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.
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