The Future of Peacebuilding

Just some encouragement to look at some of the sessions from the November Building Sustainable Peace conference at the Kroc Institute. I was particularly struck by Gearoid Millar and Lisa Schirch’s comments on the state of the discipline, and its preparedness (or not) for the challenges of the decades ahead. As ever, I was alsoContinue reading “The Future of Peacebuilding”

Violence and Vanier

There’s a very good article in the latest edition of Modern Theology by Isaac Samuel Villegas on ‘The Ecclesial Ethics of John Howard Yoder’s Abuse’. In the piece, Villegas makes the case that Yoder’s theological work cannot be separated from his personal conduct. He demonstrates that Yoder’s thinking about ecclesial ethics -particularly ‘binding and loosing’-Continue reading “Violence and Vanier”

Toxic Nonviolence

Over the last few days, I’ve found myself reflecting on the connections between three otherwise disparate figures: John Howard Yoder, Jean Vanier, and Mahatma Gandhi. All three were advocates for nonviolence, and all three -in different ways and to different extents- engaged in behaviour that spanned the spectrum from sexually abusive to (in Gandhi’s case),Continue reading “Toxic Nonviolence”