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ANDREW P. KLAGER, PhD

BRAD JERSAK, PhD

Director, Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice 

St. Stephen's University – IRPJ
British Columbia, Canada

 

e. andrewklager@ssu.ca

Lecturer in Peace Theology 

 

St. Stephen's University – IRPJ
British Columbia, Canada

 

e. bradjersak@ssu.ca

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, CSRS, University of Victoria (2014)
PhD, Religious Studies and History, University of Glasgow (2011)
MA, Christian Studies (History), McMaster Divinity College (2006)
BA, Biblical Studies, Columbia Bible College (2003)

 

Dr. Andrew Klager holds a PhD in Religious Studies and History from the University of Glasgow focusing on Anabaptist-Mennonite history and theology including the 16th-century Anabaptist peace tradition(s) and has completed continuing studies in Interfaith Conflict Resolution and Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace.

Andrew has been a Research Associate at the Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre at TWU and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. He has also given a number of public lectures and made presentations at conferences, symposiums, and interfaith dialogues across North America and is widely published in a variety of research fields ranging from peace and conflict studies, Anabaptist-Mennonite studies, interreligious peacebuilding especially in Egypt and the Middle East, peace theology, history of Christianity, 16th-century Reformation and Humanism, the Church fathers (especially St. Gregory of Nyssa), and Eastern Orthodox theology and asceticism. Andrew has also written for Sojourners Magazine and Egypt Independent (Al-Masry Al-Youm) and currently writes for the Huffington Post and Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice, of which he's also a co-editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief of St. Macrina Press, contributing editor of Solomon's Porch (In Communion), and is on the Advisory Council of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.

Andrew also published the edited book, From Suffering to Solidarity: The Historical Seeds of Mennonite Interreligious, Interethnic, and International Peacebuilding (Pickwick, 2015) and is working on a new book on Balthasar Hubmaier's use of and attitude towards the Church fathers for the Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History series for Herald Press.

Andrew's responsibilities at the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice include teaching courses; arranging the student practicum placements over-seas; organizing events including speakers, conferences, panel discussions, and peace theology cafés; building partnerships with innovative peace organizations; maintaining and adding content on the blog and podcasts; carrying out research and publishing in peace theology and interreligious peacebuilding; speaking at conferences and other events; co-editing the Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice; editing the Journal of Peace Theology (in progress); editing the books that appear in the IRPJ book series (in progress), and the overall administration of the Institute.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Nottingham (2014)
PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, Bangor University, Wales (2013)
MDiv., Biblical Studies, Trinity Western University/ACTS (1995)
MA, Biblical Studies, Briercrest Seminary (1988)
BRE, Biblical Studies, Briercrest Bible College (1986)

 

Rev. Dr. Brad Jersak (Reader Irenaeus) holds a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from Bangor University (Wales) and is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, Canada. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice, he teaches New Testament and Patristics as a core faculty member at Westminster Theological Centre in the UK and is on faculty at St. Stephen's University in New Brunswick. After serving as pastor and church-planter for twenty years, he now travels for Fresh Wind Christian Fellowship and serves as reader at All-Saints Orthodox Monastery (Dewdney, BC).

Brad’s focus today is on writing accessible theology, facilitating 'listening prayer' seminars, and teaching college courses. His research, teaching, and writing emphases include the gospels, cruciform theology, contemplative spirituality applied to prophetic justice, and a theology of hope (Her Gates Will Never Be Shut). He is the author or co-author of thirteen books on atonement theology, eschatology, cruciform theology, Simone Weil, and George Grant and is currently the senior editor of CWR Press and St. Macrina Press. His most recent book is A More Christlike God, A More Beautiful Gospel.

Brad lends his expertise to the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice by teaching three courses: Peace in the New Testament, Peace and Violence in the Old Testament, and Wrath and the Problem of Evil, as well as guest lecturing in other courses, helping with events and facilitating retreats, and co-editing Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice.

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To be 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 integrates attentiveness to one's inner transformation, peace theology and social justice, an understanding of the role of religion in peace and violence, and practical peacemaking as a vocation and way of life.

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