Born in the village of Malube, Uganda, and educated in the country, Dr. Katongole was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest by the Kampala Archdiocese in 1987. Since his ordination he has served parishes in Africa, Belgium and the United States. Professor Katongole joined the faculty of Duke Divinity School in 2001 and serves as associate professor of theology and world Christianity. He is also a founding co-director of the Center of Reconciliation at the Divinity School. Rooted in a Christian vision of God’ s mission, the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School inspires, forms and supports leaders, communities and congregations to live as ambassadors of reconciliation.
Katongole’s teaching and research interests cover a wide range of issues related to theology and violence, especially in Africa. He examines the role of stories in the formation of political identity, the dynamics of social memory and the nature and role of Christian imagination in shaping future possibilities.
His published books include A Future for Africa (University of Scranton Press, 2005), Reconciling All Things (Intervarsity Press, 2008), and Mirror to the Church (Zondervan, 2009). In his latest book, The Sacrifice of Africa (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011), Dr. Katongole demonstrates the real potential of Christianity to interrupt and transform entrenched political imaginations and create a different story for Africa – a story of self-sacrificing love that values human dignity and “dares to invent” a new and better future for all Africans.
Micah Bournes was raised in the hip-hop culture of Long Beach, Calif. He received his bachelor’ s degree in electronic media communications from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. During college, he began writing and performing music and poetry, allowing these art forms to influence his work in media production. His rhythmic roots and theological training unite to birth a unique brand of creative truth telling. He could be labeled a writer, poet, or rapper, but prefers simply disciple of Christ, always seeking to learn and exercise his gifts to the glory of God.
JoAnn taught elementary school for 36 years, earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and is currently an adjunct faculty member of Linfield College. Larry worked in the environmental field for 35 years, is a Registered Professional Engineer, and currently is consulting in wastewater cleanup.
JoAnn & Larry Sims have been peace and justice advocates nearly all their 46 years as a couple. When their two children were 3 & 5 they became foster parents. They founded Youth Care, an organization in Seattle to help young runaways and street kids turn around their lives. Youth Care celebrates its 36th year this spring.
The Sims’ have traveled to Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean, across the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Those trips have been professionally related or family adventures.
Throughout their married life they have hosted numerous Japanese students studying at the University of Washington and Linfield College. Most recently JoAnn & Larry hosted two groups of Japanese peace ambassadors from the World Friendship Center (WFC) located in Hiroshima, Japan. Both groups traveled across the USA sharing their stories of survival and hope.
Last August the couple was selected as USA peace ambassadors sponsored by WFC and attended the Peace Ceremonies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In May of this year JoAnn & Larry will move to Japan for two years to be Directors of WFC. The World Friendship Center fosters relationships across oceans so that the horrors of the Atomic bombing will not happen again. The organization works for World Peace and nuclear disarmament.
Colin Saxton is a member of North Valley Friends in Newberg, Oregon and serves as superintendent of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. He and his wife Janine are the parents of four children. Along with his work for NWYM over the past six years, Colin spent 16 years in pastoral ministry and seven years as an adjunct instructor at George Fox University. He has served on the boards of several non-profits including Right Sharing of World Resources, George Fox University, the Center for Peace Learning, Love INC., Yamhill County Christian Peacemakers, Evangelical Friends Mission, Peace and Social Concerns (NWYM), and Friendsview Retirement Community. Colin has had the privilege of traveling among Friends throughout the US and across the globe.
His educational background includes an undergraduate degree in psychology, a master's degree in theology/church history, and a doctoral degree in leadership/spiritual formation.
As the current Director of the Moreau Center for Service & Leadership at the University of Portland, Laura gets to combine two of her passions into her professional life, student development and leadership for social change. Her native land of Buffalo, NY sparked an interest in the sustainable redevelopment of abandoned industrial empires. After working in Residence Life at Wheaton College, IL while pursuing her MA in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis in Community Development, Laura took an AmeriCorps VISTA position in Portland, OR to develop service- learning programs focused on tribal community issues in Southeast Alaska, Civil Rights history and contemporary challenges, and urban poverty. This work lead to the discovery of and passion for youth and student movements for social change. Besides these interests, Laura sits on the Board of Oregon Center for Christian Values, a non-profit that works to mobilize communities of faith around Biblical justice issues including health care, poverty, human trafficking and the environment. She also serves on the Board of Focus the Nation, a Portland-based organization committed accelerate our transformation to a clean energy future by fostering connections between generations, and empowering young people through education, civic engagement, and action. Laura is a creator of poetry and a fan of the great outdoors. She’s celebrating over three years of car-lessness and the joys of bike commuting.