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Our Team

Prof. Dr.

Fernando Enns

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Andrés

Pacheco Lozano

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Fernando's research focuses on peace and justice from a theological and ethical perspective. Being rooted in a peace-church tradition himself and educated as a systematic theologian in the Christian tradition, Fernando trys to address the issues of peace and justice in a dialogical manner: in dialogue with other Christian traditions (ecumenical), with other religions (inter-religious) and non-believers as well as with other disciplines (inter-disciplinary). 

 

This creates new wisdom for peace-building and transformative justice in praxis. Along that line of thought, the challenges and opportunities of and for processes of reconciliation become predominant, as well as the search for spiritual roots within the faith traditions to pursue a just peace.

His involvement in international ecumenical settings, like the World Council of Churches, continues to stimulate his research and put it to test in that intercultural and public arena.

Bibliography Prof. Dr F. Enns

Andrés Pacheco Lozano is the Assistant to the Chair of Peace-Theology and Ethics, and serves as a Research Associate in the Amsterdam Center for Religion and Peace and Justice Studies (ACRPJ). He is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Andrés contributes to the organization and convening of different research groups, as well as assisting in the one-year Master Specialization program on “Peace, Trauma, and Religion” at the VU-Faculty. His research focusses on the challenge of reconciliation in Colombia, which has become an issue of special importance as a result of the “peace negotiations” and the “peace-accord” between the FARC guerilla group and the Colombian government.

In addition to his involvement with the ACRPJ, Andrés is serving as Acting Coordinator of the emerging Global Anabaptist-Mennonite Peace Network (GAPN) in collaboration with the Peace Commission of Mennonite World Conference (MWC).

Andrés is originally from Colombia. Being a member of the Mennonite Church, he has worked with different faith-based organizations and communities on nonviolence and peacebuilding in different locations of Colombia. More recently, he has currently he has served as a consultant at several conferences of the World Council of Churches.

Daniel Serrano-Bernal is the Assistant of the Amsterdam Centre for Religion and Peace & Justice Studies (ACRPJ). He is currently a Master student in Theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Research Master, Specialization in "Peace, Trauma, Religion"). In his work for the Amsterdam Centre for Religion and Peace & Justice Studies, Daniel contributes to the organization and convening of different research groups, as well as assisting the one-year Master Specialization program on "Peace, Trauma, Religion" at the Faculty of Religion and Theology. 

 

Daniel is originally from Colombia. At the Colombian National Centre of Historic Memory (Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica-CNMH), he worked as transcriber and researcher in the National Report on Sexual Violence within the Colombian Conflict (La Guerra Inscrita en el Cuerpo). His research is focused on the different "Masculinities" in Colombia and its impact on the escalation of the conflict, studying the paramilitary violence against women and LGBTI persons. As a member of the Mennonite Church, he has been involved in activities like "Moment for Peace" organized by the Mennonite Church of Teusaquillo, Bogotá.

As a secretary Vera assists and supports the Mennonite Seminary and the Amsterdam Center for Religion and Peace & Justice Studies in the broadest sense: Vera gives secretarial support to the board, staff, students and the Commission for postgraduate education, beside that Vera assists in activities of the Seminary and the Center.

Daniel

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Vera Kok

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Maria is the student assistant for the ACRPJ. Maria is from Bogotá-Colombia, has a B.A. in Political Science, and a M.A. International Cooperation and Project Management for Development.  Maria has worked for nearly ten years with various churches in Colombia for their political advocacy in peacebuilding issues. Some of the organizations where Maria has worked are: The Ecumenical Group of Women Peacebuilders (GemPaz); Mennonite Association for the Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action (Justapaz); and Association Social Pact Colombia.

 

Currently, Maria is aquiring a Research Master in Theology & Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma, and Religion Specialization at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam.  Maria works as volunteer at the Amsterdam Centre for Religion and Peace and Justice Studies by participating in ACRPJ meetings, department meetings, research group meetings or research seminars; among others things.

Schuyler is the website administrator for the ACRPJ.

 

Schuyler is from the United States, has a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies, and a M.A. in Theology and Religious Studies: Peace, Trauma, and Religion. 

 

Some of the organizations Schuyler has worked with are Musahala in Jerusalem, I-Dare for Sustainable Development in Amman, Jordan, and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Zagreb, Croatia.

 

Currently, Schuyler is acquiring a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Rita
Cruz
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Seth Adzokatse

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Maria
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Schuyler Pals

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Rita Cruz is a student intern for the ACRPJS. Rita holds a BA in Management Cultural Tourism and is currently a student on the Master of International Studies at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE) in Portugal. She enrolled at VU to do a Minor in Peace and Conflicts since she wants to do that her expertise. Currently, she has been working on her master thesis, with the topic of the Peace Building process in Colombia, on the reintegration of ex-combatants (FARC) into society to maintain peace. 

Rita's research and work focus on: International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Reintegration of Former Combatants, DDR (Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration) and Reconciliation.

Seth Adzokatse is a student intern for the ACRPJS. Seth is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and holds a Bachelor of Theology from the  Trinity Theological Seminary(TTS) in Ghana. Seth is working on his Thesis for a Master in Peace Security International Development and Conflict Transformation at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. He is currently a Research Master candidate in Religion and Theology student at VU FRT.  Seth's experience includes  Pastoral leadership, Ecumenical Partnerships, Prison Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care for African "Victims" of  Human Trafficking.

Seth research and work focuses on:

Religion in Peace and Conflict studies, Religion in Slavery and Trafficking, Multi-track Peace Mediation  Leadership, and Missions and Ecumenical Partnerships.