A native of Brazil, Enns received his theological education in German and the United States. He currently holds positions as director of the Institute for Peace Church Theology, University of Hamburg, and professor of theology and ethics at the Free University of Amsterdam and has lectured on theology, peace, and ethics in numerous countries around the world.
Peace and ecumenical theology have been key interests of Enns, who is the only Mennonite serving on the board of the World Council of Churches. He was a prime mover for the Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2011) initiative of the World Council of Churches and is a primary visionary for Just Peace, the WCC ecumenical effort to shift the global paradigm from Just War to Just Peace. Among his books are The Peace Church and the Ecumenical Community: Ecclesiology and the Ethics of Nonviolence (2008) and Seeking Cultures of Peace: A Peace Church Conversation (co-editor, 2004).
Dr. Enns Peace Lecture: Seattle JUST PEACE 2012-10
Other Resources featuring Dr. Enns:
- “Overcoming Violence is a Common Task for Us” : a short (< 2 minute) YouTube video featuring Rev. Dr. Fernando Enns.
- The International Ecumentical Peace Convocation: Towards an Ecumenical Theology of Just Peace? by Dr. Fernando Enns.
- “Ephesians: A Vision of the Church and a Challenge for Historic Peace Churches”: by Dr. Fernando Enns, Mission Focus: Annual Review, published by Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, 2003.
- Overcoming Violence: The Ecumenical Decade 2001-2012: Final report on the completion of the Decade to Overcome Violence, WCC, 2011.
More about the Historic Peace Church role in Decade to Overcome Violence
- “Historic Peace Churches offer a unique voice for nonviolence”: Feb 19, 2006 article from the WCC 9th Assembly in Brazil about the voice of HPC in the World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence.
- “Historic Peace Church Activities during the Decade to Overcome Violence”: Seminar giving during the MCC USA Convention 2011 in Pittsburgh, PA.