Past Events: 2011 - 2012

romania

June 6 - 30
Romania and Moldova

June Serve 2012

June Serve was a group of George Fox students and faculty that partnered with the organization Word Made Flesh, that seeks to serve Jesus amongst the poorest of the poor in Romania and Moldova. The trip was a joint venture between the Office of Spiritual Life, Center for Peace & Justice, and Center for Global Studies. The trip was co-led by CPJ/CGS director Clint Baldwin and Margi Felix-Lund, a GFU alumna who previously served with WMF in Argentina.

The team worked alongside Fall 2010 Missional Practitioners In-Residence David and Lenuta Chronic.

Click the links below to watch David Chronic speak about the work of Word Made Flesh in Romania and Moldova.

Video 1 | Video 2

Peace Conference

Saturday, June 23

"Peace is Possible, One Community at a Time"
Rotery Peace Conference
Marriot Downtown Waterfront Hotel, Portland

Rotary International and The Jubitz Family Foundation invited the Center for Peace and Justice to have a display/information table at this event. Ty Olson, GFU Alum '07 and recent MA Conflict Resolution graduate from Portland State University, represented the CPJ.

The conference featured a series of distinguished international speakers, including Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams and retired commander of U.S. special operations command Admiral Eric Olson. The speakers addressed different aspects of peace-building such as conflict prevention,
private sector investment, international cooperation, women’s
empowerment and peace education.

Immigration Conference

Friday - Saturday, May 18 - 19
Friday - McMinnville Cooperative Ministries, McMinnville
Saturday - San Martin Catholic Church, Dayton

"Immigration: We're All In This Together!"

This 2nd Annual Immigration Conference was sponsored by: Unidos Bridging Community, San Martin Catholic Church,Lutheran Community Services, Interfaith Advocates for Peace with Justice,Mujeres Latinas Luchando por el Pueblo

George Fox University's Center for Peace and Justice encouraged our community to join us in supporting and participating in this event.

Schedule and Additional Information

rotary international

Friday - Sunday, May 18 - 20
George Fox University

Rotary District 5100 2012 Conference

"Building Peace through Rotary"
This was a time for all Rotarians to come together and celebrate their accomplishments from the past year and learn how the district plays a key role in "embracing humanity and peace" in 2012 and in the years to come.

Three renowned, dynamic speakers shared their time: John Dear - peace activist nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, Maude Barlow - author, activist, and former advisor on water to the UN, and PDG Dean Rohrs - activist from South Africa, RI President's Rep.

For more information

Salsa

Friday, May 4, 5 - 9:00 p.m.
McMinnville Grand Ballroom, 325 NE 3rd. St. McMinnville

Salsa Para El Bien 2012

Fundraising Event featured music and live salsa performance to support the development of citizenship classes, outreach, and expansion of the self-sustaining Immigration Counseling and Advocacy program of Lutheran Community Services.

George Fox University's Center for Peace and Justice continues to support the work of Lutheran Community Services in our community.

Larry Diamond

Friday, May 4, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Smith Memorial Union, Portland State University, Portland OR

Larry Diamond - "Global Struggles for Democracy: Reflections from the Front Lines"

Co-Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Oregon, and the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, in conjunction with the 2011-2012 Hatfield Scholar Award Presentation. A small group of GFU Alumni, faculty, and staff were in attendance.

Larry Diamond, a leading contemporary scholar of democracy studies, presented a talk assessing the current state of democratic progress throughout the world, and laid out strategic principles for nurturing and advancing global democracy. Diamond is being honored with the 2011-2012 Hatfield Scholar Award. Named after the distinguished former Governor and Senator Mark O. Hatfield, the Award is offered to exceptional scholars whose careers best exemplify the Hatfield ideals of public interest, scholarship, public service, civil and human rights, social justice and peace.

Event Website

Sima Samar

Friday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland OR

Sima Samar- "The Question of Afghanistan"

As part of the annual International Speaker Series, the World Affairs Council of Oregon welcomed Human Rights Advocate Sima Samar to present. Several political science and peace studies students, faculty, and staff attended.

Afghan human rights pioneer and Nobel Peace prize nominee Sima Samar has spent her life breaking barriers. The first Hazara woman to obtain a medical degree from Kabul University and an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, Dr. Samar was Deputy President of Afghanistan and the country’s first Minister for Women's Affairs. Ousted by religious conservatives, she now chairs the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

Event Website

Romania 5k

Sunday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.
George Fox University Track

Run for Romania - 5K Run/Walk

Run for Romania was a 5K Run/Walk that benefitted the 2012 June Serve Team going to Romania and Moldova.

