Global conflicts, droughts, rampant consumerism, borders, walls, climate change, and poverty: how do we respond to these issues?! Global Anabaptist Peacebuilders are young adults from across the country who gather for a week to learn what it means as an Anabaptist to follow Christ in an increasingly interconnected world. Learning at GAP Institute takes place in the context of the Central Valley of California, a living laboratory of globalization ripe with opportunities to learn. The GAP Institute provides you with the opportunity to venture out of the classroom and experience the world around you, giving you tools to take back to your own communities. Courses are designed to invite you to engage in modern issues from theological, economic, and environmental perspectives. Field trips, activities, and hands-on experiences make engaging difficult issues exciting and meaningful, and give participants the framework to take action.
*If you need financial assistance please contact GAP Coordinator Thomas Adlard.
GAP is designed for students ages 18-26.
Students are welcome to participate in GAP Institute twice for a second course.
GAP is on-site at Fresno Pacific University with lodging and food included.
Registration due date: Open until courses filled
GAP Courses: University Credit for Courses is Available
Advocating for Social Justice - Participants will be taught advocacy skills that will allow them to approach a complex political system and join others in affecting domestic and international policy.
Migration and Resettlement – Participants will learn about diverse people groups in the Central Valley of California through their migration story and cultural history with the goal of understanding practical ways of loving and supporting the immigrant community.
Creation Care – Participants will study the environmental impacts of human society through field trips and hands-on experience apprehending a broad understanding of global environmental issues.
Restorative Justice – Participants will be introduced to the concept and principles of restorative justice through practical mediation training, visiting advocates of restorative justice within the local justice system, and exploring its historical and theological roots.