The purpose of the Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival was to explore traditions and contemporary expressions of Anabaptist/Mennonite peace beliefs and practices; to bring together academics and practitioners to learn from each other, to give expression to peacebuilding ideals through the arts, and to assess and re-envision Mennonite peacebuilding practise.
On June 9-12, 2016, 203 people visited Grebel from 20 countries: Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Iraq, Philippines, Laos, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, DR Congo, South Africa, Honduras, Colombia, United States, Canada. There were 30 concurrent sessions, 3 plenary speakers, 2 banquet speakers, 7 storytellers, 6 listeners, 7 installations of art, photography, and sound, 1 concert, 1 play, 3 worship sessions, and 2 drum circles. Many thanks to 23 sponsors and financial supporters.
June 9-12, 2016 at Conrad Grebel University College.
Welcome to the Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival! Anabaptist-Mennonites are known across the globe for their historic peace positions and, more recently, for proactive conflict transformation and peacebuilding activity. We look forward to dialogue and reflection on Mennonite peacebuilding accomplishments, failures, challenges, and opportunities in varied international settings, past and present. We are thrilled to be hosting this dynamic gathering at Conrad Grebel University College and are looking forward to learning more about Mennonite peacebuilding together.
~Marlene Epp & Reina Neufeldt, Co-Chairs
Mary Lou Klassen, Coordinator
This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.