June Serve is a group of George Fox students and faculty that partner with the organization Word Made Flesh, that seeks to serve Jesus amongst the poorest of the poor in Romania and Moldova. The trip is a joint venture between the Office of Spiritual Life, Center for Peace & Justice, and Center for Global Studies. The trip will be co-led by CPJ/CGS director Clint Baldwin and Margi Felix-Lund, a GFU alumna who previously served with WMF in Argentina.

Click to see the flyer for the event

Zahniser

Wednesday, April 18
Zahniser Institute for Environmental Studies, Greenville College, Illinois

"Salvation Means Creation Healed"

CPJ director, Clint Baldwin presented at the Zahniser Institute of Environmental Studies at Greenville College.

Clint gave a chapel talk titled "Pilgrimage to New Creation", and an evening lecture "The Earth is the Lord's and All Therein".

The Zahniser Institute was founded to, "educate and edify in matters of sustainable use/management of natural resources and public lands, particularly wilderness and wildlands; to promote the preservation of unique and wild places; to facilitate the integration of an ethic of environmental stewardship into the conservative moral constructs of our society; and to use muscle, sinew, will and spirit to restore nature."

Event Poster

Pre-event article

Post event article

Link Logo

Thursday, April 12, 7:30pm
Hoover 105, George Fox University

LiNK - Liberty in North Korea returned to GFU
The death of Kim Jong-il has brought renewed focus on North Korea. But too often that focus is dominated by concerns over nuclear weapons or security issues or on the attitudes of its recluse leaders. But despite changes at the top of the leadership in Pyongyang, the harsh reality of life for ordinary North Koreans goes on.

The People's Tour redefines the North Korea crisis by highlighting the suffering and stories of the North Korean people. LiNK promotes an approach to North Korea that is defined and created by the North Korean people.

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Thursday, March 22, 7:15 - 9pm
Quaker Heritage Room (upstairs library), George Fox University

Peace and Justice Symposium
"South Africa, Social Justice, Sabbath"

Speakers:
Roger Newell - Professor of Religious Studies
Sue Newell - Assistant professor of Social Work, Director of Field Education

This past summer, Roger and Sue traveled to South Africa to teach summer school at the College of the Transfiguration, a theological college in Grahamstown, which trains pastors for ministry in the Anglican church of South Africa. From there they traveled to Capetown, where Sue helped co-ordinate international placements for George Fox students at Cornerstone University. Their talks will reflected on their conversations last summer.

Cesar Chavez

Tuesday, March 20th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
EHS 125, George Fox University

Cesar Chavez and and Peaceful Community Advocacy Movements Panel

Part of GFU's commemoration of Cesar Chavez Day included this panel discussion about peaceful protests anchored in the United Farm Workers narrative. This event was hosted by the Office of Transitions & Inclusions and the Center for Peace and Justice.

The time considered, among many aspects, grassroots organizing, worker’s rights, structural economics, factors leading to and perpetuating forms of marginalization, and teaching for empowerment.

Panel Moderator:
Clint Baldwin -Assistant Professor of International Studies; Director of the Center for Peace and Justice

Panel Members:
Joseph Orosco - Professor of Philosophy; Director of the Peace Studies Program – Oregon State University
Tom Hastings - Professor, Portland State University, graduate program in Conflict Resolution; Director, PeaceVoice, Oregon Peace Institute
Romeo Sosa – Executive Director of Voz
Pedro Sosa – Member of Voz’s Council of Elders
Andy Coulombe – GFU alumnus – Founder, Jubilee Food Pantry and Public Community Garden - Hubbard, Oregon
Click to see a video tour of the Jubilee Food Pantry
Ed Higgins – Professor Emeritis of English – George Fox University – poetry reading from an anthology on the Occupy movement.

George Fox event news release

Invisible Children

Monday, March 12th, 8:00 p.m.
Cap & Gown Room, Student Union Building, George Fox University

Invisible Children visited campus again as part of the Kony 2012 tour.

A team of American and Ugandan representatives from Invisible Children visited GFU on March 12th, 2012 to present the San Diego-based organization's latest documentary about the central African conflict surrounding the LRA. This documentary, entitled Kony 2012, highlights the atrocities of the LRA's control in 5 central African countries and calls for the commander's capture and trial at the International Criminal Court, where he has been wanted for a number of years.

