Vern Neufeld Redekop has graciously agreed to share his work with us. It could not be more timely!

Vern Neufeld Redekop, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. He is a prior presenter for the Theology & Peace Conference and a long time member of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion. He has written extensively on René Girard and the implications of Mimetic Theory for peace studies, for police reform, for conflict reconciliation and community building. He and his wife, Gloria, have recently published a book, which you may purchase. See the discount code below.

A pdf of Vern’s book From Violence to Blessing: open

  • Chapters 3 and 4 are on Girard.
  • Chapter 8 develops mimetic structures of violence and entrenchment.
  • Chapter 12 includes an account from Rebecca on how she discovers Loving Mimesis and develops mimetic structures of blessing and transcendence.
  • The correct graphic for the chapter on Ethnonationalism.

An occasional paper from 1993, “Scapegoats, the Bible, and Criminal Justice”
Interacting with René Girard” is included. It is there that Vern develops Girard’s concepts of violence of indifferentiation and violence of differentiation and introduce blessing of differentiation and blessing of indifferentiation.

A link to the article on Rebecca Adams by Matthew Taylor in which he challenges Loving Mimesis Girardian scholars to come up with more examples:

Flyer for Awakening: Exploring Spirituality, Emergent Creativity, and Reconciliation is attached: open 
The book that Gloria and I just submitted for publication is the sequel: Transforming: Applying Spirituality, Emergent Creativity, and Reconciliation.

YouTube Lectures of Vern Neufeld Redekop:

Getting people out of their silos to work creatively on shared peacebuilding goals:

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Reserve Your Spot for our Online Summit! Aug 10-14


 This conference is an event fostering LEARNING, EMPOWERMENT, and COMMUNITY…and is now an online summit! Scroll down for details. #ColCon2020

The event is AUGUST 10-14. Mark your calendars and reserve your spots!  TICKETS are available now! 🎟

Spots are limited, so click here to purchase your tickets ASAP.

Highlights include an on-demand screening of the documentary J.E.S.U.S.A. and a concert performance from Raven Award-winner Audrey Assad

Keynote speakers include:

➡️ Award-winning filmmaker, author, and educator, and the director of the documentary J.E.S.U.S.A., Kevin Miller

➡️ Christian author & educator, who teaches at the Tennessee Prison for Women, Charles Bass Correctional Facility, Belmont University, David Dark

➡️ Historian, author, and religious scholar, Julia Robinson Moore

The Conference also includes a series of workshops, Q&As, panels, and supplemental materials to help you take what you discover and learn back to your communities and implement real, lasting change. Your ticket includes lifetime access to the keynote presentations, educational materials, and more!

We look forward to seeing you at the conference! Together we can work toward a nonviolent world. ❤️

Spots are limited, so CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets ASAP.

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Theology & Peace Conference Will Go Online!

A message from Preston Shipp, President of Theology & Peace:

Greetings, Theology & Peace friends! I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and sane in this anxious, troubled time, and are experiencing moments of peace and joy and wonder and wisdom. The Board wanted to offer an update regarding the 2020 Conference in light of the Covid pandemic.

The Theology & Peace Board has forged an exciting partnership with the Raven Foundation, from which we have received so much love and support over the years, and it felt like the right time to bring Theology & Peace more formally in line with the work of Raven. As excited as we were for the first conference to spring forth from this partnership, we have determined that we cannot have an in-person conference this year. As events unfolded, we considered moving the Nashville Conference to August, but so much is still uncertain that we think it best to not consider an in-person conference until 2021.

The current goal of the Raven Foundation and Theology & Peace is to offer an online conference in August of 2020. Our speakers, including Kevin Miller, David Dark, Audrey Assad, and Julia Robinson Moore are committed to being involved. We hope to have an official announcement by June 1.

While we are all disappointed that we will not be gathering in person, as our conversations have evolved, this seems more and more like an unanticipated opportunity to bring the conference to many people who would otherwise not be able to join us. Stay tuned for more information soon about dates and registration. And may we all be instruments of God’s peace in these tumultuous days.

The Collaborators Conference
for the Flourishing of Nonviolent Christianity
is an annual event fostering learning, empowerment, and community.
This conference is presented by The Raven Foundation and Theology & Peace.


