Spirituality & Shalom:

Living at the Intersection of Faith & Justice


Feb. 8-10, 2013
Bluffton University
hosted by PEACE Club and Peace & Conflict Studies

Explore the role of spirituality in peacebuilding efforts and the role of peacebuilding in our spiritual lives at the annual ICPF seminar. Attendance is open to all.

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Sam Hamilton-Poore

Dr. Sam Hamilton-Poore, author of Earth Gospel and assistant professor of Christian spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary. More info...



  • "Protest and Praise: Writing as Action and Spiritual Practice" by Dr. Jeff Gundy
  • "In Iraq: Breaking Down Barriers of Hostility" by Peggy Gish
  • "How Does Our Theology Affect Our Affinity to Zionism and Modern-day Israel?" by Dr. Randy Keeler
  • "Conflict Free Mennonites: How We Can Help End Congo's Deadly War" by Julia Schmidt
  • "Exploring Peacemaking through Drama" by Dr. Melissa Friesen
  • "Songwriting as Justice-Seeking" by Trevor Bechtel
  • "Moving Toward Radical Inclusion: Understanding White Theology and White Privilege" by Dr. Dean Johnson and Rev. Melissa Bennett
  • "Exploring Peace Through Yoga" by Jennifer Arnold
  • "Spirituality and Social Justice: Challenging Legacies of Sexual and Gender Discrimination through Corporate Prayer" by Alex Sider
  • "Seeing Spirituality and Shalom through the Eyes of the Business World" by Dr. Hamid Rafizadeh
  • "Challenges, Blessings, and Lessons Learned: Stories from an Emergency Homeless Shelter" by Elijah Tracy
  • "Walking the Prayer Labyrinth" by Chalsi Eastman
  • "The Cultural Tides of Peace" by Dr. Jonathan Andreas

Workshops will be scheduled in one-hour blocks on Saturday, Feb. 9.

tentative schedule:


5-7 p.m. - Registration and refreshments
7 p.m. - Welcome
7:15 p.m. - Keynote Session 1 with Dr. Sam Hamilton-Poore
8:30 p.m. - Meet hosts
9 p.m. - Free time


8 a.m. - Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer
9:30 - Workshop Session 1
10:30 a.m. - Coffee break
11 a.m. - Workshop Session 2
Noon - Lunch in downtown Bluffton/Free time
2 p.m. - Keynote Session 2
3:30 p.m. - Snacks
4 p.m. - Workshop Session 3
5:30 p.m. - Dinner at First Mennonite Church
6:30 p.m. - Spirituality and Peacebuilding Panel
8 p.m. - Anabaptist Bestiary Project Concert
9 p.m. - Light the Labyrinth!


9 a.m. - Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - Worship
10:30 a.m. - Applying Spirituality and Shalom in our Lives and Communities
11:45 a.m. - Lunch
1:30 p.m. - Theatre of the Beat presents: Gadfly
3-3:30 p.m. - Communion and Commissioning


Early registration (through Jan. 25): $35
Registration (after Jan. 25): $45
Saturday only: $25
Bluffton University students: $5

Online registration form
Printable registration form


Lodging will be available with Bluffton University students, or a block of 12 rooms have been reserved at the Comfort Inn in Bluffton for your convenience.