Plowshares Institute funds two international Plowshares Peacemaking Fellows
For three decades, the Plowshares Institute cultivated global peace through mediation, case-based conflict transformation training, and intensive international travel seminars. In late 2014, co-founders Robert and Alice Evans and the Plowshares Board of directors decided to culminate the organization’s work through a set of special grants to selected international partners to empower and sustain their peace education initiatives. The Plowshares Peacemaking Fellows program at Hartford Seminary is the product of one of these grants, enabling promising young peacemakers from countries where Plowshares has been at work to participate in the Seminary’s International Peacemaking Program.
Plowshares Institute was known internationally as a leader in transformative education. Over the course of its existence, the organization served as consultants for national and international peace commissions, parliaments and community organizations on five continents; partnered with social justice and peace organizations internationally to train religious, community and government leaders in creative conflict intervention, mediation skills and to build networks of local trainers; and developed global understanding focused on north-south relationships through transformative travel seminars.
Plowshares was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of the South African parliament for conflict transformation training programs in the 1990s and empowering leaders to work together. Plowshares Institute conducted similar training in more than 30 countries, including a three-year program with urban leaders in ten cities in the United States. In its final years, the organization focused its efforts on China, northeast India and South Africa. Throughout its history, Plowshares made valuable and sustainable impact by leveraging its expertise in innovative mediation methodologies, especially the use of local case studies, its extensive international experience, and mutually beneficial partnerships with change agents around the world.
Two of the scholarships in the International Peacemaking Program are funded by Plowshares, and are designated as Plowshares Peacemaking Fellowships. International students with demonstrated experience in and potential for interfaith dialogue and leadership are invited to apply. Participation in the program assumes a commitment to return home and put newly acquired skills to use. The application process is the same as for all applicants to the International Peacemaking Program.