|Title:||Professor of Theology|
Director, Justice and Peace Studies Program
|Address:||University of St. Thomas|
2115 Summit Ave. / ALB153
St. Paul MN 55105
|Other areas:||Peace Studies|
Systematic and historical theology
Ph.D., Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, 1996.
M.A. in Theological Studies, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, 1990.
B.A. in History and Communication, Goshen College, 1979.
Unlearning Protestantism: Sustaining Christian Community in an Unstable Age. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2010.
Editor and lead author. Just Policing, Not War: An Alternative Response to World Violence. With Drew Christiansen, S.J., Ivan Kauffman, John Paul Lederach, Reina C. Neufeldt, Margaret R. Pfeil, Glen H. Stassen, and Tobias Winright. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2007.
Co-editor, with Duane K. Friesen. At Peace and Unafraid: Public Order, Security and the Wisdom of the Cross. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 2005.
General editor. Called Together to be Peacemakers: Report of the International Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and Mennonite World Conference, 1998–2003. Abridged edition with discussion questions. Eds Willard Roth and Gerald W. Schlabach. With an introduction by Helumt Harder. Discussion questions by Eric Massanari. Bridgefolk Series, no. 3. Kitchener, Ont.: Pandora Press, 2004.
Editor. On Baptism: Mennonite-Catholic Theological Colloquium, 2001-2002. The Bridgefolk Series. Kitchener, Ont.: Pandora Press, 2004.
For the Joy Set Before Us: Augustine and Self-Denying Love. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001.
Translator. Roger Arnaldez, Three Messengers for One God [Trois messagers pour un seul Dieu (Paris: Editions Albin Michel, 1983)]. With Mary Louise Gude and David Burrell. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995.
To Bless All Peoples: Serving With Abraham and Jesus. Peace and Justice Series 12. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1991.
Spanish translation: Un pueblo para todos los pueblos: la comunidad abrahámica y el servicio cristiano. Colección: Siervos en comunidad. Guatemala: Ediciones CLARA-SEMILLA, 1994.
Co-editor, with Phil McManus. Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America. With an introduction by Leonardo Boff. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1991.
And Who is My Neighbor? Poverty, Privilege and the Gospel of Christ. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1990.
“Call No Movement New Until It is Old: ‘New Monasticism’ and the Practice of Stability.” Pro Ecclesia 21, no. 3 (Summer 2012): 247–57.
"Just Policing, Responsibility to Protect, and Anabaptist Two-Kingdom Theology." Conrad Grebel Review 28, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 73–88.
“Just the Police Function, Then.” Conrad Grebel Review 26, no. 2 (Spring 2008): 50-60.
“Continuity and Sacrament, or not: Hauerwas, Yoder, and Their Deep Difference.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 27, no. 2 (Fall-Winter 2007): 171-207.
First presented at ” Society of Christian Ethics. Dallas, TX, 6 January 2007.
Earlier version presented as “Continuity and Sacrament, or Not: Why Hauerwas Really is not Yoder, But is Right About Mennonite Community Nonetheless.” Anabaptist Seminar. Eastern Mennonite University, 8 April 2006.
“Meeting in Exile: Historic Peace Churches and the Emerging Peace Church Catholic.” Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace 1, no.1 (Fall 2007).
First presented as lecture, “What is a Peace Church?” Presentation Sisters’ Peace Studies Forum. Fargo, ND, 23 January 2004.
“Just Policing: How War Could Cease to be a Church-Dividing Issue.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 41, no. 3-4 (Summer-Fall 2004): 409-30. [Actual publication date: 2007.]
“Is Milbank Niebuhrian Despite Himself?” Conrad Grebel Review 23, no. 2 (Spring 2005): 33–40.
First presented at Mennonite Scholars & Friends Forum on “Radical Orthodoxy and the Radical Reformation: What is Radical about Radical Orthodoxy? Conversations with John Milbank.” American Academy of Religion, Toronto, 23 November 2003.
"Stability amid Mobility: The Oblate’s Challenge and Witness." American Benedictine Review, 52:1 (March 2001).
