Section I. The Threatening Catastrophe: Responding Now

Track 4: Just Peace Making: Response to Threats of Catastrophe
(Jay McDaniel and Paul Bube)


Just Peacemaking: Responding to Global Crises considers the continuing threat of nuclear war and the realities of violence in different regions of the world (e.g. Africa, Iran, Korea, and the Middle East) with an interest in how practices of Just Peacemaking, in local settings and among nations, can bring about lasting peace.   Conversations will focus on proven practices at local levels and on ways in which the foreign policies of powerful nations such as the United States can be critiqued and re-crafted to help bring about communities embodying the principles of ecological civilizations: respect for diversity, respect for the earth, creativity, compassion, and justice.  Workshop participants include regional experts and exemplars of the Just Peacemaking tradition.


Visit the Just Peacemaking website for recommended readings and additional resources. 



Session One: Global Context of Just Peacemaking: Problem of Prioritizing

Friday, June 5, 2:00-3:30 pm

Presenter: Susan Hayward – (Interim Director, Religion and Peacebuilding Center at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC)


Session Two: Just Peacemaking and Africa

Friday, June 5, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Presenter, shared with Politics Track: Andre Vltchek (writer and film maker on Africa and Asia)


Session Three: Tradition of Just Peacemaking

Saturday, June 6, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Workshop Facilitator: David P. Gushee – (Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics

Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, Georgia)

Respondent: Bob Roberts – c/o (Founder and Senior Pastor of NorthWood Church, Keller, Texas, and founder of, an organization devoted to peace and reconciliation globally and locally)


Session Four: Just Peacemaking and Korea

Saturday, June 6, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Workshop Facilitator: Hak Joon Lee – (Professor of Theology and Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, California)

Respondent: Kil Sang Yoon (Korea) – (Director of the Korea Project, Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology, California)


Session Five: Just Peacemaking in Palestine/Israel

Saturday, June 6, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Workshop Facilitator: Warren Clark – (Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace of Washington, DC, and former U.S. Ambassador)

Respondent: Samir Mansour – ( (Palestine)


Session Six: Just Peacemaking and Iran

Sunday, June 7, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Workshop Facilitator: Cyrus Bina– (Professor and Distinguished Research Professor in Economics at the University of Minnesota Morris)

Eleanor Ommani – (Retired NYC educator, peace and justice activist with American Iranian Friendship Committee)


Session Seven: The Threat of Nuclear War and Prospects for Peace

Sunday, June 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Workshop Facilitator: Lonnie Valentine – (, Trueblood Chair of Christian Thought and Professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Earlham College, Indiana)

Respondent: Robert Regnier – (Professor of Education at University of Saskatchewan, Canada)


Session Eight: Just Peacemaking and Ecological Civilization

Sunday, June 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Workshop Facilitator: Jacob Cook – (Associate Director of the Just Peacemaking Initiative, Fuller Seminary, California)

Respondent: Jay McDaniel– (Willis Holmes Professor of Religious Studies at Hendrix College, Arkansas)

Respondent: Paul Bube – (W. Lewis McColgan Professor of Religion at Lyon College, Arkansas)


Bios on Participants:

Lonnie Valentine was a peace activist in California before turning towards the teaching life. He was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, working in a maximum security mental hospital as his alternate service, engaged in war tax resistance for ten years including suing the US government, and argued with the NRC against the building of the Diablo Nuclear power station in central California. His Emory University PhD dissertation was “Love Seeking Justice: A Process Theology of Nonviolent Resistance.” He has taught at the School of Religion at Earlham College for 25 years.

David Gushee: Dr. David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. Widely regarded as one of the leading moral voices in American Christianity, he is the author or editor of 20 books and hundreds of articles in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, and, most recently, Changing Our Mind. Dr. Gushee has always accompanied his scholarly production with church work (First Baptist Church, Decatur), activism (human rights, creation care, LGBT acceptance), opinion writing (Washington Post, Huffington Post, Baptist News Global), board service (Public Religion Research, Sojourners), and domestic and global media consultation. He has lectured on every continent, with endowed lectures scheduled in New Zealand and Holland in 2015. Dr. Gushee has been married to Jeanie for 30 years. They are the parents of two daughters and a son, and will very soon be grandparents of a beautiful baby boy. They reside in Atlanta.

Dr. Bob Roberts, Jr. is the founding and Senior Pastor of NorthWood Church near Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. NorthWood’s congregation of active participants now averages in excess of 2000. NorthWood has started over 189 churches in the US and is a center for training new pastors.

He is a leading practitioner and writer on glocal transformation of individuals, religious communities, non-governmental organizations, cities and global engagement. He has worked extensively in Vietnam, Afghanistan, West Bank and Gaza, Indonesia, Syria, Belize and other countries.

He is the author of several books including Transformation; Glocalization; The Multiplying Church; Real Time Connection: Linking Your Job with God’s Global Work, and the recently released Bold as Love – What can happen when we see people the way God does. He has penned articles for both faith based and secular international relations journals and periodicals. He is a featured speaker at universities, leading American and International Christian conferences, and secular conferences on development and engagement.

Roberts’ experience has resulted in his being called upon by a global audience, including the United Nations and various State Departments around the world to assist with humanitarian and reconciliation projects. He works with various religions and religious leaders for greater understanding and to participate and assist with engagement projects.

Bob is a graduate of Baylor University (BA), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div), and Fuller Seminary (D.Min). Bob is married to Niki, his wife of 30+ years, and they have two children, Ben and Jill.