Click to view George Fox's webstory on the visit

FCNL logo

Friday, March 2, 5:30-7:00pm

Baldwin house, 2 blocks from campus

FCNL Dinner and Discussion

Students shared soup and conversation with an FCNL representative concerning how GFU students can support FCNL lobbyists. Co-sponsored by the Center for Peace and Justice and the Friends Leadership Center.

The Friends Committee on National Legislature (FCNL) is the largest group of registered peace lobbyists in Washington D.C. FCNL lives out historic Quaker values of peace, equality, simplicity and truth to advocate on behalf of current social justice issues in the United States. George Fox hosted the executive secretary of FCNL, Diane Randall, in October, 2011. Click here for more information on this past event.

Woolman Peacemaking Poster

Monday and Wednesday, February 27 and 29, 2012
George Fox University

Woolman Peacemaking Forum

The 27th annual John Woolman Peacemaking Forum featured Leroy Barber, President of Mission Year, and Chris Lahr, Academic Director of Mission Year.

Monday, February 27:

10:40-11:30am George Fox University Chapel: Bauman Auditorium
11:45-12:30 Talk-back lunch in Executive Dining Room
7:30pm Evening Program: Edwards-Holman Science Center, Room 102

Wednesday, February 29:
Nobel Peace Laureate Forum: "Preventing War & Ending World Conflicts"
2-4:00pm at University of Portland, Buckley Center

Panel featured former South African President and Nobel Prize Laureate F.W. de Klerk, also including George Fox University President Robin Baker. Click for GFU story on this event.

The Justice Conference

Friday and Saturday, February 24-25, 2012
Portland Convention Center

The Justice Conference 2012

For the second year in a row, George Fox University's Center for Global Studies and Center for Peace and Justice was an exhibitor at this event.

George Fox's Associated Student Community (ASC) subsidized 45 tickets for students. The Office of Spiritual Life also subsidized tickets for student life chaplains.

The Justice Conference 2012 was the second annual international gathering of advocates, activists, artists, professors, professionals, prophets, pastors, students and stay-at-home moms working to restore the fabric of justice. It was a two–day annual event to promote dialogue around justice related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS and human rights, featuring internationally acclaimed speakers, hundreds of humanitarian organizations and dozens of pre-conference workshops.

Click for more information
or email: info@thejusticeconference.com

Celestin

Thursday February 23rd
7:00 p.m.

Grace Baptist Church - 1619 East 2nd Street Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 538-7468

Celestin Musekura, President ALARM Inc.

Grace Baptist Church and GFU's Center for Peace and Justice co-hosted representatives from ALARM (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries). Celestin was the keynote speaker for the 2011 GFU Global Issues Forum.

The topic to be addressed was "Realities of the African Church and the New Face of Missions to Africa," including such issues facing African Christianity as genocide, tribal and political violence, the new nation of South Sudan, the growth of Islam and what these mean for the worldwide missions endeavor to Africa.

Venture Expeditions

Wednesday, February 22nd
George Fox University - Bruin Den

Venture Expeditions on campus

Aaron Smith, director of Venture Expeditions was on-campus to share his organization's work with the GFU community. If you love to hike, cycle, or run - VE offers amazing opportunities to apply these activities to fundraising and awareness adventures that benefit humanitarian efforts.

The Venture Expeditions community empowers people to benefit the world and discover their souls through adventure-driven humanitarian efforts.

The stories of injustice compel VE to design adventure expeditions and innovative campaigns which meet dire needs, restore dignity, and provide Christ's hope. Through their work, they tell stories of injustice, mobilize active support, partner with responsible organizations, and establish sustainable “injustice-prevention” projects throughout the world.

Tyler Amy

Monday and Tuesday, February 13 & 14, 2012
George Fox University

Tyler Amy - Creation Care Studies Program/Renewal

Tyler is a recruiter for the Creation Care Studies Program (CCSP) which offers semester-long study programs in Belize and New Zealand. He also serves as the Coordinator for Renewal, a non-profit that works with students across North American campuses, aspiring and equipping them with tools to care for God's earth.

Schedule

Tyler spoke in select classes and Monday evening spoke at Quere Verum (for more information contact Ashley Brown) and Tuesday evening at a talk-back session held in the Cap and Gown Room at 5:30 pm.

