The Center for Peace and Justice

Since 1891, George Fox University has been educating Christian leaders for effective service in improving the spiritual and material conditions of human life. The Center for Peace and Justice is one of the significant ways George Fox University carries out its Christ-centered, Quaker mission.

Created in December 1984 as the Center for Peace Learning, the Center for Peace and Justice helps people understand and manage the many forms of conflict. The center's goal is to nurture agents of hope, people who embody in their citizenship, careers, and daily lives God's promised gifts of peace and reconciliation.

The Center for Peace and Justice extends the Quaker heritage and the Christian higher educational work of George Fox University by collecting information, teaching, and providing resources and experiences in peacemaking and conflict management at all levels of human interaction, from interpersonal to international.

2018-19 Steinfeldt Peace Scholars


 Cara Vincent

Cara Vincent

In the spring semester of my first year at George Fox, I took a religion class focused on the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It was the first time I had truly been exposed to a theology of peace, and an unexplainable transformation occurred within me as I learned about people who, in the face of what is considered to be one of the most horrific occurrences in history, stayed incredibly committed to peaceful action because of their faith. That class left me in awe and my view of Christianity, the world, and the duty of Christians in the world went through incredible growth in that class. It developed my belief that as a follower of Christ, I am called to pursue peace.

This eye-opening experience in my education along with other encounters has left me with a desire to learn more about peace and peacemaking, specifically through supporting and rehabilitating those at risk in communities. I come from a poverty-stricken rural community in Oregon, and the brief glimpses of suffering I have seen in my community inspire me to offer hope to those in poverty, abusive situations, broken homes, and those in a broken justice system. I hope to do this through learning more about dispute and conflict resolution and extending to them security and resources to help them build peaceful lives. I would like to earn a Peace Studies minor during my time here at Fox and then continue my studies after graduation through pursuing a masters in Dispute Resolution or law degree. I hope this education will allow me to be part of a hopeful solution to those most vulnerable in communities. Grace is one of the foundations of my faith, and I believe that working hard to pursue justice and advocate for those most vulnerable with a loving, gracious, and passionate heart can bring hope and peace to broken communities such as my hometown.

Juan DeHowitt
Shaun Durham