I am currently the Peacemaker-in-Residence for Elizabethtown College’s Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking as well as professor of Peace and Conflict Studies.



With more than more than twenty five years of working and learning in 30 countries in Asia and Africa, I have focused my efforts at peacebuilding and conflict transformation on a grass roots communities and middle-out leadership. See www.PeaceBuildingGlobal.com for a complete list of my experience.


I have an MA in Religion with a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite Seminary/University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I recently earned a Teaching for Higher Education Certificate from Temple University. I have a BA in International Development, an AA in Industrial Arts and Minor in Communications from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.


Key lines of inquiry in my work at this moment are;

   • subtle energy, imagination and creativity in nonviolent approaches to change;

   • interconnectedness of all things;

   • art as a means of conveying the complexities of conflict;

   • detachment, observation and non-judgment in creating dialogue space.


I have worked for/with; Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA), CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Catholic Relief Service, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Interfaith Center Conciliation and Nonviolence, Institute for Global Engagement, Ka-ili-Yan Peacebuilding Institute, Lingana Foundation, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Disaster Service, Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, On Earth Peace, Oxfam GB, Oxfam Novib, United States Institute of Peace, University of Hargeisa, VS Networks


African work experience includes the following countries: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Asian work experience includes the following countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Iran, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam


*Regular blogging on my trips to Africa and Asia are found at: http://facultysites.etown.edu/rudyje/blog/


* Older blogging thoughts at: http://www.jonsjourneyswithpeace.blogspot.com/