Bread & Belonging
Bread & Belonging, a weekly student gathering for dinner and conversation, meets every Tuesday, 5:30-7:00, in The CIRCLE Common Room on the 3rd floor of The Old Union Building, throughout Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Join us for a home-cooked vegetarian dinner followed by Bible study, discussion, or worship. All are welcome.
Peace+Justice Studies Initiative
Peace & Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that emphasizes the study of nonviolent and transformative approaches to problems such as injustice and violence. Areas of study include the following. During the 2012-13 academic year, several faculty, students and UCCM Pastor Geoff collaborated to submit a grant proposal to develop several new courses related to peace and justice studies and to identify courses that already exist that support this academic and scholarly inquiry. In May of 2013 this group of faculty and students received a 3-year grant to develop these courses and identify other courses that are already being taught that conform to these guidelines:
- Nonviolence, violence, and civil resistance: theories and meanings of nonviolence and violence; history, principles and methods of dissent, communication, art, organizing, and individual and social change.
- Peacemaking:seeking to prevent, resolve, or transform conflicts — including war, genocide, human rights violations, non-state and state terrorism, and ecological destruction — through nonviolent means.
- Transformative justice: liberation, restoration, reparations, healing, and reconciliation as alternatives to retribution.
- Well-being: creating and sustaining health and quality of life in individuals, groups, societies, and ecosystems.
If you would like to learn more about this initiative, please follow our progress at the Peace+Justice Studies Initiative website.
Issues in Liberation Class (RS188A, Winter quarter)
The Issues in Liberation Class is a class through the Religious Studies department with Professor Tom Sheehan. Pastor Geoff Browning and Dr. Kathleen Coll co-teach the class with Professor Sheehan. The class has an interdisciplinary format studying the political, historical, economical and religious history of El Salvador (20111 – 2014) or Nicaragua (2015 and 2016). The class culminates in a spring-break trip to either El Salvador or Nicaragua, which brings to life many of the concepts learned in class. You can follow our journeys to El Salvador and Nicaragua at our blog sites:
Stanford In El Salvador
Student-produced videos from this year’s trip are here: