The Church is able to advance peace globally by building strategic and tactical bridges between grassroots nonviolent action and peacebuilding actors, as well as investing in their development and capacity building. But this role is not without challenges. Can the Church serve as an effective mediator while openly denouncing human rights violations and government crackdowns against nonviolent activists? Is it possible for different Church actors to effectively assume different roles in the context of popular movements for peace and democracy? What does this look like practically and what can we learn from past cases?
Speakers to include:
David Yang, VP, Applied Conflict Transformation, USIP
Bishop Robery McElroy, Diocese of San Diego
Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
Sergio Cabrales, Nicaraguan Fulbright Scholar, University of Pittsburgh
Marie Dennis, Senior Advisor, Pax Christi International
Maria Stephan, Director, Nonviolent Action, USIP