CCSP fits well with the Mission Statement of GFU and the purpose of the Center for Peace and Justice:
Promoting Peace, Justice, and Care of the Earth
Jesus Christ calls us to be peacemakers, to serve the poor, and to engage our world responsibly. We are a community that actively creates peace, promotes justice, and cares for the earth.

Diversity Forum

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Cap & Gown Room, Student Union Building

Diversity Forum - organized and sponsored by Associated Student Community (ASC)

The center for peace and justice is happy to have promoted this annual forum. Its purpose is for students to converse about issues regarding race, culture, and ethnicity.


Voices of Hope

Sunday, February 12, 7-8:30pm
Linfield College's Jonasson Hall (in Melrose, lower level)

Participants of Jewish, Islamic, Christian, Baha'i, Buddhist, and Native American traditions joined together to discuss issues of faith and community.

Clint Baldwin, CPJ director, shared a short word titled, 'That of God'.

Click here for the full pdf.

Click here for the brochure from this event.

John dear

Monday, February 6, 2012
Tigard United Methodist Church, 9845 SW Walnut Place Tigard, OR 97223

Speaker: Rev. John Dear

John Dear S.J., is a Jesuit priest, peace activist and author of some 20 books which include his autobiography A Persistant Peace, as well as Living in Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action and The Questions of Jesus. In 2008 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu.

This event included a presentation of Rev. John Dear and book signing of his latest book, Lazarus, Come Forth!: How Jesus Confronts the Culture of Death and Invites Us into the New Life of Peace.

symposium

Tuesday, January 31, 7-8.30 p.m.
GFU Quaker Heritage Room, Upstairs Library

Peace and Justice Symposium
Speakers:

Irv Brendlinger:

Irv is professor of church history and theology at George Fox University, where he has taught since 1993. Prior to teaching, he served in pastoral ministry in Oklahoma City. He holds an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary, an MEd in counseling from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where his study of historical theology focused on John Wesley and the problem of slavery.

Carol Joy Brendlinger:

Carol Joy Brendlinger is the Ecumenical Campus Minister for Portland Campus Christian Ministry housed at the Spiritual Life Center at PSU. She has worked with students faculty and staff providing ecumenical programming and spiritual nurture for the campus since the fall of 2005. Coming from a Quaker background, she did her undergraduate work at George Fox University, and completed her MDiv at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Ind.

Clint Baldwin

Sunday, January 29, 10:00 a.m.
West Hills Friends Church, 7425 SW 52nd Ave. Portland, OR 97219

Peace Month Sunday Service
Speaker:

Clint Baldwin, CPJ Director

"My Peace I Leave with You; Do not be Troubled or Afraid: A Call to Recognition and Advocacy"

Primary Text: John 14-16

symposium

Saturday, January 28, 9:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Rooms 112-122, Terrell Hall, Portland Community College Cascade Campus

Peace and Conflict Symposium
The regional Peace and Conflict Studies Consortium – which includes leaders from Portland Community College, Portland State University and George Fox University, among other institutions – hosted an academic symposium at PCC on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The event was from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in rooms 112-122, Terrell Hall, Cascade Campus. It included educators involved with peace studies from throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. Topics addressed included research in the field, academic programs currently in existence, the development of academic programs, and planning for the future.

World Affairs Council

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Jam Cafe, SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR

World Affairs Council of Oregon Young Professionals

World team trivia

One current GFU student, two alumni, and a CPJ/CGS staff member competed in this trivia event, presented by the Young Professionals group associated with the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

World Religions Day

Sunday, January 15, 2012, 3-5 p.m.
Cap & Gown room

Sacred Journey: Perspectives on Lived Faith

George Fox University marked World Religions Day with a speaker panel of faith leaders in Portland area.

(This event was part of GFU's engagement with the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge)

This time was meant to emphasize the particularity as well as the interconnectivity of lived belief. It was a time meant to learn about each other and to enjoy the company of one another. We are each of us unique, but we are also all uniquely tied together. From the broadest sense of being part a global biosphere to the very local sense of the corner farmers market, we are neighbors. So, this time was about practicing being neighbors together through the particular lens of learning about the importance of lived belief through hearing sharing from representatives of four different belief communities.

