The Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence enables learners to serve humanity through compassionate and empathic action that leads to progressive, purposeful change.
Central Seminary is dedicated to promoting peace and nonviolence through initiatives that extend beyond traditional academic programs. In May 2018, Central Seminary launched The Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence to strengthen our efforts to promote sustainable peace through collaborative partnerships. The Buttry Center is named after Dan and Sharon Buttry, who worked as Global Peace Consultants for International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches, USA. In 2009, Dr. Buttry was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Central Seminary in recognition of his efforts to promote global peace.
Since its inception, the Buttry Center has offered students education, training, and other opportunities to resolve conflict and promote peace. If you want to join our mission and discuss how we can work together to create a more just world, contact us today.
The Buttry Center's mission is to "theologically engage, educate, and connect people of faith for seeking justice, nurturing peace, and caring for creation."
We pursue this mission by focusing on the following core values:
Our core values recognize that sustainable peace cannot be maintained unless it is rooted in seeking justice through nonviolent means. Ecojustice and creation care are emphasized to protect the earth and create harmony with the world around us. Collaborative partnerships and interreligious cooperation are necessary to turn dialogue into action with other religious groups.
To fulfill this mission, the Buttry Center continually works to create resources and organize events that promote these values to Central Seminary students, individuals, and faith communities. Through these efforts, participants can expand their biblical, theological, and theoretical education, while building practical skills that translate this new knowledge into action.
The Buttry Center also directly supports the academic mission of our degree programs. The peacemaking offerings are directed towards students enrolled in the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree with peacemaking emphasis. The focus on social and environmental justice directly contributes to the justice and personhood threads included in the Master of Divinity curriculum.
We cannot promote peace and nonviolence in today’s world without looking honestly at the injustice faced by African Americans who are too often oppressed through systemic racism. We hope to use our resources at the Buttry Center to activate our advocacy for racial justice. As we continue to listen to minority voices and learn from their experiences, we can improve our ability to create positive, lasting change that results in equality for oppressed minorities and communities.
If you are interested in learning how you can become involved with the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence, contact us today. We invite people of all faiths to join us in our mission to actively promote nonviolent solutions to today’s most pressing issues. We hope you will be a part of our mission to heal our world through conflict transformation and spiritual practice.