Proclaim Peace Conference at BYU–Hawaii

03.15.2022 | The Maxwell Institute

Proclaim Peace Conference

In June 2022, the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and the David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding are hosting a conference based upon Patrick Mason’s and David Pulsipher’s new book Proclaim Peace: The Restoration’s Answer to an Age of Conflict. You can learn more about the book HERE and listen to an interview with the two scholars HERE.

The Restoration encompasses a rich, underappreciated, theology of peace. The heart of that theology is captured in a few core principles:

All humans are inherently divine and eternally interrelated.

Enduring power can only be achieved through persuasion and love. Conflict is built into creation and can be constructively transformed for godly purposes.

In rare instances violence may be justified, but only nonviolence based in love is truly efficacious and sanctifying.

And the beloved community of Zion is not simply a utopian ideal but rather an achievable goal if individuals and societies embrace principles of love, equality, justice, and peace as exemplified by Jesus Christ.

In June 2022, scholars from varied perspectives will gather on the Brigham Young University–Hawaii campus for a landmark conference exploring  the Restoration’s message of peace. The “Proclaim Peace” Conference will feature  renowned scholars reflecting on the work of Patrick Mason and David Pulsipher in their new book, Proclaim Peace: The Restoration’s Answer to an Age of Conflict (BYU Maxwell Institute and Deseret Book). Limited space for interested members of the public will also be  available. Participants–scholars and non-scholars alike–will reflect together on the interpersonal, ethical, and social dimensions of Christian discipleship and the search for peace in non-Christian traditions. 

Sign up HERE to register for the conference and receive updates when proceedings are made available.

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Thursday, June 9th — Conference Presentations at Banyan Dining Hall

PART I: The Theology of Peace 1:00-4:05

1:00 – 1:10 Opening Ceremonies
1:10 – 1:25 Welcome & Introduction (Isaiah Walker
1:25 – 1:40 Opening Remarks (Patrick Mason & David Pulsipher)
1:45 – 2:00 Remarks (Melissa Inouye)
2:05 – 2:20 Remarks (Adam Miller)
2:25 – 2:40 Remarks (Tevita Kaili)
2:40 – 2:55 Break
2:55 – 3:15 Discussion
3:15 – 3:30 Audience Q&A
6:30-9 PM Dangerous Love Workshop (Chad Ford)

Friday, June 10th — Conference Presentations at Banyan Building

PART III: The Culture of Peace 1:00-4:00

1:00 – 1:15 Cultural Introduction (Isaiah Walker)
1:15-1:30 Opening Presentation (Patrick Mason and David Pulsipher)
1:35 – 1:50 Remarks (Christina Akanoa)
1:55 – 2:10 Remarks (Ben Cook)
2:15 – 2:30 Remarks (David Whippy)
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:05 Discussion
3:05-3:25 Mohammed Abu-Nimer
3:25-3:45 Audience Q&A

Saturday, June 12th — Maori Village PCC

PART IV: The Praxis of Peace 8:30-12:00

8:30-8:40 Cultural Protocols
8:40-8:55 Praxis Introduction (Seamus Fitzgerald)
8:55-9:10 Opening Remarks (Patrick Mason & David Pulsipher)
9:15-9:30 Remarks (Loucrisha Hussain)
9:35-9:50 Remarks (Groundwork Leadership Team Chris Pineda, Kasha Coombs, and TK Ford)
9:55-10:10 Remarks (Adrian Chan)
10:15-10:30 Remarks (Ema Billings Fong)
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Audience Q&A
11:15-11:30 Closing Remarks (Chad Ford)