2014 Symposium | Sessions


Molly Little | Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations

[Wednesday, September 24 - 11:05 a.m. | Wesley Chapel]

Rev. Celestin Musekura, President and CEO | African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) - "Faith and Justice: Where Peace and Conflict Meet"

Music by Julian Cook

[Friday, September 26 - 11:05 a.m. | Wesley Chapel]

Coffee House: Engaging the Arts

Music for Justice—Foundation of Hope | Julian Cook | Gospel Choir
Art Display | Screen Printing | Peace Plate Painting | Auction

[Thursday, September 25 --- 7 - 9:00 pm | Van Dyk Lounge]


[Friday, September 26- 1:30 & 2:45 pm]

*Note: All workshops sessions will take place during both times.

"Building Bridges: Picking up the Pieces after War"

Celestin Musekura, Ph.D.,  African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM)

One of the causalities of any war – racial, religious, tribal, or political – is relationships.  Friends, neighbors, and colleagues engage in self-destructive behavior to defeat each other. Unfortunately, innocent people often suffer most. Hopes and dreams are dashed away as civilians are forced into refugee camps and in camps of Internally Displaced People (IDPs).  As an agent of hope, forgiveness and reconciliation, the Church and Christians must engage in bridge building.  This inspires hope, not only by bandaging the physical and emotional wounds, but also by engaging in activities that bring hope and healing through peacebuilding, forgiveness, and reconciliation. In the midst of hopelessness and despair, the Church picks up the broken pieces with the hope that “the bones can live again.”  This workshop will highlight how, by embracing the values of peacebuilding, forgiveness, and reconciliation, Christian institutions and individuals can contribute to bridge building by developing a leadership committed to reconciling relationships.

Location: Library 323

"Impact of War/Conflict on Development – Education, Agriculture and Health Sectors"

Sukhdeep Brar, The World Bank

With globalization, it is rare that war and conflict only affect a single country’s economy.  They take a toll on economies around the world.  The World Bank has suggested that after a typical civil war, incomes are around 15 percent lower than they would otherwise have been.  This implies that more people are living in absolute poverty.  Many conflicts not only destroy infrastructure for key economic and livelihood sectors such as agriculture, health, and education, but they have long-term effects that develop when these sectors are affected.  Some of the effects, according to the World Bank and the Human Security Research Group, include: the inability to grow food leading to hunger and food insecurity; the destruction of academic institutions limiting the access to literacy and knowledge; and the destruction of war perpetuating diseases epidemics and poor health.  In this workshop, Brar will provide us with data and more context on the impact of war and conflict on development.

Location: Library 303

"When Rape is a Weapon of War: Research Findings on the Experiences of Gusii and Maasai Women in Southwestern Kenya"

Jackie Ogega, Ph.D., MPANZI

“Women accepted to be spoilt [raped and impacted forever] provided they are given food. And for many of our daughters and sisters who were abducted, they still live in Maasailand.”  ~ Research Participant, Kenya

 This workshop will present empirical data from Ogega’s research findings highlighting that rape, abductions, and gender-based violence were pervasive forms of ethnic warfare between the Gusii and Maasai.  This is reflected in the words of a research participant above. Accounts of systemic rapes and abductions of women and girls symbolized total defeat for entire communities. In addition, rape was used as a weapon to express ethnic superiority of one group against another not only in the physical sense, but also in terms of biological reproduction and kinship systems. For women, rape and abductions often have long-term implications. How do women, who have been impacted by rape and abductions, define themselves and negotiate their multiple gendered forms of belonging to the ‘enemy’s’ ethnicity?  How do they deal with ‘new’ religious identities? This workshop will share empirical research findings on rape as a weapon of war, moving beyond victimhood to explore the role of survivors as agents of peace and transformation.

Location: Chamberlain Center 331

"The War in Our Backyard: Violence in the United States"

Julian Cook '13, Boston University

With so many wars and conflicts around the world, it is very easy to lose focus on the violence that happens every day in the United States.  Like many other global issues, we tend to see the problem from a distance or ‘across the oceans’ until something drastic happens within U.S. borders, and we are reminded that violence is right here in our backyard.  This workshop will aim to illuminate some of the issues that perpetuate conflict, especially in U.S. cities, and how we, as global citizens, might become more sensitized to the problem and build effective and sustainable responses.

Location: Chamberlain Center 221

"The Humanitarian Imperative: Leveraging Emergency Responses through Partnerships"

Luis Noda, Food for the Hungry

In our world today, emergency responses, due to human conflicts, have become more complex. There is an increase of people’s needs which does not always correspond with donor support.  There is heightened competition for fewer resources.  In this context, the need to partner and network based on organizational competitive advantage is key. In the future, partnerships will become even more important as current global trends in disasters and emergencies continue. This workshop will provide information on how we can build authentic global and practical responses, highlighting the importance of local institutions, especially the Church, in addressing the humanitarian imperative.  Case studies will be shared from Food for the Hungry’s experience. 

Location: Chamberlain Center 330

"Surviving War and Conflict: A Story of Hope"

Han and Laylay Moe, Jericho Road Community Health Center

Because war and conflict impact so many areas of life, they require holistic and interdisciplinary responses.  There are many individuals and organizations working to build peace, to avoid war and conflict altogether, and others who work to respond in the aftermath and impact.  Buffalo, N.Y. has increasingly become a primary resettlement city for refugees coming to the United States from countries such as Iraq, Rwanda, Nepal, Burundi, Burma, Somalia.  The Moes will share their life journey—from pain to hope.  They will discuss how their faith has played a key role in finding hope, not just for their family, but now as they reach out to others through their work with Jericho Road Community Health Center (JRCHC) in Buffalo and beyond.

Location: Chamberlain Center 228