Peace Theology and Anabaptist-Mennonite Traditions

Exploring theology and cultural heritage within Amsterdam and around the world

Peace Theology and Anabaptist-Mennonite Traditions

This dynamic interdisciplinary minor in Peace Theology and Mennonite Studies offers a unique fusion of past and present. Take the opportunity to study rare primary sources and visit historical sites pertaining to the nearly 500-year-old history of Anabaptism in the Netherlands. Explore contemporary issues in peace and conflict studies with experts who are active as Mennonite representatives in today’s global peacebuilding networks. Offered by the specialist teaching team of Amsterdam’s Mennonite Seminary at VU Amsterdam, the courses in this minor explore themes and methodologies from Biblical studies, theology, history, cultural studies, peace and conflict studies, ethics, and philosophy.

Take a look at the schedule and course codes.

Programming is designed so that all courses fit within one semester, and all courses will be formatted so that they are recognized and accredited internationally. The language of instruction is English.

Philosophy and Ethics of Political Violence: Peace, War, and Terrorism [PACS, existing VU-wide interdisciplinary BA course] (Enns, Pacheco & Buijs)
In this course, students will learn about major ethical and philosophical positions concerning conflict, violence, non-violence, “just war,” and “just peace.” The course works from an interdisciplinary perspective, including methodologies from theology, political science, and philosophy.

Mennonite Studies: Themes in Theology, History, and Cultural Heritage (Schroeder)
Students will explore the socio-cultural heritage of Anabaptist and Mennonite traditions from a multi-disciplinary perspective, with an eye to the roles of theological conviction, social position, cultural life, and geo-political context in shaping key themes that have been part of Mennonite socio-theological identities over the centuries.

Peace and Justice in Biblical Perspective (Karrer)
This course focuses on key biblical texts that are often connected with themes of peace and peace theology. Students will analyse with violent stories and texts from the Bible and consider differences between biblical and contemporary concepts of “peace” and “justice.” How can these inspire our thinking today about restorative justice and sustainability?

The (Radical) Reformation: Anabaptists and other Minorities (Veen, Schroeder)
Students will learn about the theological tenets and historical origins of the Anabaptists, and other nonconformist religious minorities that spread around Europe in the sixteenth century. The early years of Anabaptist-Mennonite development will be contextualized in relation to the broader socio-political developments and religious reformations of the era.

Identity and Emancipation – Practical Ethics in Pastoral Care (van Trostwijk, van Hulst)
The student will be able to explore themes of emancipation, spirituality, religion, liberation, peace, authenticity, and identity as these relate to development of Christian identity in a postmodern world. The course will explore contemporary themes in practical pastoral care, and spiritual development from the vantage points of philosophy, theology, and ethics.

Registration for this minor is now possible. There are no conditions for admissions, all Bachelor's students are welcome.

If you wish to take this minor and you don’t study at the Faculty of Religion and Theology of VU Amsterdam, you do require the approval of the Examination Board of your own study programme.

Admission and registration
More information about Admission and Registration (Dutch: Aanmelden voor een minor).

Foreign students currently not studying at a Dutch university see the page Semester in Amsterdam.

From mid-July onwards, you can register for the courses within the minor.

For more information, please contact the coordinator of this minor:

Dr Nina Schroeder

Skills for employment market

  • Critical reading and primary source analysis skills
  • Academic writing proficiency
  • Interreligious dialogue
  • Intercultural communication
  • Historical background in church history and cultural studies suitable for further specialized academic study
  • Conflict resolution theory and practical knowledge
  • Expertise in Mennonite Studies suitable for students wishing to pursue further graduate studies in this field
  • Specialist knowledge of Mennonite theology, suitable for those wishing to pursue further theological studies or become qualified to work as a minister within the global Mennonite church

Overview Peace Theology and Anabaptist-Mennonite Traditions




1 semester (30 EC)


September 1st


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