Since announcing in 2015 that Simsbury, CT-based Plowshares Institute would close, founders Alice and Bob Evans have chosen to continue the institute’s legacy as an agent of change around the world through several substantial gifts to Hartford Seminary, including $85,170 that was donated in the fall of 2016.
In 2015, Plowshares provided a three-year grant to sponsor two students involved in Christian-Muslim peacemaking each year. These Plowshares Peacemaking Fellows participate in Hartford Seminary’s International Peacemaking Program (IPP), a year-long scholarship opportunity that trains students from areas around the world facing interreligious conflict in interfaith dialogue and peacemaking skills.
The Plowshares Fellows are selected from candidates who have leadership skills and constructive experience with conflicts in their country of origin and deep commitment to directly apply their new skills and insights to their country or region upon return. Candidates from countries where Plowshares has recently focused its peacemaking education work — South Africa, China and northern India — are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants for the Plowshares Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year are encouraged to visit this link for more information.
Plowshares also donated $90,000 to start an endowment fund – the Bob and Alice Evans Plowshares Fund for Peacemaking Enrichment – to provide additional opportunities for the Seminary’s peacemaking students to study and practice peacemaking skills. The $85,170 donated in fall 2016 will add to that fund.
“In such a divided world and country we have seldom been more in need of this type of ‘applied peace building,'” Bob Evans said. “Please join the Plowshares staff and Board in this creative commitment in collaboration with Hartford Seminary.”
Plowshares has asked its donors to continue to support its mission by giving to Hartford Seminary’s programs, including the IPP. Donors who wish to do so can write a check to Hartford Seminary (designate “Bob and Alice Evans Plowshares Fund for Peacemaking Enrichment” or “Plowshares gift” in the memo line) and send to:
77 Sherman St.
Hartford, CT 06105
Other options for donating are available on our Giving Page.