2022 Conference

Catholic Peacebuilding in Times of Crisis: Hope for a Wounded World

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Date:

June 22-24, 2022

Location:

This will be a virtual conference.

Registration:

Check back soon for registration information.

Hosts:
  • Javeriana Pontifical University
  • Caritas Colombia/National Social Pastoral of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia
Co-Sponsors:
  • Catholic Peacebuilding Network
  • Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Office of Global Engagement, Boston College
  • Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University 
  • Office of International Justice and Peace, US Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Department of Justice and Peace Studies, University of St. Thomas
  • Pax Christi International
  • Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University
  • Las Casas Institute for Social Justice, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford
  • Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institutes of Africa and Madagascar
  • Institut Superieur de Paix et Reconciliation, Catholic University of Bukavu
  • Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, University of Dayton
  • Peace Studies Research Group of the International Federation of Catholic Universities
Purpose:

The world is emerging from an historic health crisis that has exacerbated existing conflicts, poverty, inequalities, polarization, and threats to the environment. While the pandemic led to unprecedented cooperation and heroic responses by many, it also exposed deficits in leadership and emboldened authoritarians, demagogues, and chauvinistic nationalists. The challenge to Catholic peacebuilders is clear: we must ensure that the post-pandemic return to “normal” does not look like the pre-pandemic status quo, or worse. 

That will require an integral and integrated approach to peace, development and ecology because the cry of war’s victims, the cry of the poor, and the cry of the earth rise as one. Such an integral approach is especially necessary as the pandemic has made the gulf between zones of peace, prosperity and environmental justice and zones of conflict, deprivation and ecological devastation ever less bridgeable. In a post-pandemic world seeking to recover from mass starvation, unprecedented refugee flows, a proliferation of failing and failed states, and seemingly intractable conflicts, human security will have to take priority over a new nuclear arms race, an excessive reliance on force, and other narrow approaches to national security. In a world recovering from the worst global economic downturn since the Great Depression, the focus will have to be on constraining unregulated globalization, gross inequalities, and the surveillance economy in the name of integral human development of the whole person and whole communities. Amidst rising nationalism, extremist populist movements, and political polarization, good governance that serves human dignity and the common good is desperately needed from the village council to the UN. All of that requires that we acknowledge the basic fact that we live in a complex, interdependent world that cannot function without sustained efforts to deepen bonds of solidarity, the glue that allows us to build more effective and just structures of cooperative security.    

The conference will convene a wide range of Catholic peacebuilders – Church leaders, scholars, peacebuilding specialists and other practitioners – from around the world. It will allow participants to learn from their rich and diverse experiences in confronting challenges to peace around the world and help them discern new and creative ways to respond to the historic challenges to peace that we now face.