Practical Peacebuilding Conference Opens with Keynote by the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald


The General Theological Seminary and Candler School of Theology are sponsoring the Practical Peacebuilding program being held at The Tutu Center on the GTS campus. The program opened on January 9 with a keynote from the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, the Anglican Church of Canada's first indigenous bishop. Continuing through January 12, the program is designed for all, clergy and lay, who are interested in learning practical skills in peacebuilding. Led by renowned Candler faculty, the program includes time with practitioners, both in the classroom and during field trips.

Along with keynotes and classes, special liturgies are being held. The Morning Prayer services are contemplative and thematically oriented towards themes of peacebuilding and reconciliation. The Holy Eucharist, with Bp. MacDonald preaching, includes readings and prayers for First Nations traditions, and the Thanksgiving for Creation and Redemption from The New Zealand Prayer Book.

More information in the Practical Peacebuilding program can be found at:

About Mark MacDonald As National Indigenous Bishop, The Rt. Rev. MacDonald serves as pastoral leader to the Indigenous Peoples in the Anglican Church of Canada. Members include people of the First Nations, among them the Inuit of the Arctic regions, the Métis and others of mixed heritage. Prior to assuming this office in 2007, MacDonald served 10 years as Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Diocese of Alaska and in numerous other ministerial positions in Canada and the United States.