UFV, Mennonite group formalize relationship

University and Mennonite Faith and Learning Society sign memorandum of understanding.

  • Nov. 16, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Mennonite Faith and Learning Society president James Nikkel and UFV president Mark Evered signed a memorandum of understanding.

The University of the Fraser Valley and the Mennonite Faith and Learning Society (MFLS) have formalized a relationship that has already resulted in significant achievements over the past six years.

The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) during a gathering at Friesen House, the residence of UFV President Mark Evered.

Since 2009 the MFLS has aided the development and delivery of UFV’s certificate program in Mennonite Studies and a centre to support this work. This new agreement brings a renewed commitment to partnership, especially in the development of UFV’s new multidisciplinary and multi-faith program in Peace and Conflict Studies.

The evening was enriched by contributions from members of several faith communities who joined the MFLS in their support for this work. Donations for the new program have come from members of a number of faiths and cultures and have already exceeded half a million dollars.

“There is much we can learn from Anabaptist-Mennonite values, thought, and history,” said Evered. “We are extremely grateful to the members of the Mennonite community for their commitment to share their knowledge, understanding, and financial support for this vital work.”

“The Mennonite Faith and Learning Society is indeed pleased and privileged to be part of the UFV Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies program, which reflects a core value of the Anabaptist-Mennonite heritage,” said James Nikkel, MFLS president.

UFV is awaiting approval from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education for its proposed Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies. In addition to analyzing conflict and approaches to peace in the classroom, students will develop practical skills and gain hands-on experience in conflict transformation and reconciliatory work in the Fraser Valley.

Professor Steven Schroeder was recently named teaching chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at UFV.

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