WHO WE ARE
The Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice is a teaching, research, and resource institute of St. Stephen’s University that provides students, scholars, practitioners, and any thoughtful person with a robust education and experience that integrate attentiveness to one's inner transformation, theology of peace and justice, an understanding of the role of religion in peace and violence, and practical peacemaking as a vocation and way of life.
IRPJ offers a range of programs for both graduate and undergraduate students through a variety of innovative delivery modes that are meant to create the perfect balance between convenience and low disruption to the lives of our students and high personal contact and face-to-face interaction.
"When people tell me they're sick of organized religion, I gently suggest that maybe the problem isn't that religion is organized, but that it's organized for the wrong purposes. Then I'll often ask, 'What worthy purposes do you wish religious communities would organize around?' IRPJ offers an essential answer to that question: working for peace and justice for everyone, beginning with the most vulnerable. I'm thankful that this community of scholars and learners are devoting themselves to a fresh vision of what religion is actually for."
AUTHOR, SPEAKER, ACTIVIST
Complete our online six-course Certificate in Religion, Peace and Justice in as little as eight months. And what's more, students have the option of applying the courses of this Certificate towards an M.A., M.Min, or Diploma in Theology & Culture (online Peace Studies Track) at St. Stephen's University.
Abbotsford, BC, Canada
“I love the course content, the push to dig deeper in the reading material, and the challenge to write academically. I just wish I could clear my schedule so I could study all day!”
RS 5482/3482 – Inner transformation of a peacemaker
RS 5380/3380 – Theology of Peace & Justice
RS 5180/3180 – Peace & Violence in the New Testament
RS 5583/3583 – Practical Nonviolence and Peacebuilding
RS 5882/3882 – Religion, Peace and Conflict
RS 5182/3182 – Peace & Violence in the Old Testament
IRPJ's main initiative is our entirely online six-course graduate or undergraduate Certificate in Religion, Peace and Justice, combining a focus on peace theology, the inner transformation of a peacemaker, an exploration of how religion can encourage peace and violence, and practical peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
For any thoughtful person who wants to enhance their theology of peace, expand their practical peacebuilding skills, and pay more attention to their inner transformation as peacemakers, the IRPJ Certificate program includes courses that use a robust and well-organized online interface, video conferences with our amazing Guest Lecturers, creative and thought-provoking assignments, readings that will challenge you and expand your knowledge, lectures from our Core Faculty that are synchronized with Keynote presentations to simulate the classroom experience as much as possible, and a variety of informative and subversive high-quality video clips — most of them from our partner and friends at The Work of the People.
This is a program that encourages a mature subversiveness, valuing mystery and truth, beauty and practicality, paradox and critical thinking, vulnerability and courage, hospitality and an identity forged in the crucible of a peaceable kingdom whose King sits on a cruciform throne. If this appeals to you, we encourage you to get ahold of us today.
CATCH A GLIMPSE OF OUR STUDENTS' ONLINE EXPERIENCE BELOW
The online Certificate in Religion, Peace and Justice includes the participation of a number of amazing Guest Lecturers from various backgrounds and areas of expertise who offer original recorded lectures and video conferences with our students.
Brian Zahnd, Lisa Schirch, Pete Enns, Jarrod McKenna, Brian McLaren, Cece Jones-Davis, Jonathan Martin, David Moore, Shane Claiborne, Terry LeBlanc, and many more.
Duration — 8 months
Credit hours — 18
Number of courses — 6
Delivery mode — Online
Tuition — $393 CAD/cr. hr.
Brian Zahnd : Gotta kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight
Hosts Andrew Klager
and Jarrod McKenna
In our first episode, we're joined by Brian Zahnd to discuss his pilgrimage into a life that embraces nonviolence and love of enemies. And we look at the dynamic of inner and outer peace, or how the contemplative life and inner transformation informs our peacemaking actions and the way that we work for justice.