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The Nagel Institute - Gospel & Culture Seminar Leadership

Robert A. Evans

Robert A. Evans is the founder and Executive Director of Plowshares Institute, which is committed to education, research, and dialogue for a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world community. He studied at the Universities of Yale, Edinburgh, Berlin, and Basel, and received his doctorate from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in New York. He is the author, co-author, and/or editor of a dozen books, including Globalization of Theological Education, Human Rights: A Dialogue between the First and Third Worlds, and Pastoral Theology from a Global Perspective. An ordained Presbyterian pastor, Bob Evans has served congregations in the U.S. and Europe and as a professor in universities and seminaries in New York, Chicago, Uganda, Fiji, and Hartford. He leads intensive traveling seminars for government, business, and religious leaders to Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and he conducts national and international seminars on skills training in community conflict transformation on five continents.

Alice Frazer Evans

Alice Frazer Evans is the Director of Writing and Research at Plowshares Institute; Senior Trainer for Empowering for Reconciliation and Peace, a Jakarta-based NGO; adjunct faculty at Hartford Seminary; and an elder in an inner city United Presbyterian Church. She was the co-director of the Association for Case Teaching for more than twenty years and is the author, co-author and/or editor of a number of casebooks on global issues including Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach, Pedagogies for the Non-Poor and Peace Skills for Community Mediators. More recently she has focused on international curriculum development with special attention to the use of case studies in conflict resolution documentation and training. She studied at Agnes Scott College, Edinburgh University and the University of Wisconsin.

Bob and Alice Evans work together nationally and internationally in the field of mediation with a special focus on empowering community leaders to address local and national conflicts. The Evans coordinated a five-year pilot program, Empowering for Reconciliation with Justice (ERJ), with South African partners from 1991 – 1995 in preparation for that nation’s first “all race” election. In recognition of the long-term impact of this program, some members of the South African Parliament nominated Plowshares and its directors for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Members of governing bodies in other nations where Plowshares has worked, including members of the U.S. Congress, supported this nomination with letters of commendation.

The Evans are currently coordinating multi-year programs with Indonesia’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights in Aceh Province and with the Department of Research and Development in several provinces. The Evans have served for the past two years as international advisors to the Commission of Truth and Friendship, which are seeking to reconcile historic differences between two nations- Indonesia and the world’s newest independent nation, Timor-Leste. The commissioners, appointed by their respective presidents, are seeking to discern the truth about the massive violations of human rights both before and after the UN-sponsored referendum for the independence of East Timor in 1999.

Judo Poerwowidagdo

Judo Poerwowidagdo, the current president of CAAA will be a co-facilitator of this project. Judo is also well respected within Christian academic circles in Asia as the former President of Duta Wacana University in Yogyakarta and Krida Wacana Christian University in Jakarta and is the current President of the Asian Christian Educators Association. He is also the Founding President of the Center for Empowering Reconciliation and Peace in Jakarta and Yogyakarta. Judo, a well known Asian Theologian and church leader, lives in Yogyakarta with his wife Timur who is a practicing and prominent artist.


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