The Marquette University Center for Peacemaking empowers the university and the wider community to explore together the necessary skills to become informed, spiritually-centered, nonviolent peacemakers. Rooted in the Ignatian charism, the center fosters an awakening to the holistic relationship of scholarship, spirituality, nonviolent living, and the active struggle for peace and justice.
An Ignatian Peacemaking lecture entitled "A Faith That Does Justice: Rutilio Grande, S.J., and the Church of El Salvador lessons for us today" will be delivered by Dr. Thomas Kelly on November 3, 2014. This lecture will allow the university to explore how Grande's life influenced the future of El Salvador and challenges us to consider what it means to live our faith in service to the poor and vulnerable.
Thomas M. Kelly, Ph.D. is a Professor of Systematic Theology at Creighton University and Immersion Coordinator of the Ignatian Colleagues Program. He has lived and taught courses throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He and his wife Lisa have been members of Ignatian Associates since 2004.
The Center for Peacemaking is working with SOA Watch-Wisconsin to organize the annual trip to the School of the Americas Watch teach-in and vigil on November 21-23 in Columbus, GA.
SOA Watch-Wisconsin is a grass roots organization committed to upholding human rights and advocating for an investigation into atrocities committed by graduates of the School of the Americas, now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. SOA Watch members are available to make presentations related to grass roots organizing, nonviolent social change, justice efforts across the hemisphere, and the experience of being a prisoner of conscience. Speakers can present to student groups or to classes.