From the 1st Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival (GMP) at Conrad Grebel University College (Waterloo, 2016), we have learned how valuable it is to meet as Mennonites/Anabaptists, to share and exchange: (1) our experiences, capacities and struggles with peacebuilding; (2) our challenges in developing peace-theologies and -ethics; (3) our peace practices, learning about various understandings of “just peace” in different contexts and cultures; and (4) peace art expressions.

As we plan for the 2nd Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference (2ndGMP) in the Netherlands, 27-30 June 2019, we seek to strengthen those emerging relations and peace networks, in collaboration with the Peace Commission of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC). Again, we strive to create spaces at this upcoming event to share and exchange, think together and inspire each other.

We invite proposals that address specific aspects of building peace with justice from the perspective of the rich and diverse Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition or which locate themselves in this tradition of a peace church. Possible topics and themes might include:
– peacebuilding initiatives;
– conflict resolution/transformation and reconciliation;
– women’s rights and gender justice;
– trauma and trauma coping (healing);
– accompaniment of vulnerable communities;
– indigenous and First Nations rights
– racism and xenophobia;
– migration, refugees and belonging;
– conscientious objection and militarism;
– restorative justice;
– active nonviolence;
– the arts and peacebuilding;
– ecumenical and interreligious dialogue;
– peace education and peace research;
– peace theology and ethics
– biblical studies on peace and peacebuilding
– domestic and sexual violence;
– historical case studies;
– identity-based conflict;
– political engagement

This list should not be seen as an exhaustive exercise, but more as a general reference to possible themes emerging within the growing network of peacebuilding from Mennonite perspective. Please note: Not exclusively the “success-stories”, but also struggles, obstacles, even failures on the way of Just Peace are welcome to be shared at 2ndGMP. The different contexts and political realities in which we try to identify expressions of our common calling as historic peace churches ask for mutual discernment and sharing of gifts.

This call invites submissions for the following:
1. Individual contributions within thematic panels: 15-minute presentations on topics relevant to the conference, which will be woven into thematic sessions by the organizers. Each session will consist of max. three different presentations, allowing at least half of the time of the workshop for interaction and network building.

2. Workshops: Interactive (!) sessions of 1.5 hours that emphasize networking, brainstorming, or conversation on a topic relevant to the conference. If you wish to propose a whole workshop, it is expected that the proposed workshop includes contributors/moderators from at least two different continents (proposal needs to be handed in by at least two persons).

3. Artistic contributions: Proposals for the presentation of the visual, literary, and performing arts. This may include temporary art installations, musical performances, readings, and creative collaborations. Both individual and group/ensemble proposals are welcome.

– Academics, artists, practitioners, church workers, students, activists, etc.

– Please submit your proposal by email in PDF or Word to:
– Your submission should include:
o A brief description of the proposal (500 words).
o For artistic, literary, and musical proposals, feel free to include relevant photographs of art work samples, writing samples, or mp3 recordings as appropriate.
o A CV of the presenter/s (max. one page)

Applications will be received starting 15 October, ending 31 December 2018. Final confirmation on the selected proposals will be available from 1 February 2019 on. 

– Funding: Some funding support may be available for presenters of proposals. Individuals whose proposals are included in the program are encouraged to seek support from their church, community, or institutional constituencies. Information about financial support will be forthcoming.
– Language: The primary language of the conference and festival will be English. Some translation/interpretation will be available.
– Logistics: The Conference and Festival will take place in the Hotel and Conference Center “Mennorode”, Elspeet, The Netherlands (approximately one hour away from Amsterdam by Car).

Information regarding travel, accommodation, and registration will be provided on the conference website.

Organizing Committee:
Andres Pacheco-Lozano (Coordinator), Fernando Enns, Vera Kok, Alex Noord, Daan Savert, Nina Schroeder, Daniel Serrano-Bernal, Henk Stenvers, Jan Willem Stenvers, Fulco van Hulst.

Advisory Group:
An advisory group is composed at this moment, representing different regions and existing networks from different parts of the world.

Questions can be directed to:
– Program/content: Andres Pacheco-Lozano
– Artistic contributions: Nina Schroeder
– Logistics: Vera Kok 
– Finances: Henk Stenvers

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