Russian international peacemaker Marina Shishova will give a public presentation on her work at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Coulter Lecture Hall of the Coulter Science Center on the campus of Westminster College.
Sponsored by The Churchill Institute and Emerson Center for Leadership & Service as a part of their Global Leaders in Residence Program, the presentation entitled "My Life as a Peacemaker" is free and open to the public.
"Two years ago we welcomed a Romanian peacemaker and this past year a peacemaker from Indonesia," says Dr. Bob Hansen, Executive Director of the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service. "Marina is a major leader in peacemaking efforts in Russia and will offer great insight into the challenges and successes they are experiencing in her country."
Shishova will spend Thursday afternoon and all day Friday on campus visiting students and classes and interacting with campus organizations.
She is President of the Interchurch Partnership of St. Petersburg, a researcher at the Orthodox Institute for Missiology and Ecumenism (PIMEN) and a former member of the Executive Committee of Pax Christi International.
Before working at the Interchurch Partnership, she was coordinator of educational programs for the Russian Christian Institute of Humanities.
Shishova is also involved in the project "Christianity, Poverty and Wealth in the Twentieth Century," sponsored by Aprodev and the World Council of Churches and a member of the Advisory Council of the Peace Education Standing Commission of Religions for Peace.
She has played a major role in projects such as the 2002 and 2003 Peace Weeks in St. Petersburg and was elected to serve on the Pac Christi International Executive Committee in 2004.
Shishova is coming to campus as a part of the International Peacemaker Program sponsored by the Presbyterian Church USA.