The following essays by Jon Armajani, Suha Naimy, Wilbert van Saane, Paul Haidostian, and Mary Dana Hinton were presented at the conference “Religion, Politics, and Peacemaking” that took place on the campus of Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota in October 2018. The conference’s co-sponsors were the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at Saint John’s University, the Department of Peace Studies of the College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University, and Haigazian University, with funding provided by the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota.

The essays approach religion, politics, and peacemaking from several disciplinary perspectives including Arabic Language and Literature, Armenian Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Literary Studies, Middle East Studies, Peace Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theology. The essays address their topics keeping in mind the causes, mitigating factors, and peaceful approaches to conflicts in the modern and contemporary periods. One commonality of these essays is the idea that Christianity can be a meaningful framework for understanding peace and engaging in peacemaking.