Panelists: Rabbi Daniel Isaak - Congregation Neveh Shalom (SW Portland), Shahriar Ahmed - President, Bilal Masjid (Beaverton), Abbot Kyogen Carlson - Dharma Rain Zen Center (SE Portland), Sarah Thomas Baldwin - George Fox University Pastor/Dean of Spiritual Life.

Click to view Program Schedule

Ursula K. Le Guin

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 2-4 p.m.
Hoover 105

Authors Ursula K. Le Guin and Eleanor Berry spoke on campus as part of William Stafford's birthday month celebration.

In continuation from last year's Celebration of William Stafford event, George Fox will hosted authors Ursula K. Le Guin and Eleanor Berry in collaboration with the organization Friends of William Stafford, and two of its board members Dennis and Helen Schmidling.

As of 2011, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, andThe Wild Girls. Forthcoming in 2012, Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Eleanor Berry moved to the Salem area from Wisconsin in 1994. A former teacher of writing and literature at Willamette University, she organizes poetry events in nearby Stayton, is a member of the committee that oversees the Oregon Poetry Collection at the Oregon State Library, and serves on the boards of the Marion Cultural Development Corporation and the Oregon State Poetry Association. Her poetry and essays on poetry have been widely published in journals and anthologies. Green November, a book of poems derived from her acclimation to western Oregon, was published in 2007.

Book Drive

Monday - Friday, December 12-16, 2011

Campus Wide Book Drive

GFU's Center for Peace and Justice and Center for Global Studies sponsored a campus wide book drive during finals week benefiting the organization Invisible Children.

Unwanted books become the means to rebuild schools and provide scholarships to students in Northern Uganda. A lot of unwanted books are thrown out at the end of each year when college bookstores stop buying them back. Invisible Children has partnered with an organization called Better World Books using proceeds from the collected books to fund literacy and education in Northern Uganda.

symposium

Friday, December 2, 12:00 PM
Executive Dining Room, SUB

Brown Bag Lunch Informational Meeting for Mission Year with President Leroy Barber

Mission Year is a national urban initiative that introduces participants to missional and communal living while living in city centers.

Mission Year President Leroy Barber came to share about this exciting new opportunity with students.


symposium

Thursday, December 1, 7:30-9 p.m.
GFU Quaker Heritage Room, Upstairs Library

Peace and Justice Symposium
Speakers:

Bill Apel, Professor Emeritus Linfield College, Author "Signs of Peace"

Craig Goodworth, Artist and Writier, GFU Artist Practitioner In-residence

Symposium

Thursday, November 17, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

LINK Reliance Tour: Presenting "HIDING:THE FINAL CUT"
Location: Hoover 105

LiNK came to George Fox to screen the final cut of their heart wrenching documentary "Hiding".

In the mid-1990s, over a million people died in North Korea, and hardly anybody noticed. Millions starved, hundreds of thousands were imprisoned in concentration camps, and tens of thousands crossed borders seeking food, money, protection and even freedom that they never knew existed. That place was, and continues to be, a land with virtually no freedoms - of speech, assembly, religion, movement and more.

LiNK (Liberty in North Korea) is an organization born out of a desire to spread awareness of the atrocities occurring in North Korea. The organization’s official line is “redefining the North Korea crisis through creative storytelling, while providing emergency relief to North Korean refugees and pursuing an end to the human rights crisis.

symposium

Monday- Thursday, 14 - 17 November

The International Justice Mission GFU Chapter hosted their annual event called "Closing the Gap: Addressing the Mentality Behind Sex Slavery", a four day event adressing the issue of sex slavery.

Schedule:

Monday- Screening of 'Born Into Brothels'

Tuesday & Wednesday- Speaker Panel in Hoover 102

Thursday- Concert with band 'Jubilee' in the Fox Hole

The Center for Peace and Justice is the advising body of the IJM chapter on campus.


human circles

Wednesday, November 16, 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Human Circles
Location: Waterfront Park, Downtown Portland

The Center for Peace and Justice at George Fox University in sympathy with a broad coalition of executive signers from multiple Christian denominations and organizations affirmed the document -- A Circle of Protection: A Statement on Why We Need to Protect Programs for the Poor.

Considering a looming congressional deadline to enact major budget cuts, people gathered at events being called "Human Circles" in symbolic support for programs most at risk of being cut.

The goals are to: make the poor visible in the debate; stand in prayer for important programs that help the most vulnerable in society; inform Congress that cutting such programs is not the answer to budget concerns.

