The Center for Peace and Justice

Since 1891, George Fox University has been educating Christian leaders for effective service in improving the spiritual and material conditions of human life. The Center for Peace and Justice is one of the significant ways George Fox University carries out its Christ-centered, Quaker mission.

Created in December 1984 as the Center for Peace Learning, the Center for Peace and Justice helps people understand and manage the many forms of conflict. The center's goal is to nurture agents of hope, people who embody in their citizenship, careers, and daily lives God's promised gifts of peace and reconciliation.

The Center for Peace and Justice extends the Quaker heritage and the Christian higher educational work of George Fox University by collecting information, teaching, and providing resources and experiences in peacemaking and conflict management at all levels of human interaction, from interpersonal to international.

2019-2020 Steinfeldt Scholars 

Cara Vincent

Cara Vincent 

Senior - Politics Major

In the spring semester of my first year at George Fox, I took a religion class focused on the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  It was the first time I had truly been exposed to a theology of peace, and an unexplainable transformation occurred within me as I learned about people who, in the face of what is considered to be one of the most horrific occurrences in history, stayed incredibly committed to peaceful action because of their faith.  That class left me in awe and my view of Christianity, the world, and the duty of Christians in the world went through incredible growth in that class.  It developed my belief that as a follower of Christ, I am called to pursue peace.

This eye-opening experience in my education along with other encounters has left me with a desire to learn more about peace and peacemaking, specifically through supporting and rehabilitating those at risk in communities.  I come from a poverty-stricken rural community in Oregon, and the brief glimpses of suffering I have seen in my community inspire me to offer hope to those in poverty, abusive, situations, broken homes, and those in a broken justice system.  I hope to do this through learning more about dispute and conflict resolution and extending to them security and resources to help them build peaceful lives.  I would like to earn a Peace Studies minor during my time here at Fox and then continue my studies after graduation through pursuing a masters in Dispute Resolution or law degree.  I hope this education will allow me to be part of a hopeful solution to those most vulnerable in communities.  Grace is one of the foundations of my faith, and I believe that working hard to pursue justice and advocate for those most vulnerable with a loving, gracious, and passionate heart can bring hope and peace to broken communities such as my hometown.

Abby CampbellAbby Campbell

Abby Campbell

Senior - Interdisciplinary Studies Major

It all started my freshman year at Fox when it was concluded within my first week that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.  Jesus immediately jumped into my empty plans and began to build a purpose within me that I could have never predicted.  I am Abby Campbell, a California girl and a current senior at Fox.  Though my major has changed a million times, God’s plan for me has always remained the same.  I envision a world where sex-trafficking has been eradicated, and I will do whatever it takes to make that become a reality in this world I live in.  With this, it is by God’s grace I take on every opportunity I have to create awareness of this modern-day slavery, and once I graduate, I will dedicate the next stage of my life as a case manager helping trafficked victims walk the path of restoration. 

 

Juan DeHowitt

Megan Cecil

Junior - Sociology and International Studies, double major

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, I grew up in a space of both cultural diversity and misunderstanding.  It was not uncommon to hear conversations about immigration dominating the dialogue.  I found that the words exchanged in these settings often lacked not only empathy but correct information as well.  Individuals were willing to share their opinions about the current events happening around us, but they were unexposed to the people behind the statistics and stories they recounted.  From these early experiences, I developed a passion to act as a bridge between diverse populations in order to create environments that facilitate opportunities for individuals to listen to others and, at the same time, feel as if their own stories are heard.

To date, I have had the tremendous opportunity and blessing to work with diverse communities throughout the world.  Lepers and prostitutes in Hyderabad, India, undocumented immigrant families in Arizona, and the Syrian refugees I am currently working alongside during my time abroad in Amman, Jordan all share a similar need: peace.  While the context and cultural aspects of these populations vary widely, as humans who bare the image of Christ, these individuals are united in a desire for peace and justice.  Overwhelmingly, I have found that allowing another to share their experiences and listening with the intent to understand, rather than reply, communicates love in a profound way. I believe this initial step is foundational to initiating change of any kind.  By exposing individuals to the stories of people different from themselves, I hope to more deeply understand how empathy can be cultivated as well as begin controversial conversations that educate, encourage, and ultimately foster change in the way we understand and support “the other.”