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George Fox University’s annual Woolman Peacemaking Forum welcomes Duke Divinity School’s Emmanuel Katongole as special guest

George Fox will host Emmanuel Katongole and Micah Bournes for its annual peacemaking forum.

George Fox will host Emmanuel Katongole and Micah Bournes for its annual peacemaking forum.

George Fox University welcomes Emmanuel Katongole, associate professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke Divinity School and co-director of the Duke Center for Reconciliation, for the university’s 26th annual John Woolman Peacemaking Forum, scheduled the week of April 10 on the university’s Newberg, Ore., campus.

The public is invited to attend all events free of charge. The theme of the week is “Reconciling All Things.”

Katongole will speak on “Justice and Peace: Hopes that are the Wrong Size for this World” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in Room 105 of the university’s Hoover Academic Building. Joining Katongole will be Micah Bournes, one of the scriptwriters for “The Voice of Justice,” a short film that personifies justice and injustice.

Katongole also will speak in chapel in Bauman Auditorium that morning at 10:40 a.m. The topic of his presentation will be “From Mulabe to Newberg: Lessons Along the Way.”

Katongole was born in the village of Malube, Uganda, and was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest by the Kampala Archdiocese. He has served in parishes in Africa, Belgium, and the U.S., and joined Duke Divinity School in 2001. He is the co-founder of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School, which inspires, forms and supports leaders, communities and congregations to live as ambassadors of reconciliation.

Katongole’s teaching and research interests include issues related to theology and violence, especially in Africa. He is the author of several books, including “A Future for Africa,” “Reconciling All Things,” “Mirror to the Church,” and most recently, “The Sacrifice of Africa.”

Bournes was raised in Long Beach, Calif., and received his bachelor’s degree in electronic media communications from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He started writing and performing music and poetry during college, and unites his rhythmic roots and theological training to create a unique brand of creative truth-telling.

Another scheduled event during the week is the Peace and Justice Symposium, on Thursday, April 14, in the Quaker Heritage Room on the second floor of the Murdock Learning Resource Center. Refreshments will be served at 7:15 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m. with presenters Colin Saxton, superintendent of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, and Laura Goble, director of the Moreau Center for Service and Leadership.

The Peace and Justice Symposium is a time for the community to hear about how peace and justice are a part of the lives of George Fox faculty, staff, and administration. It also allows the presenters to share stories and experiences that would not be heard in a normal classroom setting.

Other events scheduled during the week include a multi-media presentation on Monday, April 10, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Hoover Room 105. The presentation, called “1.4 Billion Reasons” and developed as a part of the Global Poverty Project, encourages citizens to be part of the global movement to end extreme poverty.

Also, on Tuesday, April 11, “Hibakusha, Our Life to Live” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the Lemmons Center’s Room 8. Produced by award-winning producer David Rothauser, the documentary tells the stories of Japanese, Korean and American survivors of the 1945 atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

For more information on any of the events, contact Melanie Newell at 503-554-2686 or visit peaceandjustice.georgefox.edu.

The Woolman Peacemaking Forum was established in 1986 as a way of articulating peacemaking issues to the George Fox University community. Its purpose is threefold: to provide a forum for people involved in peacemaking to offer insights and challenges, to inspire and equip in order to invest our energies in the pursuit of peace, and to enrich the ongoing work of the Center for Peace and Justice.

The forum was named for John Woolman, an American Quaker living in the 1700s, who called attention to the evils of slavery and challenged fellow Quakers to abandon the practice. Previous speakers for the Woolman Peacemaking Forum include John Perkins, Tony Campolo, and Mark Hatfield.

The Center for Peace and Justice has been in existence since 1985. Its purpose is to carry out its mission of preparing students to mirror the example of Christ in human relationships. The CPJ focuses on educating and implementing core scriptural principles of loving God and neighbor.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Contact:
Melanie Newell
Center for Peace and Justice
503-554-2686

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