The Portland gathering is within sight distance of the offices of Sen. Jeff Merkley.

In Portland, the Oregon Center for Christian Values hosted the event in partnership with Bread for the World and the Office of Life, Justice and Peace of the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland.

For more information: Circle of Protection

Peter Eichstaedt

Wednesday, November 16, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Consuming the Congo: War & Conflict Materials in the World's Deadliest Place

Presenter: Peter Eichstaedt, veteran journalist
Location: Mercy Corps Action Center, 28 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, OR

Veteran journalist Peter Eichstaedt (Africa Editor for the Institute for War & Peace Reporting at The Hague and author of Pirate State: Inside Terrorism at Sea) traveled around the eastern Congo talking to militia leaders, former child soldiers, businessmen, and aid workers to gather stories of the day-to-day challenges of life in the former Belgian colony, largely precipitated by colonial exploitation and internal strife after gaining independence.

Eichstaedt explores a tense and urgent first-hand picture of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a place where more than 5 million Congolese have died in the quest for the valuable minerals that bring the West’s taken-for-granted creature comforts of cell phones and computers to life.

Students interested in attending this event should contact Clint Baldwin: cbaldwin@georgefox.edu

For more information: World Affairs Council of Oregon event page

Symposium

Friday, November 11, 9:00am - 12:00 p.m.

Muslim Perspectives on Faith
Location:George Fox Evangelical Seminary (Room 155)

A Muslim perspective on the role of faith in identity formation was the topic of a George Fox Evangelical Seminary seminar Friday, Nov. 11, at the Portland Center.

Maria Ebrahimji, executive editorial producer for CNN and the director of CNN’s booking department, shared her perspective as a Muslim woman working for a major news agency in the United States. Joining her were three Muslim women who live in Oregon: Fatemeh Fakhraie, Muna Idow and Manar Alattar. Together, they will present three sessions: “Personal Faith Journeys” (9 a.m.), “Perceptions of People of Faith” (10 a.m.) and “Faith and Conversion” (11 a.m.).

The event, titled “Who Am I? Who Are You? A Muslim Perspective on the Role of Faith in Identity Formation,” was the latest installment of the seminary’s Ministry in Contemporary Culture Seminar series and seeks to find shared experiences between the Christian and Muslim faiths.

Symposium

Saturday, November 5, 9:00am - 3:30pm

Peace in the Home: A FREE seminar on domestic violence
Location: Newberg Church of Christ 2503 Haworth, Newberg, OR

Speakers: Ron and Lori Clark

Ron served on the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force and Community Against Domestic Violence.

Lori speaks to church groups and conferences on domestic abuse and sex trafficking and also leads ministries that facilitate healing and growth for women.

Registration is available at the door. Local domestic violence resources will be on hand for assistance. Light refreshments provided. To pre-register, call 503-538-4789. Participation is FREE.

For more information, contact Amy Kopsa at akopsa@hotmail.com

58

Friday, November 4, 7:00pm

58: The Film Screening

Location: Newberg Friends Church Sanctuary

Newberg Friends Church hosted a screening of the documentary 58:The Movie.

58:invites audiences to discover the incredible work of God through His people in our hurting world. Meet ordinary people, hear their stories, and see their struggles and their victories as 58: shows the relentlessly loving God at work through His Church bringing hope to the darkest challenges of our day. Witness bravery and determined faith in a journey from the slums of Kenya to the streets of New York. Confront the brutality of extreme poverty and meet those who live out the True Fast of Isaiah 58 and create stunning new possibilities for the future.

It is a great opportunity that should not be missed. Admission is free.

Invisiblechildren

Tuesday, October 25, 9 p.m.

Invisible Children (Frontline tour featuring TONY: The Documentary)

Location: Cap & Gown Room
Shalom worship gathering

The war in northern Uganda has been called the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today. For the past 23 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda (GoU) have been waging a war that has left nearly two million innocent civilians caught in the middle. The GoU's attempt to protect its citizens from this rebel militia has largely failed, resulting in an entire generation of youth that has never known peace.

Invisible Children is an organization that uses the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest running war in Africa. Their model has proven effective, and hundreds of thousands of people have been called to action through our films and the volunteers that tour them.

Come hear their story and watch a documentary made by this talented team of activists and be inspired to make a difference.

Invisiblechildren

Monday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.

