CJP educates a global community of peacebuilders through the integration of practice, theory and research.
Preparing, transforming and sustaining leaders to create a just and peaceful world.
The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding is a program of Eastern Mennonite University, an institution grounded in Anabaptist theology, life, and values.
CJP strives to practice and model holistic and values-based peacebuilding. Our values are visible in our processes and actions as we:
- embrace nonviolence, right relationships, and just community in our lives and practice
- honor human dignity, diversity, interdependence, and equality
- foster respect, trust, and collaboration across faith traditions, cultures, and worldviews
- ensure accountability, participation, and transparency
- challenge ourselves and others to continual learning and growth
- support the resilience and the sustainability of CJP/EMU and partner organizations by emphasizing personal, relational, spiritual, environmental, and financial well-being
- offer hospitality, develop relationships, and build inclusive community with both individuals and institutions
- focus on positive long-term and deep-rooted change that links personal and social transformation
- recognize and draw on the capacity for peace in faith-based, spiritual, and secular philosophies
- work to dismantle systems of oppression, including using our resources to pro-actively counter the drive towards economies of extraction of wealth (in all its forms) from communities
- cultivate leadership at all levels and in all positions and promote a model of shared leadership when working with communities