John Paul Lederach
Professor of International Peacebuilding
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame
“Compassionate Presence: Faith-Based Peacebuilding in the Face of Violence”
We live in what Peter Berger called a “furiously religious” world that has served to justify and at times promote violence. Reflecting on three decades of peacebuilding, John Paul Lederach, professor of international peacebuilding at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, will trace the faith-based resources that contribute to what he calls compassionate presence and reflective spirituality, which underpin his engagement with protracted conflict and cycles of violence. Building from his book The Moral Imagination, the lecture will explore the disciplines of a practitioner-scholar committed to nonviolent social change.
Widely known for his pioneering work on conflict transformation, John Paul Lederach is involved in conciliation work in Colombia, the Philippines and Nepal, and countries in East and West Africa. He has helped design and conduct training programs in 25 countries across five continents.
He is the author of When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation, The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace, The Journey Toward Reconciliation, Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies and Preparing for Peace: Confliction Transformation Across Cultures.
Lederach holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado.