Annual Peace Lecture

Kakar at SMC
Palwasha Kakar, 2016 lecturer

Seattle Mennonite Church hosts an annual peace lectureship to educate and engage some aspect of our Just Peace framework. Inspired by the World Council of Churches document, “An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace,” this framework identifies 4 aspects of Just Peace work:

  • Just Peace in the Community
  • Just Peace in the Marketplace
  • Just Peace with the Earth
  • Just Peace among the Peoples

Our speakers bring an Anabaptist Mennonite perspective to help inform and educate. We welcome everyone to join with us.


Past Peace Lectures

2018: Waziyatawin, Wahpetunwan Dakota from the Pezihutaszizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota, and John Stoesz, activist for Indigenous justice and former Executive Director of Mennonite Central Committee – Central States, and chair of the Native Land Return Committee. Listen to the morning sessions here. A “Racial Justice & Reparations” small group from SMC collected resources to share with the congregation in preparation for this lecture. Find those resources here.

2017: Ched Meyers and Elaine Enns, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.

2016: Palwasha Kakar, Senior Program Officer for Religion and Inclusive Societies at the U.S. Institute of Peace – See additional information and audio of morning presentation

2015: Daryl Byler, Executive Director of the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, and longtime worker with Mennonite Central Committee – Israel/Palestine Conversations

2014: Nekeisha Alexis-Baker, founder of, activist, organizer, and thinker – “None Shall Hurt or Destroy: Why other animals matter for Christian Peacemaking”

2012: Dr. Fernando Enns, professor of theology, ethics, peace, and ecumenism – Just Peace and the World Council of Churches

2011: Kathy Kern, Christian Peacemaker Teams

2010: John Paul Lederach, professor of international peacebuilding at Notre Dame, founder of the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, author of more than 20 books, including The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace.

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