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

2017 Fall P 249-W Peace of the City weekend intensive
2018 Spring P 380 Bonhoeffer, War, and Peace residential
2018  Spring P 365-W Feminist Theological Perspectives on Conflict weekend intensive
2018 Spring PJ 101-O Introduction to Peace and Justice online
2018 August PJ 224-T Faith and Moral Development two-week intensive
2018 Fall P 204-B Gospel of Peace blended
2018 Fall P 210-O Conflict Transformation online
2018 Fall PJ 330 Bible, Violence and Non-Violence residential
2019 January PJ 360-T Interfaith Dialog two-week intensive
2019 January P 228-T Religion as a Source of Terror and Transformation two-week intensive
2019 Spring P 249-W Peace of the City and Public Theology weekend intensive
2019 Spring PJ 366 Liberation Theologies residential
2019 May P 235-T Restorative Justice two-week intensive

See complete course listings at Student Academic Services web site.