"In the Belly of a Paradox: Reflections on the Dubious Service of Reflecting on Service." The Journal of Peace and Justice Studies. 10:2 (2000) 65-78.
Reprinted in the Conrad Grebel Review 19:3 (Fall 2001) 41-53.
First presented at conference on "Anabaptist/Mennonite Experiences in International Development," Eastern Mennonite University, 1-4 October 1998.
"'Love is the Hand of the Soul': The Grammar of Continence in Augustine's Doctrine of Christian Love." Journal of Early Christian Studies 6:1 (Spring 1998): 59-92.
Reprinted in Christianity and Society the Social World of Early Christianity, edited by Everett Ferguson. Recent Studies in Early Christianity, vol. 1, 151–84. New York: Garland Pub., 1999..
First presented at North American Patristics Society. June 1, 1996.
"Anthology in Lieu of System: John H. Yoder's Ecumenical Conversations as Systematic Theology." Review essay on The Royal Priesthood: Essays Ecclesiological and Ecumenical by John Howard Yoder and Michael G. Cartwright (ed.). Mennonite Quarterly Review 71:2 (April 1997): 305-309.
"Augustine's Hermeneutic of Humility: An Alternative to Moral Imperialism and Moral Relativism." Journal of Religious Ethics 22:2 (Fall 1994): 299-330.
"Beyond Two- versus One-Kingdom Theology: Abrahamic Community as a Mennonite Paradigm for Christian Engagement in Society." Conrad Grebel Review 11 (Fall 1993): 187-210.
"Friendship as Adultery: Social Reality and Sexual Metaphor in Augustine's Doctrine of Original Sin." Augustinian Studies 23 (December 1992): 125-147.
First presented at Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, 20-22 September 1991.
"Nicaragua: A Case Study." Mennonite Quarterly Review 68 (August 1984): 368-377.
First presented at Symposium on Central America, sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Peace Section, Chicago, Illinois, October 1983.
“Must Christian Pacifists Reject Police Force?” In A Faith not Worth Fighting for: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions About Christian Nonviolence, eds Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer, pp. 60–84. Eugene OR: Cascade Books, 2012.
“‘Just Policing’ -- Die Frage nach (De-Legitimierung des Krieges muss nicht kirchentrennend bleiben. Lernerfahrungen aus dem mennonitisch-katholischen Dialog.” Translated by Helga Voigt. Ökumenische Rundschau 60, no. 1 (2011): 66–79.
“Catholic and Mennonite: A Journey of Healing.” One in Christ 42, no. 2 (Winter 2008): 318–40.
First presented at Mennonite Catholic Theological Conference. Notre Dame, Indiana, 31 July 2007.
“Just Policing and the Christian Call to Nonviolence.” In At Peace and Unafraid: Public Order, Security and the Wisdom of the Cross, eds Duane K. Friesen and Gerald W. Schlabach, 405–22. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 2005.
First presented at conference on “Seeking the Welfare of the City: Public Peace, Justice and Order” Mennonite Central Committee Peace Office. Akron, PA, 3 August 2004.
"Just Policing: How War Could Cease to be a Church-Dividing Issue." In Just Policing: Mennonite-Catholic Theological Colloquium 2002, edited by Ivan J. Kauffman. Bridgefolk Series. 19-75. Kitchener, Ontario: Pandora Press, 2004. Also see "Response to Responses" on pp. 112-126.
First presented to the Mennonite-Catholic Theological Colloquium, 2002.
“Between the Times, Between Communities: Eucharistic Theology for the Bridge.” One in Christ 39.2 (April 2002) 3-16.
First presented at 2003 Ekklesia Project Gathering, panel on “The Eucharist and the Fractured Body.” 31 July 2003, DePaul University, Chicago. Also presented as background reading for participants at 2003 Bridgefolk Conference, July 2003.
“The Christian Witness in the Earthly City: John H. Yoder as Augustinian Interlocutor.” Chapt. 11 in A Mind Patient and Untamed: Assessing John Howard Yoder's Contribution to Theology, Ethics, and Peacemaking. Edited by Edited by Ben C. Ollenburger and Gayle Gerber Koontz, with an introduction by Stanley Hauerwas, 221-44. Telford, Pa.: Cascadia Publishing, 2004.
Reprinted in The New Yoder, Peter Dula and Chris K. Huebner, 18–41. Eugene OR: Cascade Books, 2010.
First presented at conference on "Assessing the Theological Legacy of John Howard Yoder." University of Notre Dame, 7-9 March 2002.
“Breaking Bread: Peace and War.” Chapt. 27 in The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics, edited by Stanley Hauerwas and Sam Wells, 360–74. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2004.
“Clarity, Obfuscation and What Mennonites Should Learn from Weigel Anyway.” Mennonite Life, 58:2 (June 2003).
“The Correction of the Augustinians: A Case Study in the Critical Appropriation of a Suspect Tradition.” In The Early Church and the Free Church: Bridging the Historical and Theological Divide. Edited by Daniel H. Williams, 47-74. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2002.
First presented at faculty colloquium, Bluffton College. 28 January 2000.
"The Vow of Stability: A Premodern Way through a Hypermodern World." In Anabaptists & Postmodernity, eds Susan Biesecker-Mast and Gerald Biesecker-Mast, with a foreword by J. Denny Weaver. The C. Henry Smith Series, vol. 1, 301-24. Telford Pa.: Pandora Books U.S., 2000.
Abridged version also published in Mennonite Life 53:3 (September 1998).
First presented at conference on "Anabaptists & Postmodernity," Bluffton (Ohio) College, 6-8 August 1998.
"Deuteronomic or Constantinian: What is the Most Basic Problem for Christian Social Ethics?" In The Wisdom of the Cross: Essays in Honor of John Howard Yoder, eds Stanley Hauerwas, Chris K. Huebner, Harry Huebner, and Mark Thiessen Nation, 449-71. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
"More Than One Task: North American Nonviolence and Latin American Liberation Struggle." Epilogue in Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America, eds Philip McManus and Gerald Schlabach, with a foreword by Leonardo Boff, 252-65. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1991.
"Revolutionary Nicaragua: Military Service, Conscientious Objection and Nation-building." In The Role of the Church in Society. Ed. Urbane Peachey. Carol Stream, Illinois: International Mennonite Peace Committee, 1988) 51-70.
"The Nonviolence of Desperation: Peasant Land Action in Honduras." Chapt. 4 in Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America, eds Philip McManus and Gerald Schlabach, with a foreword by Leonardo Boff, 63-78. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1991.
Panel respondent, documentary on “The Anatomy of Hate,” Globally Minded Student Association and the Sociology and Criminal Justice Club joint event, University of St. Thomas, 8 March 2012.
"Response to Dr. Muqtedar Khan." Muslims and America: Beyond Fear of the Other. University of St. Thomas, 6 April 2011.
"For and Against Dula Against Schlabach," ACRS Reading Group, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, 27 September 2010.
With Andy Alexis-Baker. “Wrestling with Faithfulness in Peacemaking: Just Policing.” Panel and workshop. Peace Among the Peoples. Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, 30 June 2010.
Panelist. "For a Greener Lent." University of St. Thomas, 23 February 2010.
"Just Policing: Beyond the Pacifist / Just-War Impasse." People of Faith Peacemakers. Minneapolis, 13 January 2010.
“Just Policing: Beyond the Pacifist / Just-War Impasse.” Peace with Justice Forum, ELCA Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Synods’ Peace with Justice Committee. Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, 15 March 2009.
“What about International Law and Policing?” Break-out session. Every Church a Peace Church 2008 Twin Cities Fall Conference, 19-20 September, 2008. Also on the closing Plenary Panel for the conference.
“Just Policing and Ecumenical Dialogue: A Case Study in Multilingual Peacemaking.” Spring Institute for Lived Theology: Lived Theology and the Language of Peace. University of Virginia, 28-30 May 2008.
Panelist. The RNC: Civil Disobedience, Community Policing and Moral Courage. University of St. Thomas, 23 October 2007.
“Benedictine Values and the Need for Bridging.” Panel on “Four Major Concepts of Benedictine Community.” Monastic Institute. Saint John’s Abbey, 6 July 2006.
