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Gerald W. Schlabach is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, and Director of Justice and Peace Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in Theological Studies from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. During much of the 1980s Professor Schlabach worked with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Nicaragua and Honduras on church-related peace and justice assignments. Upon returning to the U.S. he wrote two books based partly on these experiences -- And Who Is My Neighbor?: Poverty, Privilege and the Gospel of Christ (Herald Press, 1990) and To Bless All Peoples: Serving with Abraham and Jesus (Herald Press, 1991). Together with Philip McManus he also edited Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America (New Society Publishers, 1991), and contributed two chapters to that volume.
While Professor Schlabach’s interests continue to range widely in issues of peacemaking, social justice, globalization, and the integrity of traditional communities, a unifying theme in his work is his concern to link Christian social ethics with ecclesiology and missiology. Recently, together with Duane Friesen, he co-edited At Peace and Unafraid: Public Order, Security, and the Wisdom of the Cross (Herald Press, 2006). He is lead author and editor of Just Policing, Not War: An Alternative Response to World Violence (Liturgical Press, 2007).
Nurtured in the Mennonite tradition, Professor Schlabach was received into the Roman Catholic Church at Pentecost 2004. For a number of years he has served as executive director of Bridgefolk, a grassroots organization bringing together Mennonites and Roman Catholics who come together to celebrate each other's traditions, explore each other's practices, and honor each other's contribution to the mission of Christ's Church. While exploring better ways to embody a commitment to both traditions, Bridgefolk seeks to make Anabaptist-Mennonite practices of discipleship, peaceableness, and lay participation more accessible to Roman Catholics, and to bring the spiritual, liturgical, and sacramental practices of the Catholic tradition to Anabaptists. Schlabach has also moderated the Mennonite-Catholic Theological Colloquium, and is a member at large on the Peace Committee of Mennonite Central Committee.
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Central America generally, especially Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala.
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Director of Justice and Peace Studies, Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas (MN)
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Just came across your posting on Justice and Peace Studies – Clinical Faculty/Leadership Coordinator. I am considering applying. I do not have much credentials as you do, but people of your kind inspire me a lot. Hope one day will get there.
Hi Gerald, glad to know that you are a global peace builder. I ama human Right activist a catholic Priest from India. I want to take up some basic ocurse on peace and justice building from St. Thomas University. how can I go ahead. I work for the catholic families of in dia who are poor and who needs my help. So if I am given an oppurtuinity I can help many poor people to live peacefully.
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