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Online journal of Indiana’s peace colleges receives
$120,000 grant from Henry Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded $120,000 to the Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace, an online publication of the Plowshares peace studies cooperative of Earlham, Goshen and Manchester colleges.

The 2-year-old publication is the only research journal focusing solely on ways religion can cause or exacerbate war and how religion can foster peace – despite deep, religiously-influenced conflict around the globe, including in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and Sudan.

Earlham, Goshen and Manchester colleges are anchored in the religious peace traditions that founded the schools: the Quakers, Mennonites and the Church of the Brethren. Since 2002, the three colleges have collaborated to strengthen their course offerings, faculty and research capabilities.

“Two years of publishing the Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace have reinforced our sense of the need and the opportunity in this area of study,” said Editor Joseph Liechty, professor of peace, justice and conflict studies for Goshen College. “The affirmation represented by The Luce Foundation grant is both a morale booster and an opportunity to build foundations that can secure the Journal’s future.” The grant spans three years, 2010-2013.

The award to the Plowshares colleges comes from The Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs, which “seeks to deepen understanding of religion as a critical but often neglected dimension of national and international policies and politics.”

The journal is located at Learn more about The Henry Luce Foundation at The Journal was created and launched with generous support from the Plowshares grant, funded by The Lilly Endowment Inc.

December 2009

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