“Getting Started at Interchurch Dialogue: Proceeding Through Friendship.” Workshops. Central Plains Mennonite Conference. St. Paul, MN, 2006.
”Crossing Ourselves in the Voting Booth.” St. Bridget Catholic Church, River Falls WI, 27 September 2004.
“Restlessness of Heart: Augustine, Pilgrimage and Friendship.” Men’s Spirituality Series. Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, St. Paul, MN, 7 April 2004.
Response to David Smith, Cris Toffolo and John Langan S.J., panel on "Catholic Social Thought and the Social Sciences," with a focus on just war theory, international relations and U.S. security policy. Catholic Thought Across the Curriculum Conference, 24 October 2003, University of St. Thomas., St. Paul, Minn.
“Lived Theology and Power.” Panel presentation at The Conference on Lived Theology and Civil Courage.” Project on Lived Theology, Charlottesville, Va., 13 June 2003.
“Stability: Spiritual Discipline for a Mobile Society.” Presentation at Oblate Renew Day, St. Benedict’s Monastery, 17 August 2002.
“Globalization and 'Catholicity-from-Below'.” Presentation at Bridgefolk gathering on "Creating Peacemaking Communities for the New Millennium: Catholics and Mennonites Bridging the Divide," Saint John’s Abbey, 12 July 2002.
"Yoder, Tolkien, and What is Really the Plot." Presentation to the Workgroup on Power of the Project on Lived Theology, University of Virginia, meeting in New York City, 19-21 April 2002.
"The Christian Witness in the Earthly City: John H. Yoder as Augustinian Interlocutor." Conference on "Assessing the Theological Legacy of John Howard Yoder," 7-9 March 2002, University of Notre Dame.
Response to Alain Epp Weaver, "Constantinianism, Zionism, Diaspora: Towards a Political Theology of Exile and Return." MCC Peace Committee meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 25-26 October 2001.
"The Correction of the Augustinians." Faculty colloquium, Bluffton College. 28 January 2000.
"Continence, Consumption and Other Abuses: Or Why an Augustinian Ethic is Worth the Bother." Annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, 8 January 2000.
"Catholic-Mennonite Dialogue: Why Now?" Campus forum at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 15 April 1999. With Brian Daley S.J. of the University of Notre Dame.
"Faithfulness, Temptation and the Deuteronomic Juncture: Is Constantinianism the Most Basic Problem for Christian Social Ethics?" Marpeck Lecture, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 5 March 1998.
"An Abrahamic Community of Respect," meditation at Bluffton College Faculty/Staff Retreat, 28 August 1997.
"Guy F. Hershberger and Reinhold Niebuhr on Christian Love: Will the Real Augustinian Please Stand Up?" Conference on "Anabaptists in Conversation: Mennonite and Brethren Interactions with Twentieth-Century Theologies," 19-21 June 1997. Young Center for the Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Groups, Elizabethtown (Pa.) College.
Report on dissertation research and findings. Faculty colloquium, Bluffton College. 11 October 1996.
"Assuming the Stranger: Vitoria's Critique of the Conquest as a Case Study in Cultural Encounter." Conference on The Process of Cultural Encounter 1492-1992, 18-20 September 1992. Sponsored by The Latin American Consortium (Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana University; Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame).
"A Prophetic Perspective for Central America." Desafío 84 conference on mission strategy. Antigua, Guatemala, May 1984.
“Outvoted, not Persecuted: Four Lessons About Religious Freedom.” Commonweal 134, no. 17 (12 October 2012): 22–24.
“Love the Enemy in Your Pew.” Part of article series, “What Will You Take up? Suggestions for Action and Reflection during Lent”. America 206, no. 5 (2012): 20.
"Praying in the Wild.” America 197, no. 6 (10 September 2007): 28–30.
“You Converted to What? One Mennonite’s Journey.” Commonweal 134, no. 11 (1 June 2007).
Review of John Howard Yoder: Mennonite Patience, Evangelical Witness, Catholic Convictions, by Mark Thiessen Nation. Theological Studies 67, no. 2 (June 2007).
