Audience engaged at eventWith the generous support of our donors, the Center for Peacemaking hosts events throughout the year that promote awareness of and activism in peacemaking efforts in Milwaukee and globally. We hope to see you at an upcoming event.

Student Fellowship Presentations

September 30, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. | OIE Program Center (Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor)

Three of the summer '14 fellows (Mary Klauer, Emily Landes, and Gillian Hallissey) will present on their projects.

  • Mary worked with several restorative justice programs in Milwaukee, WI and Dubuque, IA.
  • Emily led music therapy sessions with children recovering from trauma in El Salvador.
  • Gillian worked with a human trafficking prevention and awareness organization in Williston, ND.

Information on summer '15 fellowships will be available at the presentation.

This event is free and open to the public.

Jesus Christ, Peacemaker Presentation and Book Signing

October 7, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. | OIE Program Center (Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor)

Dr. Terrence Rynne will present on his new book Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace and sign copies of the book after the presentation.

From Amazon: This path breaking book shows how the early church took seriously the "hard sayings" of the sermon on the Mount, put them into practice even in the teeth of violent prepression, and, as a result of imitating Jesus' lifestyle, converted the Roman Empire.

From Orbis: A new theology of peace that renders the just war theory near mute by making Jesus and his teachings the cornerstone of both theory and practice.

Dr. Rynne teaches in peace studies at Marquette University, is co-President of the Sally and Terry Rynne Foundation which is dedicated to peacemaking and the empowerment of women, and he is the founder of the Marquette University's Center for Peacemaking.

This event is free and open to the public. Order the book from Orbis | Amazon.

The Life and Legacy of Henry David Thoreau

October 25, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. | Weasler Auditorium

This theatrical performance of dramatic readings will bring to life the works and legacy of Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau was an American poet, philosopher, polymath, abolitionist, naturalist, and transcendentalist who influenced Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is best known for his book Walden and his essay Resistance to Civil Government.

This event is free and open to the public.

A Faith that Does Justice

November 3, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. | Raynor Library Beaumier Suite

Dr. Thomas Kelly of Creighton University will present on Rutilio Grande, S.J., one of the UCA martyrs. The event will explore how Grande's life influenced the future of El Salvador and challenges us to consider what it means to live our faith in service to the poor and vulnerable.

This event is the Center for Peacemaking's inaugural Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture.

Thomas M. Kelly, Ph.D. is a Professor of Systematic Theology at Creighton University and Immersion Coordinator of the Ignatian Colleagues Program. He has lived and taught courses throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

This event is free and open to the public.

Peacemaking and Social Justice Retreat

November 7-10 | Lutherdale Retreat Center

Pursuing a faith that does justice is a hallmark of Jesuit higher education. The peacemaking and social justice retreat is a student-led experience for those already involved in peacemaking and social justice activities as well as those interested in getting involved in these types of efforts.

Designed around the Gospel traditions of peacemaking and nonviolence as well as the emphasis on social justice in Catholic Social Teaching and the biblical prophets, the retreat will explore what these messages mean to us today and what these values look like when put into action.

This is a great opportunity to meet other social justice-oriented students through small- and large-group interactions as well as to reflect on your service, activism, and values during individual reflection. Discussion, prayer, and reflection topics will range from intrapersonal peace to systemic justice.

Dr. Terrence Rynne, acclaimed author of Jesus Christ, Peacemaker and Ghandi and Jesus will address the retreatants, and other activities will incorporate the legacy of the UCA martyrs.

This event is only open to current Marquette undergraduate students.

School of the Americas - Watch (SOAW) Vigil

November 21-23 | Bus trip to Columbus, GA

Join the Center for Peacemaking and SOA Watch-Wisconsin on the weekend trip to the School of the Americas Watch and vigil from November 21-23 in Columbus, GA. The bus will leave Milwaukee in the evening on Thursday, November 20 and return in the early morning on Monday, November 24.

A special subsidized rate is available for Marquette undergraduate students.

Download the application. For more information about the trip, contact Chris Jeske at (414) 288-8444

SOA Watch-Wisconsin is a grass roots organization committed to upholding human rights and advocating for an investigation into atrocities committed by graduates of the School of the Americas, now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.