M.Div./M.Min. – Peace & Justice Emphasis

Quakers are strongly identified with issues of peace and social justice. Friends testimonies in these areas have led individuals and nations toward equality and harmony, while at the same time serving as a counterweight to the ideas of prevailing cultures.


ESR seeks to awaken students' awareness of issues of peace and social justice in daily life – in homes, local communities and the world. Through theological education, we nurture concerns for these issues and help students discern how best to use their gifts as witness against oppression, and lead others on a path toward peace.

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The peace and justice emphasis equips students with an understanding of Quaker peace witness, conflict resolution and interfaith dialogue. Emphasis courses include Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies; the Bible and Violence and Nonviolence; Liberation Theologies; Process Theology, Conflict Resolution; History of Friends’ Peace Witness; and a Spirituality of Peacemaking. ESR students are encouraged to supplement course work with active involvement in their peace and justice concerns, outside their class work.

Recent and Upcoming Peace and Justice Courses

2016 Spring PJ 101-O Introduction to Peace and Justice online
2016 May TS 290-T Borderlinks Trip two-week intensive
2016  Fall PJ 351 History of Friends Peace Witness residential
2016 Fall PJ 370 Spirituality of Peacemaking residential
2017 January PJ 360-T Interfaith Dialog two-week intensive
2017 Spring PJ 366 Liberation Theologies residential
2017 Fall P 249-W Peace of the City weekend intensive
2017 Fall P 210-O Conflict Transformation online

See complete course listings at Student Academic Services web site.


Recent and Upcoming Peace and Justice Conferences and Events

Studets, prospective students and those interested in peace and justice issues should plan to attend the War Tax Resistance Conference, November 7-9, 2015. Contact ESR for details.

ESR Peace Forum

ESR Peace Forum is a weekly lunch and speaker series that offers diverse perspectives on peace and justice topics. Past forums are available for online viewing.