Review of Evil and the Augustinian Tradition, by Charles T. Matthewes. Pro Ecclesia 13.2 (Winter 2004) 111-113.
Review of The Nonviolent Atonement, by J. Denny Weaver. Conrad Grebel Review 21:3 (Fall 2003) 112-15.
“Just Policing, not War.” America 189, no. 1 (7-14 July 2003): 19-21.
Summary essay. In The Conference on Lived Theology and Civil Courage: A Collection of Essays, 49-50. Charlottesville, Va.: The Project on Lived Theology, 2003.
“The Bridgefolk Movement in Ecumenical Context.” Ecumenical Trends 32.3 (March 2003): 14-15.
"We Pledge Allegiance...." Sojourners (January-February 2003) 15-16.
3rd place winner, Higher Goals editorial award, Evangelical Press Association, 2004.
Review of With the Grain of the Universe: The Church’s Witness and Natural Theology, by Stanley Hauerwas. Catholic Books Review.
“Working Notes on the Question of Policing, Post-9-11.” Peace Office Newsletter 32, no. 2 (April-June 2002): 10-11.
"An Open Letter: Welcoming Oblates as Christ." The American Monastic Newsletter 32:1 (February 2002) 3-4.
"On Revisiting Tombs, the Marketplace, and Central America." Christian Living (October-November 2001) 12-14.
Review of Patristic Ethics, pt. 1 of Wholeness of Faith and Life: Orthodox Christian Ethics, by Stanley S. Harakas. Journal of Early Christian Studies 9:3 (Fall 2001) 405-6.
"Continence." In Augustine Through the Ages: An Encyclopedia, gen ed Allan D. Fitzgerald, O.S.A. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
Lead author, in collaboration with Allan D. Fitzgerald, O.S.A., et al., of "Ethics." In Augustine Through the Ages: An Encyclopedia, gen ed Allan D. Fitzgerald, O.S.A. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
"The Case for Conference Authority." The Mennonite; 15 September 1998, 8-9; and 22 September 1998, 12-13. Part one: "Patterns of Church Life." Part two: "Four Aims of Community Life."
Review of Political Writings by Augustine, edited by Ernest L. Fortin, Roland Gunn, and Douglas Kries, with an introduction by Ernest L. Fortin. Journal of Early Christian Studies 5:1 (Spring 1997) 134-135.
"People on a Bus: Some Confessions." In Godward: Personal Stories of Grace, pp. 126-135. Ed. Ted Koontz. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1996.
Review of Augustine and the Limits of Virtue by James Wetzel. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 68:1 (Spring 1995) 184-186.
Review of The Unity of Love for God and Neighbour in St. Augustine by Raymond Canning. Augustinian Studies 26 (1995) 155-158.
Translation of Roger Arnaldez, Three Messengers for One God [Trois messagers pour un seul Dieu (Paris: Editions Albin Michel, 1983)]. With Mary Louise Gude and David Burrell. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995.
"The Blessing of Abraham's Children: A Theology of Service." Mission Focus 19:4 (December 1991): 52-55.
German translation: "Der Segen über Abrahams Kindern: Zu einer Theologie des Dienens." Mennonitisches Jahrbuch 1989: Diakonie -- teilen und helfen. Pp. 18-24.
"Service in the 21st Century is Still Everyone's Business." Gospel Herald (26 February 1991): 6-8.
"Mission Strategy and the Reinvention of the Church in Latin America." Mission Focus 17:1 (March 1989): 5-8.
Guest editor of the March 1989 issue of Mission Focus on Anabaptist theology from Central America. (Mission Focus is a quarterly on missiology published by the Mennonite Board of Missions.)
"Identification with the People in a Revolutionary Situation." With two responses from Central America. MCC Occasional Paper, No. 2, May 1988.
“Una perspectiva profética para Centroamérica” [A Prophetic Perspective for Central America]. Esperanza en Camino no. 1 (September 1986): 28-37.
First presented at Desafío 84 conference on mission strategy. Antigua, Guatemala, May 1984.
"Where Are Our Wounds?: A Call for Active Nonviolence in Central America." Mission Focus 12:2 (June 1984): 21-24.
Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2009-.
Director, Justice and Peace Studies Program, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), 2007-.
Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2000-2009.
Consultant for Peace Theology Project. Mennonite Central Committee Peace Office. 2004.
Participant, Workgroup on Theology and Power, Project on Lived Theology, supported by the Lilly Endowment and housed in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2001-.
Lead trainer, Assessment Training Workshop for Master of Arts in Organizational Management faculty, Bluffton College, 27 April, 2 & 5 May 2000.
Associate Professor of History and Religion, Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio, 1998-2000.
Assistant Professor of History and Religion, Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio, 1996-98.
Committee executive, Goshen (Indiana) College Presidential Search Committee, 1995-96.
Instructor, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, spring 1996, summer session 1995, spring 1994.
Instructor, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., fall 1995, spring 1994.
Instructor, Freshman Writing Program, University of Notre Dame, 1994-95.
Graduate assistant to David Burrell, C.S.C., and Jean Porter, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, 1991-1993.
Special writing projects for Mennonite Central Committee, and editor of MCC Newsletter on the Americas, 1987-1989.
Moderator of Consultation on Peacemaking Strategies, El Hatillo, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, August 1986.
Regional Coordinator, Central America Peace Portfolio, Mennonite Central Committee, 1983-1987, with responsibilities for theological education, interpretive writing, editorial consultancy, and leadership training.
Co-professor of course on "Peace and Justice in the Mennonite Tradition," SEMILLA [Anabaptist-Mennonite seminary without walls in Central America], Antigua, Guatemala, September 1986.
Co-representative of Mennonite Central Committee in Nicaragua, 1983-1985, with responsibilities for overseeing relief and development projects, consultancy on conscientious objection to the military and alternative service, and leadership training.
Member, Liaison Committee, Department of Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 2012-
Member, curriculum committee, Theology Department, University of St. Thomas, 2011-.
Theology Department Summer Workshop on “Teaching and the Teaching of Vatican II.” University of St. Thomas. 31 May - 3 June 2011.
Member, ad hoc committee on clinical faculty, 2010-11.
Member, Advisory Board, Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, University of St. Thomas, 2008-
Member and secretary, Faith and the Catholic Tradition Review Committee, University of St. Thomas, 2004-08.
Member, Master of Arts in Theology Program Committee, School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas, 2003-07.
Executive Director, Bridgefolk movement for Catholic-Mennonite dialogue and grassroots unity, 2001-07.
General editor, Bridgefolk Series, Pandora Press, 2004-.
Invited participant, Forum on Catholic Traditions on Peace and War, Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, sponsored with the US Jesuit Conference, 6 November 2003.
Co-chair, steering committee of Bridgefolk movement for Catholic-Mennonite dialogue and grassroots unity, 2001-04.
Lead organizer, Bridgefolk gathering on “Spiritual Practices for Violent Times: Catholics and Mennonites Bridging the Divide,” Saint John’s Abbey, 17-20 July 2003.
Lead organizer, Bridgefolk gathering on “Creating Peacemaking Communities for the New Millennium: Catholics and Mennonites Bridging the Divide,” Saint John’s Abbey, 12-14 July 2002.
Moderator and co-convener, Mennoonite-Catholic Theological Colloquium, 2000-.
Member-at-large, Mennonite Central Committee Peace Committee, 2001-
Convener, and member of planning and leadership group, for "Bridging Retreat" of Mennonites and Roman Catholics working to bridge their traditions, Laurelville (Pa.) Mennonite Church Center, 20-22 August 1999.
Member, Christian Education Committee, Indiana-Michigan Conference of the Mennonite Church, 1990-1996.
Chair, Special Committee for Long-Term Planning, Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend, Ind., 1991-1993.
Member, Steering Committee of Fellowship of Reconciliation Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean, 1987-89.
Charter member of Servicio Paz y Justicia - Nicaragua (SERPAJ-Nic.), 1984-1985.
American Benedictine Academy
Catholic Peacebuilding Network
Catholic Theological Society of America
Mennonite Historical Society
Peace and Justice Studies Association
Society of Christian Ethics