PACS Faculty and Courses
Below is listed more information on Faculty who teach the core PACS courses and details about each course.
Eric SeibertBIBL291: Issues of War, Peace & Social Justice in Biblical Texts
This class is a study of the major Biblical texts pertaining to war, peace, and social justice issues, with attention to their application past and present. This course assesses the traditional Christian stances toward war and also deals with more recent developments such as terrorism, pre-emptive strike, nonviolent resistance, and active peacemaking, all from a biblical perspective. It also explores related issues like the relationships between patriotism, military service, nationalism, and Christian citizenship in the kingdom of God.
Eric Seibert is a Professor of Old Testament and also serves on the PACS Advisory Committee.
It has been my privilege to serve on the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee for a number of years. I am strongly committed to peace education and am grateful to be part of a committee that oversees both a major and minor in Peace and Conflict Studies at Messiah. I also appreciate the work this group does planning and sponsoring programming that allows students to learn more about peacemaking and the nonviolent resolution of conflict. Since I am personally committed to living nonviolently, it is very rewarding to be part of a group that gives intentional thought and planning to these issues on campus.
David Weaver-ZercherHIST391: Historical Study of Peace
This course centers on how people throughout history and across the world have responded to situations of conflict and oppression. Grounded in complicated historical reality, this course examines various social and political contexts in which humans have faced violence and injustice and the ways in which individuals and communities responded hopefully and positively if not always successfully. Particular attention will be paid to the role of religion in general and Christianity in particular in shaping people’s ideas and actions in situations of conflict and oppression.
David Weaver-Zercher is a Professor of American Religious History for the Biblical and Religious Studies Department.
Richard CraneTHEO 227: Theology of Violence and Nonviolence
This course examines how core Christian beliefs and moral teachings relate to the issues of violence and non-violence.
Richard Crane is an Associate Professor in Theology. His research interests include postliberal theology and Christian social ethics.
Lorraine Stutzman AmstutzPACS 201: Basic Conflict Mediation
This course is an introduction to basic mediation and conflict transformation. Students will study the theory and practice of mediation and conflict transformation through readings, activities and class discussions. Skills will be developed through readings, activities, class discussion and role playing.
Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz is an adjunct lecturer for the PACS department.
Lorraine is the co-director of the Office on Crime and Justice for Mennonite Central Committee. She serves as consultant and trainer for restorative justice programs having a victim offender mediation component. She has worked in the field of victim offender mediation since 1984.
She has co-authored a curriculum entitled "Victim Offender Conferencing in Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System", The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools, and is the author of The Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing. She received her BS in social work from Eastern Mennonite University, where in 2002 she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award. She holds a master of social work from Marywood University.
George PickensINTE 391: PACS Internship
This practical work experience will provide juniors and seniors with a means to explore career options and to enhance their skill set under the professional supervision of the Internship Center staff and Dr. Pickens, the PACS Internship Advisor.
George Pickens is a Professor of Theology and Mission for the Biblical and Religious Studies Department. Dr. Pickens is also the Director of the PACS program and Chair of the PACS Committee.
John EbyPACS 495: PACS Senior Seminar
The capstone course for the Peace And Conflict Studies major is particularly important because it will enable students to integrate their inter-disciplinary study, their PACS studies, and their Christian faith. The opportunities and challenges of pursuing PACS as a vocation will be examined, and students will engage in independent research and writing which explores a personal area of interest relevant to PACS.
John Eby is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Messiah College.