Peace and Justice Symposia

The GFU Center for Peace and Justice hosts multiple Peace and Justice Symposia each year. During these symposia, members of the George Fox community and invited speakers share about how they implement peace and justice in their disciplines/vocations, in their families and in their lives.

"A Night of Story & Song Around the Fire"

Thursday, September 13, 2012
7:30-9 pm - Pavilion (located in the GFU campus canyon)

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Aaron Strumpel - Singer/Songwriter, GFU Artist Practitioner In-Residence
Julia Harlow - GFU area coordinator
Kelsey VandenHoek - Senior social work student

Join us for a night of story and song as we gather around the fire to hear from a panel of speakers involved with justice work around the globe. Aaron, Julia and Kelsey are all involved with the humanitarian organization Word Made Flesh



"South Africa, Social Justice, Sabbath"

Thursday, March 22, 2012
7:15 - 9 p.m. Quaker Heritage Room (upstairs library), George Fox University

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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 reflected on their conversations last summer.



January 2012 Peace and Justice Symposium

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
7 - 8:30 p.m. Quaker Heritage Room (upstairs library), George Fox University

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Irv Brendlinger - Professor of Church History and Theology
Carol Joy Brendlinger - Ecumenical Campus Minister, Portland Campus

Irv has taught since 1993 at George Fox University. 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 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.   



December 2011 Peace and Justice Symposium

Thursday, December 1, 2011
7:30 - 9 p.m. Quaker Heritage Room (upstairs library), George Fox University

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Bill Apel - Professor Emeritus Linfield College, Author of Signs of Peace
Craig Goodworth - Artist and Writier, GFU Artist Practitioner In-residence



September 2011 Peace and Justice Symposium

Thursday, September 22, 2011
7:15 - 8:30 p.m. Quaker Heritage Room (upstairs library), George Fox University

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Patrick Ray - Professor of Engineering
Abigail Rine - Professor of English
Introductions by: Mikaela Alexander - Christian Ministries (Missions) Major

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.



February 2011 Peace and Justice Symposium

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011

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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 an 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...
The Kingdom of Heaven Belongs to Such as These



November 2010 Peace and Justice Symposium

November 18, 2010

Novemer Peace & Justice Symposium

Ed Higgins - Professor of English
Marcie Gowan - Assistant Professor of Nursing

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 read several of his poems which powerfully illustrated his commitment to peace-building and non-violence. Marcie Gowan 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.



September 2010 Peace and Justice Symposium

September 16, 2010

Peace and Justice Symposium

David Chronic - Country Director, Wold Made Flesh
Luneta Chronic - Counry Director, World Made Flesh

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.



April 2009 Peace and Justice Symposium

April 15, 2009

Symposium - April

Rob Westervelt - Vice-President of Marketing Communications
Clella Jaffe - Professor of Communications

Two employees shared about how they implement peace and justice in their disciplines, in their families, in their lives.



February 2009 Peace and Justice Symposium

February 11, 2009

Symposium - February

Rick Muthiah - Academic Resource Director
Angela Crenshaw - Director of Outreach and Service, Spiritual Life

Two members of the George Fox community shared about how they implement peace and justice in their disciplines, in their families, in their lives.



November 2008 Peace and Justice Symposium

November 18, 2008

Symposium - November

Brian Swarts - Micah Challenge USA, The Greatest Commission: Justice and Advocacy with the Poor in out Global Missions

Brian Swarts is the National Coordinator of Micah Challenge USA, the US branch of a global Christian campaign to bring an end to extreme poverty and to be a prophetic voice for justice in the Church. The campaign is active in 41 countries and works by mobilizing local churches, schools and organizations to partner with impoverished and maginalized communities in advocating for policies and programs that address poverty, health, and human rights.



"Local Pastors...Three Traditions, Serving One Savior"

October 21, 2008

Symposium - October

Kevin Kopsa - Pastor of Newberg Church of Christ
Greg Koskela - Pastor of Newberg Friends Church
Ron Thomason - Pastor of GodSong Community Church

Three pastors shared about election season politics, church life, peace and justice.



September 2008 Peace and Justice Symposium

September 23, 2008

Symposium - September

Steve Sherwood - Professor for Youth Evangelism & Discipleship
Melanie Hulbert - Assistant Professor of Sociology

Two professors shared about how they implement peace and justice in their disciplines, in their families, in their lives.



April 2008 Peace and Justice Symposium

April 9, 2008

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Missy Terry - Executive Assistant to the President
Ben Kulpa - Associate Director of Residence Life & Area Coordinator for Houses

Two employees shared about how they implement peace and justice in their disciplines, in their families, in their lives.



March 2008 Peace and Justice Symposium

March 19, 2008

Kris Kays - Associate Professor of Psychology
Corey Beals - Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Two professors shared about how they implement peace and justice in their disciplines, in their families, in their lives.



February 2008 Peace and Justice Symposium

February 13, 2008

John Gorlorwulu - Associate Professor of Economics

John shared about how they implement peace and justice in their disciplines, in their families, in their lives.



February 2008 Peace and Justice Symposium

February 13, 2008

Lisa McMinn - Associate Professor of Sociology
Mark McMinn - Associate Professor of Psychology

Two professors shared about how they implement peace and justice in their disciplines, in their families, in their lives.

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