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The Collaborators Conference
for the Flourishing of Nonviolent Christianity
is an annual event fostering learning, empowerment, and community.
This conference is presented by The Raven Foundation and Theology & Peace.
AUGUST 10-14, 2020


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In addition, the board is exploring the possibility of offering “parallel workshop sessions” similar to the COV&R  conference.

Like Martin Luther King, Jr., over fifty years ago, we go “to Nashville not to bring inspiration, but to gain inspiration from the great movement that has taken place in this community.”


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Following years of teaching high school English, David Dark received his doctorate in 2011 and now teaches at the Tennessee Prison for Women and Belmont
University where he is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Arts in the College of Theology. His work has appeared in MTV News, Books & Culture, Pitchfork, and the Oxford American. He is the author of:

Visit his website at

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Interview with Michael Battle

Michael Battle, is one of the plenary presenters for our upcoming Theology & Peace Conference, June 17-20, at American Baptist College in Nashville. In this video he gives a preview of the intersection of “Ubuntu” and the work of René Girard concerning both our inescapable interdependence and the scapegoat mechanism. REGISTER NOW!

Currently appointed as Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at General Theological Seminary in New York, the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D. has an undergraduate degree from Duke University, received his master’s of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a master’s of Sacred Theology from Yale University and a PhD in theology and ethics, also from Duke University. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1993. Battle’s clergy experience, in addition to his current church work, includes serving as vicar at St. Titus Episcopal Church in Durham, NC, rector at Church of Our Saviour, in San Gabriel, California; rector at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh, N.C.; and interim rector or associate priest with other churches in North Carolina and in Cape Town, South Africa.

On two occasions he moved into churches located in ethnically changing neighborhoods (to Asian in one and to Hispanic in the other) and helped both to adapt and grow. He also served as provost and canon theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. In 2010, Battle was given one of the highest Anglican Church distinctions as “Six Preacher,” by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. A distinction given to only a few who demonstrate great dedication to the church that goes back to 16th century England and Thomas Cranmer. Battle’s academic experience includes service as interim dean of Students and Community Life at Episcopal Divinity School, dean for academic affairs, vice president and associate professor of theology at Virginia Theology Seminary; as associate professor of spirituality51Uj7gwIcPL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_and black church studies, at Duke University’s Divinity School; and as assistant professor of spiritual and moral theology in the School of Theology at the University of the South. Battle has published nine books, including Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation,  Reconciliation: the Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu and the book for the Episcopal Church’s General Convention, Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me. 

“French Anthropologist René Girard provides renewed self-esteem to Christians by showing how Jesus explodes the sacrificial, violent nature of human community. Jesus explodes the mechanism in human beings that requires another victim. Girard brilliantly articulates how human beings are entirely dependent on the re-establishment of order after cycles of victimary bloodletting.” (Heaven on Earth, 43)

In his PeaceBattle Institute he works on subjects of diversity, spirituality, prayer, race and reconciliation. Almost since its inception, he has served as pastor and spiritual director to hundreds of clergy and laity for CREDO for the Episcopal Church. He has also served as chaplain to Archbishop Tutu, Congressman John Lewis, the House of Bishops and, in 2008, was chaplain to the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops. He is a featured keynote speaker and has led numerous clergy and lay retreats, including the bishops’ retreat of the Province of the West Indies. In addition, Battle has served as vice president to the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi’s Institute for Nonviolence. Battle and his wife, Raquel, were married by Archbishop Tutu and are parents to two daughters, Sage and Bliss, and a son, Zion. All of whom were baptized by Archbishop Tutu as well.

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Preston Shipp speaks with Naomi Tutu about Ubuntu

REV. NONTOMBI NAOMI TUTU will give a keynote presentation at our upcoming Theology & Peace Conference. Here’s a preview of what we can expect June 17-20 at American Baptist College in Nashville!


Like Martin Luther King, Jr. forty years ago, we go ”to Nashville not to bring inspiration, but to gain inspiration from the great movement that has taken place in this community.”

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The 2019 Theology & Peace Conference:…/2019-conference-registration/
#EngagedMimeticTheory #IAmOnlyBecauseWeAre

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