Reconciliation the Theme of WWU Peacemaking Weekend

May 4-5 Events at WWU and Downtown Walla Walla

By: Rosa Jimenez

John Webster

Walla Walla University is holding its second annual Peacemaking Weekend, May 4 and 5. All events are free and open to the public.

On Friday, May 4, WWU’s steel drum band will perform at 12:15 at Land Title Plaza in downtown Walla Walla.  WWU students will also present readings from world leaders.

On Saturday, May 5, John Webster, will present “Confessing the Truth: The Root of Reconciliation” at 10:30 a.m. in Room 117 of WWU’s Administration Building. Webster is dean of religion at the School of Religion at La Sierra University. Webster has worked as pastor, teacher, and administrator in South Africa. While serving as chairman of the Theology Department at Helderberg College in South Africa, Webster became involved with the work of the South African “Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”


Also on Saturday, Webster and a discussion panel will present “Confessing our Sins: The Route to Reconciliation,” at 4 p.m. in the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Panel participants include Darold Bigger, WWU professor of religion; Barbara Bigger, former WWU staff member; Pam Cress, professor of social work and sociology; and Atem Malak.

Malak is a pre-law WWU student from South Sudan, Africa. “I lived in a war country for most of my childhood. God has blessed in my journey to come and realize peace through forgiveness. When I was young, I didn't think whether I would ever forgive the people who have mistreated me. But through God’s help, I have forgiven them and I have let them know that I love them despite of what they did to me. I would love to share my experience with peacemakers and I hope that God speak to their hearts.”

In a world where international, national, and personal peace is fleeting, educational institutions need to be actively involved in the enterprise and process of making, and teaching how to make, peace,” says Pedrito Maynard-Reid, organizer of Peacemaking Weekend and ombudsman for WWU. “With these annual weekends of peacemaking Walla Walla University is strategically taking this task seriously.”

For more information about Peacemaking Weekend, email pedrito@wallawalla.edu or call 509-527-2028.

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