Center for Peace & Justice

Center for Peace & 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.

Curricula and Programs

The Center for Peace and Justice coordinates a number of courses taught by faculty in various departments, which can be combined in a minor or used to enrich courses taken as preparation for service in such careers as social work, pastoral ministry, peace education, teaching in public or private schools, diplomacy, and business.

The center also coordinates a study program in conflict management to prepare students for practical peacemaking in their work, church, community and family. Students will study the theory of communication and conflict resolution, be introduced to relevant skills, and equip themselves to apply this learning in a variety of actions. Certificates are awarded upon completion of the program.

In addition to regular course work, the center offers a variety of learning experiences for students and community participants, including lectures, films, international work/study trips, and field experience placements.


A collection of books, articles, media, and other resources of interest are kept at the Center for Peace and Justice, available to students, faculty and supporters. A circulating peace collection is maintained in the university library.