"Strategic Peacebuilding: An Overview"
This chapter provides an overview of what the authors call, “strategic peacebuilding.” Starting with a vision of “justpeace,” strategic peacebuilding goes beyond the conventional focus on state actors and military, political and economic factors. It also considers a wider set of actors, such as religious and civil society groups, and factors, such as culture, at all levels and the relationships among them.
This chapter is written as an introduction to Catholic peacebuilding for college students. Using contemporary examples from Iraq, South Sudan, northern Uganda, Colombia, and the Philippines, it examines the the Church’s peacebuilding assets: (1) ritual, spirituality, theology, and ethics; (2) people power; and (3) institutional presence amidst all aspects of a conflict. It concludes with a reflection on the special responsibility of American Catholics to embrace a vocation of peacebuilding.
"Peacebuilding and Catholicism: Affinities, Convergences, Possibilities"
This chapter provides a brief introduction to the wide range of actors and activities involved in Catholic peacebuilding. It suggests, first, that a peacebuilding lens makes a difference in how we understand and address problems; and, second, that Catholicism brings a distinctive set of teachings, practices, sensibilities, and institutional resources to its peacebuilding work with other religious and secular actors.
"Catholic Relief Services: Catholic Peacebuilding in Practice"
This chapter describes how CRS “is among a unique subset of agencies that has deliberately approached peacebuilding from a Catholic perspective, employing concepts from Catholic social teaching such as integral human development, human rights, and reconciliation.
"CRS Peacebuilding Overview"
Tom Bamat, Technical Advisor at CRS, spends 20 minutes discussing the agency’s work at the grassroots level in conflict-affected areas to prevent violence, mitigate its effects, and reintegrate impacted populations. He describes the scope of CRS’s stand alone and integrative work - focused on youth, gender, civic engagement, interfaith and extractives, as well as human rights and trafficking. He cites programs in Arroya, Peru and Darfur, Sudan.
“Compassionate Presence: Faith-based Peacebuilding in the Face of Violence”
John Paul Lederach, “Compassionate Presence: Faith-based Peacebuilding in the Face of Violence,” Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego, February 16, 2012.
“The Future of Catholic Peacebuilding”
“The Future of Catholic Peacebuilding,” including interviews with Scott Appleby , Fr. Emmanuel Ntakarutimana, and Jerry Powers for a conference of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. published on YouTube, less than 4 minutes.
"Panel on Catholic Peacebuilding"
Panel on Catholic peacebuilding, featuring, among others, Maryann Cusimano Love, The Catholic University of America; Fr. Ferdinand Muhigirwe, the Democratic Reublic of the Congo; and Peter Phan, Georgetown University.
“Synthesis: Gleanings on Process-Structures — Currents, Gravity, Streams and Leverage”
In “Synthesis: Gleanings on Process-Structures — Currents, Gravity, Streams and Leverage,” editors Mark M. Rogers, Tom Bamat, and Julie Ideh reflect on the notion of ‘process structures’ (first articulated by John Paul Lederach). They articulate 6 key components that impact the creation and support of effective process-structures. They articulate 6 key components that impact the creation and support of effective process-structures.
Ten Principles of Peacebuilding
This one-page summary published by Catholic Relief Services provides ten principles of peacebuilding.
Catholic Social Teaching and Peace: Nonviolence, Justice, and Reconciliation
In Catholic Social Teaching and Peace: Nonviolence, Justice and Reconciliation, David Hollenbach, SJ explains that “Catholic thinking on issues of peace is quite complex and developing.” This keynote address explores the ethical and theological ideas about the pursuit of justice and nonviolence, the just (and unjust) war theory, and ‘The Responsibility to Protect’ doctrine and follows by relating to various situations in Africa. Time: 51:14 minutes. Delivery Date: November 7, 2017. Published: December 18, 2017 by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University.