of former United States Poet Laureate and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford. The event emerged through the efforts of Dennis Schmidling, chairman of the board of the Friends of William Stafford, who approached the Center for Peace and Justice and suggested its possibility. The beauty, poise and thoughtfulness exemplified in Stafford's life and shown forth in his work correlate marvelously with GFU's ethos as a university committed to sharing visions of peace and hope with the community.

David and Lenuta Chronic

Missional Practitioners in Residence - Fall 2010 
David and Lenuta Chronic - Europe/Africa Regional Coordinators
Word Made Flesh - Romania

George Fox Center for Peace and Justice and the Office of Spiritual Life welcomed David and Lenuta Chronic for Fall semester 2010 as Missional Practitioners in Residence. During their time at George Fox the Chronics made several presentations on their work with street children in Romania, they also were a resource to GFU community members interested in missional and justice work.

Through this relationship, Junior Social Work student Kelsey VandenHoek will be spending her summer completing her Richter Scholarship project alongside the Chronics and Word Made Flesh in Romania.

Students sign petitions to free the Morong 43

Free the Morong 43 Advocacy Week
Nov. 29 - Dec. 3, 2010

A trip to the Philippines in early October inspired CPJ Coordinator Melanie Newell to tell others about the plight of 43 volunteer community health workers wrongly accused and illegally arrested on Feb. 6, 2010. So, she took the initiative to share their story with the George Fox campus community in early December.

Read the Newberg Graphic article
Read follow-up article about the event
Watch the video documenting the event
Read the George Fox featured story

Saah Joseph - From Liberia with Love

Saah Joseph - From Liberia with Love
December 8, 2010

With honesty and humility, Saah Joseph shared the harrowing and courageous story of his escape from the Liberian civil war as a child, fleeing alone through three countries, resulting in his status as a refugee in an internally displaced people camp (IDP camp), and later a prison. His solid commitment to Christ and reconciliation contributed to Saah's release from jail, as well as his position as an employee for the Red Cross. Saah became passionate about reuniting refugee families and providing those in IDP camps with education opportunities. Saah has now returned to his native country, Liberia, where he continues to plant schools for refugee children and provide for their needs with limited resources.

Newberg Graphic article
George Fox featured story
George Fox interview with Saah Joseph

Novemer Peace & Justice Symposium

Peace & Justice Symposium
November 18, 2010

Two members of the George Fox faculty shared with an intimate group of listeners, how peace and justice are connected in their lives. Ed Higgins, professor of English, read several of his poems which powerfully illustrated his commitment to peace-building and non-violence. Marcie Gowan, assistant professor of Nursing, took listeners on a journey through her experience as a midwife in Somalia. She shared heart-wrenching stories about the realities and prevalence of maternal mortality in the developing world. The pictures she shared provided a small visual glimpse into the unfortunate realities of many impoverished women around the world, a few of whom she was able to provide with hope.

Lausanne Conference logo

Panelist Discussion on Lausanne Conference
Location: Hoover Academic Building, George Fox University
November 2, 2010

The university’s Center for Global Studies and Center for Peace and Justice hosted a panel related to George Fox's participation at the Lausanne Movement’s Third Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town South Africa, in October (http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010). A writeup about GFU's participation in the conference can be found here.

Members of the panel included:Robin Baker, GFU President, Sarita Gallagher, Religious Studies & David Chronic, GFU’s missional-practitioner-in-residence, Fall 2010. 

For more information on the Lausanne Movement, visit lausanne.org

Christians and Immigration Conference, Oct. 10-11

Christians and Immigration Conference
October 1-2, 2010

We spent time with concerned Christians as we educated ourselves about immigration in the United States. Together we examined details of immigration law and history, heard firsthand stories about the immigrant experience, and were inspired by fellow Christians working to share the love of Christ with our immigrant brothers and sisters.

Peace and Justice Symposium

Peace and Justice Symposium
September 16, 2010

A presentation by our missional-practitioners in residence. David and Luneta Chronic work as country directors in Romania for Word Made Flesh, a nonprofit organization committed to sharing Jesus amongst the poorest of the poor.

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