Welcome to the Language for Peace Forum

The Language For Peace Forum is designed to create a community of practice of language teachers and learners who would like to share resources, support, training and orientation, and intentionally reflect on a framework for language education as peacebuilding from an Anabaptist Christian faith perspective .

Anabaptist education has developed programs in peace and justice studies as “the Christian ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18-20), which in turn is our co-operation in God’s “reconciling mission”  in society. Although language education has been mostly isolated from broader theological, peace and justice thinking, some integration has taken place through persons associated with Anabaptist agencies and among Anabaptist educators in various public settings who have backgrounds in both language teaching and peace and justice.

Just as Anabaptists have been at the forefront of developing ministries of peacebuilding, so too must they offer their gifts to the broader language teaching profession. These educators have a unique opportunity to help create a larger vision for language education using existing resources, knowledge, and experience.

This project seeks to bring together expertise and resources from the disciplines of education, language learning, peacebuilding and mission to articulate a theology of language education and to nurture the community of practice of Christian language teachers and learners.

If this is a project that relates to your work or area of interest, please look around the site and join the conversation!

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Contributing Author

Cheryl Woelk is coordinator of Language for Peace and specializes in language and peace education in multicultural contexts. She holds an MA in Education and a graduate certificate in Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA. Cheryl currently lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her spouse and son.

Contributing Author

Abigail Long is a 2012 graduate of Messiah College in Grantham, PA, and a member of Fairview Ave Brethren in Christ Church in Waynesboro, PA. She spent 14 months teaching English in South Korea at the Connexus Language Institute and is deeply interested in the connections between language learning, teaching and peacebuilding.

Contributing Author

Marg Epp (MEd, University of Saskatchewan) has over 30 years of teaching preschool to middle years and undergraduate education students. She continues to work with teacher candidates and professional development opportunities for K-12 classroom teachers. She is particularly interested in the area of students and teachers creating caring classroom environments conducive to learning and peacebuilding.

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