Young adults invited to summer GAP Institute


Institute highlights peacemaking in interconnected world

From USMB and MCC files

The USMB Board of Faith and Life encourages young adults ages 18 to 26 to consider participating in the nine-day Global Anabaptist Peacebuilders (GAP) Institute held June 16-24 on the Fresno Pacific University campus.

GAP is co-sponsored by Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary’s Center for Anabaptist Studies and West Coast Mennonite Central Committee. Participants learn about the challenges and opportunities of peacebuilding in a setting that combines worship, spiritual reflection, Bible study, intensive learning about global peace issues in an increasingly interconnected world, field trips and hands-on experience. Learning takes place in California’s Central Valley, a living laboratory of globalization ripe with opportunities to learn.

Participants can receive college credit for GAP Institute courses in care for God’s creation, migration and resettlement, food security and restorative justice.  Among the course instructors are Tim Geddert, BFL member and seminary faculty member, who provides some of the biblical theological reflections.

“Please consider who from your congregation or community should be encouraged to participate in this event designed to help us be more effective in living out Jesus' call to be instruments of love, peace and justice in a world of great need,” writes BFL chair Larry Nikkel in a letter to USMB pastors.

Nikkel also notes that there are substantial scholarships available to help cover the $300 registration cost and possibly funds for travel expenses related to the GAP Institute. Learn more about GAP here.

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