Origins of the Justice & Peace Program
Since its first planning meetings were held in 1988, the Justice & Peace Program has stood as the flagship exemplar of Iliff’s commitment to transformative education that integrates cutting-edge theory and dedicated praxis. The Program initially emerged from the work of Dr. Vincent G. Harding, Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Transformation, who recognized a significant gap in the typical offerings of mainline seminary and graduate theological institutions. Illustrating this gap, the mid 1990’s Report on the Justice and Peace Program at the Iliff School of Theology stated:
Dr. Harding’s initial vision for a justice and peace concentration was part of the agenda of many scholars of color. This vision included a curriculum which took seriously the way people of color struggle for justice as well as the justice struggles of women and other marginalized communities. In this vision, those struggle for justice were to be connected with scholarly voices doing research and teaching in peace studies.
Over the past twenty-four years, the Iliff School of Theology Justice & Peace Program has evolved to offer a range of praxis courses and community activities related to topics as diverse as restorative justice, nuclear disarmament, community organizing, and GLBTQ equality. These offerings have attracted the participation of a wide array of recognized scholar-activists hailing from across the country and globe. Under the current direction of Dr. Edward P. Antonio, a three-fold emphasis upon eating and food, environment, and globalism has been developing with significant community interest.
In order to preserve the legacy and wealth of written knowledge that has been produced by Justice & Peace Program participants over its history, a digital archives of documents has been created. The archives contains a partial collection of praxis course descriptions and syllabi, information on past instructors and events, Program newsletters, and news reports.
Continually updated, the archives can be accessed free of charge by students and researchers through the Ira J. Taylor Library website.