Bread & Belonging
Bread & Belonging, a weekly student gathering for dinner and conversation, meets every Tuesday, 5:30-7:00, usually in The CIRCLE Common Room on the 3rd floor of The Old Union Building, September through May. This quarter, we are discussing questions related to Progressive Christianity; what is it and why should we care? Join us as we discuss questions like the difference between the theology of Jesus and the theology of Paul. What is the connection between faith and science? Come explore these and other questions with us.
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
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 focuses on El Salvador with an interdisciplinary format studying the political, historical, economical and religious history of the country. Then over spring break, we take the entire class to El Salvador so the students can integrate their learning. This is the fifth year that we have offered this class. You can follow our journey while we are in El Salvador by connecting with our Stanford In El Salvador blog.