WE ARE WITNESSES by the Stages Performing Arts Youth Academy

Location: Cap & Gown Room

Cost: FREE

Stages Performing Arts Youth Academy

WE ARE WITNESSES is the true account of 5 Jewish adolescents whose lives are depicted during the time of Hitler’s regime. These beautiful people tell their heart rendering accounts by bringing their diaries alive with the innocence and ideological endearments only young people can. Audiences will share their struggles and honorable lives as the 3 boys and 2 girls tell their stories. This is a wonderful theatrical experience you don’t want to miss. For a writeup about this play click here.

Diane Randall

Friday, October 21

Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of Friends Committee for National Legislation visited GFU

Schedule:
12:00 p.m. - Lunch with Diane (Bon Appetit dining hall)
1:40 - 2:30 p.m. - Lecture in History of Philosophy course (Stevens 209)
7:00 p.m. - Evening Lecture (Edward Holman Science building 102)

Diane’s engagement in the peace movement began in the early 1980s, when she left her position as a high school English teacher in Omaha, Neb., to direct the Omaha Nuclear Freeze Campaign. Diane relocated to Connecticut in 1986 to direct the state's Network to Abolish the Death Penalty and work for the Office of Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Hartford, launching a 20-year career lobbying the state legislature. During that time, Diane became the first executive director of the Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition, dedicated to advocacy and effective delivery of housing and services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

ICMU

Thursday, October 20

The Institute for Christian-Muslim Understanding (ICMU): Making Sense of a Middle East in Transition

Speaker: Rami Khouri

Westminster Presbyterian Church 1624 NE Hancock, Portland, OR 97212

6pm- Reception & Exhibits

7:30pm- Presentation

Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and U.S. citizen whose family resides in Beirut, Amman, and Nazareth. He is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut as well as editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star, and a syndicated columnist and author.

George Fox Center for Peace and Justice is the official endorsing institution for this event.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Renewal

Thursday - Sunday, October 20 - 23

Renewal Summit 2011
Houghton College - Houghton, N.Y.

The Renewal Summit is a time of practical training and community building with other students interested in creation care. The training summit will feature some of today's most relevant Christian and environmental leaders as keynote speakers and will focus on campus organizing and skill development.

Click for more information

Justice Conference

Wednesday-Friday, October 19-21
Buffalo, N.Y.

Symposium for Sustainability Workers
Center for Environmental Leadership - Sustainability Project

Center for Peace and Justice director Clint Baldwin will attend this symposium as a founding board member. The goal for this gathering is to lay the foundation for how CEL can best strengthen and support the vital work of sustainability coordinators, staff, faculty, and administrators who are actively engaged in campus sustainability efforts.

GFU's involvment with CEL alligns with the university's belief in the importance of creation care as a part of global justice.

Click for more information

Featured article in Flourish Magazine - Fall 2011

ICMU

Thursday, October 13

The Center for Peace and Justice had 6 free passes to 58: The Film screening at Regal Lloyd Center 10 at 7pm, Thursday, October 13.

Address: 1510 Ne Multnomah St Portland, OR 97232

58: invites audiences to discover the incredible work of God through His people in our hurting world. Meet ordinary people, hear their stories, and see their struggles and their victories as 58: shows the relentlessly loving God at work through His Church bringing hope to the darkest challenges of our day. Witness bravery and determined faith in a journey from the slums of Kenya to the streets of New York. Confront the brutality of extreme poverty and meet those who live out the True Fast of Isaiah 58 and create stunning new possibilities for the future.

Alarm

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 11-12

2011 Global Issues Forum
GFU Center for Peace and Justice hosts Rev. Célestin Musekura & Meredith Wheeler of ALARM (African Leadership & Reconciliation Ministries)

Schedule of Events:
Tuesday, Oct. 11
9 p.m. - Shalom - Cap & Gown room. Speaker: Meredith Wheeler

Wednesday, Oct. 12
10:40 a.m. - Chapel, Speaker: Rev. Célestin Musekura (Bauman Auditorium)
Noon - Talk-Back Lunch with Célestin, Meredith, and Arlene Tatum from International Reconciliaton Ministries (Cap & Gown room)
7:30-9 p.m.- Evening program, Speaker: Rev. Célestin Musekura (Hoover 105) followed by reception in the lobby

ALARM exists to empower the African church to impact the African continent by developing and equipping leaders with skills and tools to nurture and deepen the Christian faith for the transformation and reconciliation of the African communities. ALARM was founded in 1994 in response to a crisis of Christian leadership in Africa following the genocide in Rwanda.

Dr. Célestin Musekura is the president and founder of ALARM, Inc. He is an ordained Baptist minister and published author who was born and raised in Rwanda.

Dr. Meredith Wheeler is the International Director of ALARM, Inc. He has served in senior leadership capacities for more than 25 years. His leadership has been characterized as visionary, creative, relationally focused and passionate.

Click HERE to view illustrative notes by a student during the evening lecture with Celestin.

Peace Fair

Sunday, September 25

Yamhill Peace Walk & Fair
Yamhill County Interfaith Advocates for Peace and Justice
McMinnville Cooperative Ministries
544 NE Second Street, McMinnville, Great Room

GFU Center for Peace and Justice hosted a display/information table at this event and participated in the annual walk for peace

Schedule:
3:00 – Peace Walk
4:00 – Program: The Rachel Corrie Foundation
5:15 – Peace Fair
5:45 – Soup Supper

The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice was established by members of Rachel’s family and community to continue the kind of work that she began and hoped to accomplish before she was killed in Gaza in 2003 at the age of 23.

Cost: Free (voluntary contribution for soup supper)

Symposium

Thursday, September 22, 7:15 - 9 p.m.

Peace and Justice Symposium
Featured: Professors Patrick Ray - Engineering, and Abigail Rine - English
Introductions by student Mikaela Alexander - Christian Ministries (missions)

Location: Quaker Heritage Room (upstairs library)
7:15pm - Treats begin; 7:30-9pm - Program

Patrick Ray, Abigail Rine, and Mikaela Alexander talked about how they implement peace and justice in their disciplines, in their families, in their lives.

Patrick is new to GFU having previously lived and worked in Amman, Jordan teaching at Middle East University. In Jordan he worked on various projects including as a water systems economist for the Millennium Challenge Corporation and as a climate change specialist for the UNDP.

Abigail’s teaching interests include women’s writing, ancient world literature, and fiction writing. Her deepest calling is to mentor young women who feel silenced and marginalized within the Christian church.

Mikaela’s studies at GFU have focused on missions and peacemaking. She is interested in studying how countries in conflict have attempted to reconcile. This coming spring semester she will be studying in Rwanda, Africa.

davy desmond

GFU Alumna Davy Desmond '08 returns to speak about her work with Orphans in Africa

Location: Religious Studies lounge, Hoover 2nd Floor

September 20, 2011

Davy was a double major at GFU in Economics & International Studies. Since graduating she has focused her energies on serving the poor. For the past few years she has been working with Orphan Relief and Rescue. Currently, she is working to establish a fuller and more thriving ministry in Uganda.

After speaking at GFU she will leave for Uganda on October 1st where she will be partnering with an organization called Show Mercy International. For 70 days she will be working in “Hope Children's Home.” This is a home to more than 100 children. She will also help to build the “Field of Dreams,” which is a 25 acre plot of land designated for ministry (a school, a clinic and a church).
Click to read her blog

Bread for the World

Hunger and the Budget Crisis - a faith-based call to action

Conference held by Bread for the World and co-sponsored by GFU Center for Peace and Justice
(Location: Mercy Corps Headquarters - Portland, Ore.)

September 17, 2011

The goal of this event is to gain an understanding of what is at stake with the upcoming cuts to programs that help the poor both at home and overseas. This is the most serious challenge to these programs in decades. At the event we will formulate an advocacy action plan which will combine our voices in working to limit these cuts and reaffirm the idea that a budget is a moral document that represents the values of our nation.

Cost: Free

Serve Day

Serve Day 2011 - Team volunteers at Medical Teams International
September 7, 2011

CPJ Director Clint Baldwin led a team of women of the residence hall of Coffin 3 West to Medical Teams International. While there, they had the opportunity to explore the Real. Life. Exhibit. In the video linked below, Clint Baldwin and Sophomore Meghan Timmons talk about the powerful impact of their experience.

Click to watch video

Noel Castellanos

Noel Castellanos, CEO of Christian Community Development Association visits GFU
August 25, 2011

Inspired to serve the poor according to Christ’s relational model, the Rev. Noel Castellanos teaches young leaders the importance of long-term commitment in order to effect significant social change. CCDA's mission is to inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities.

Click HERE to view video of an interview conducted with Noel.

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

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