Theology and Peace was formed in 2007 with the goal of developing an annual theological conference grounded in the thought of Rene Girard. Known as mimetic anthropology or mimetic theory, Girard's work enables a revolutionary understanding of human violence and argues the critical role of the bible in distilling this understanding in contemporary culture. A focused and sustained theological discussion out of Girard's thought seemed long overdue.
Dr. Julia Robinson, newly elected Theology and Peace board member, was a keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Theology and Peace Conference held in June 2013 at UNC Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Her presentation "Christ in American Lynchings: Dismantling Theological Distortions of Christianity through Mimetic Theory" helped participants grapple with the difficult issues addressed in-depth by this year's conference theme, "Lynching, Scapegoating and Actual Innocence."
THEOLOGY & PEACE CONFERENCE PRESENTERS
have included leaders in Girardian studies and issues central to nonviolence and the "emerging" church, including:
James Alison, Vince Bantu, Dr. Tony Bartlett, Richard Beck, Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Adam Erickson, Lisa Hadler, Michael Hardin, Elder C.W. Harris, Betsy Hansbrough,
Chris Haw, Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Andrew Marr OSB,
Mary McKinney, Brian McLaren, the Rev. Paul Nuechterlain, John Phelan, Dr. Julia Robinson, Suzanne Ross,
Stephanie Perdew Van Slyke, James Warren
It is spiritually invigorating to be part of an organization that seeks to change the theological landscape of American Christianity.
Adam Erickson, 2010 conference evaluation
An emerging movement seeking the transformation of theological practice through the application of mimetic theory.
SAVE THE DATES: June 10-12, 2014
Theology & Peace 7th Annual Conference
'BARRIERS TO COMPASSION"
UNC Chapel Hill, NC
Theology & Peace names new
Interim Contributing Theologian:
REV. PAUL NUECHTERLEIN