LEADERSHIP OF THE INSTITUTE FOR RELIGION, PEACE AND JUSTICE

Director

ANDREW P. KLAGER, PhD

DIRECTOR – INSTITUTE for RELIGION, PEACE AND JUSTICE

PROFESSOR OF RELIGION AND PEACE STUDIES

ST. STEPHEN'S UNIVERSITY

 

e. andrewklager@ssu.ca

Andrew Klager 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]; and Canadian Christian Zionism: A Tangled Tale [Synaxis Press, 2014]) 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 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 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.

 

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 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; 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.