LEADERSHIP OF THE INSTITUTE FOR RELIGION, PEACE AND JUSTICE
Andrew P. Klager is Professor of Religion and Peace Studies, Dean of Peace and Justice Studies, and founding director of the Institute of Religion, Peace and Justice at St. Stephen's University. He earned 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. He was also 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.
Andrew has given a number of public lectures and made presentations at conferences, symposiums, and interfaith dialogues across North America. He is also widely published in various peer-reviewed journals (Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies; Journal of Ecumenical Studies; Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace; Greek Orthodox Theological Review; Mennonite Quarterly Review; Conrad Grebel Review; Journal of Mennonite Studies; Renaissance and Reformation; Journal of Theological Studies (Oxford); Reformation & Renaissance Review; Direction Journal) and in a number of books (Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ [Eerdmans 2007]; Compassionate Eschatology: The Future as Friend [Wipf & Stock, 2011]; Canadian Christian Zionism: A Tangled Tale [Synaxis Press, 2014]); and Hellrazed? [Kevin Miller XI, 2017] in a variety of research fields ranging from peace and conflict studies, peacemaking and contemplation (theoria), 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 Egypt Independent (Al-Masry Al-Youm) and currently writes regularly for the Huffington Post and Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice, of which he's also a co-editor, and is an Associated Editor of The Kenarchy Journal, contributing editor of Solomon's Porch (In Communion), and is on the Advisory Council of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.
In addition to his teaching, speaking, and publications, Andrew also carries out research on interreligious peacebuilding, asceticism and the inner transformation of a peacemaker, uses of history and peacebuilding, and Mennonite approaches to peacebuilding, especially in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and Middle East, and in Egypt in particular. He is also the editor of the book, From Suffering to Solidarity: The Historical Seeds of Mennonite Interreligious, Interethnic, and International Peacebuilding (Pickwick, 2015).
Andrew's responsibilities at the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice include teaching courses; directing the Master of Arts in Peace and Justice program; leading the study abroad module in Scotland and N.Ireland; arranging the student practicum placements overseas; organizing events; speaking and training on the inner transformation of a peacemaker; maintaining and adding content to the blog and podcasts; carrying out research and publishing on the inner transformation of a peacemaker, peace theology, and interreligious peacebuilding; giving public lectures at conferences and other events; and co-editing the Clarion Journal of Religion, Peace and Justice.