Witness Colloquium Series

Understanding and Engaging Movements for Justice in 2020

The events of 2020 are laying bare inequalities that have long plagued the United States and the global community. The intersections of the pandemic, ongoing racialized violence, and hate-filled political rhetoric — combined with the volatility of the upcoming U.S. presidential elections — are exposing the costs of the status quo and pushing each of us to examine our role in advocating for justice. AMBS is partnering with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, for four sessions in a series exploring these issues and strategic nonviolent responses.

Serving as living alternatives to violence through offering protection and seeking justice are expressions of the nearly 500-year tradition of Anabaptism. This communal nonviolence is rooted in the conviction that violence is inconsistent with the person of Jesus and the life he led, a life the discipleship community shares. In this series, voices from different streams of nonviolence — including communal, liberationist, and strategic nonviolence — will speak as witnesses to the power of nonviolence in action.

Recorded past sessions

Public sessions and speakers

The sessions in this four-part series will be held via videoconference — 12:30–1:30 p.m. ET on Wednesdays, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. The Oct. 10 event will take place at 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. EDT.  The virtual events are open to the public at no charge. Registration is required.

A broad range of guest speakers — from political scientists and theologians, to church-based movement builders, policy experts, and trainers in nonviolent action — will offer their insights. The following sessions are co-sponsored by AMBS and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

About Witness Colloquium

An open forum hosted by AMBS, Witness Colloquium explores faith in the public sphere, in an Anabaptist perspective.

The full colloquium runs from Sept. 9 to Dec. 9; the sessions in the four-part series featured on this page are part of the colloquium and are co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute.


Janna Hunter-Bowman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics