The heart of Theology & Peace is the annual conference, which creates a meeting place for committed Christians, theologians, pastors, scholars, activists, authors, and others concerned with the creation of an effective theology in response to the violence of our society, our culture, and ourselves. In particular, the organization is dedicated to the application of Rene Girard's groundbreaking work in mimetic theory revealing the root of violence. Friendships have been developed and nurtured as a strong community continues to study, worship and pray together. In the sections devoted to past conferences you will find some of the presentations and ideas Theology & Peace addresses, including:

May 2015/Techny Towers Retreat Center/Chicago
"Compassionate Economics: Can It Go Viral?"

June 2014/UNC Chapel Hill, NC:
"Barriers to Compassion"

June 2013/UNC Chapel Hill, NC:
"Lynching, Scapegoating & Actual Innocence"

June 2012/Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore:
"Christian Community Amid Cultural Chaos"

June 2011/Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore:
"Transforming Christianity"

June 2010/North Park University, Chicago
"The Road To Humanity"

June 2009/Techny Towers Retreat Center/Chicago
"Girardian Discussions"

May 2008/Bon Secours, Maryland
"Nonviolence, Forgiveness and Peace"

May 2007/Lancaster, Pennsylvania
THEOLOGY & PEACE CONFERENCE PRESENTERS have included leaders in Girardian studies, mimetic theory, and issues central to nonviolence and the "emerging" church, including:

James Alison, Vince Bantu, Tony Bartlett, Richard Beck, Kelly Brown Douglas, Adam Erickson, Lisa Hadler, Michael Hardin, C.W. Harris, Betsy Hansbrough, Chris Haw, Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Ann Cale Kruger, Andrew Marr OSB, Andrew McKenna, Mary McKinney, Brian McLaren, Paul Nuechterlein, John Phelan, Brian Robinette, Julia Robinson, Suzanne Ross, Angela Sims, Stephanie Perdew Van Slyke, James Warren
Subverting the Matrix of Human Violence
Theology & Peace's 2016 Conference May 23-26 at Techny Towers Chicago
Addressing issues of Policing and Militarization.