Ep. 1: – APF History & Mission

Our first episode is an oral history of the Adventist Peace Fellowship. Host Jeff Boyd interviews APF’s co-founders, two professors who were also the first two directors. The episode consists of two Skype interviews that have been edited together to form one not-quite-seamless conversation.

Douglas Morgan photoDouglas Morgan is a historian and professor at Washington Adventist University. He has a PhD from Chicago University in the history of Christianity, with an emphasis in American religious and social movements. His work has focused on peacemakers in the Adventist and broader Christian heritage. In 2001, he helped co-found the Adventist Peace Fellowship, publishing its online content for several years and editing a small book of essays and historical documents entitled The Peacemaking Remnant. He is the author of Adventism and the American Republic: The Public Involvement of a Major Apocalyptic Movement (University of Tennessee, 2001) and a recent biography of an Adventist advocate of racial justice and social change, Lewis C. Sheafe (Review and Herald, 2010).

Ron OsbornRonald E. Osborn is a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley College and was a 2015 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar. He has a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Southern California. He is the author of Anarchy and Apocalypse (Cascade Books, 2010), which explores dilemmas of violence, just war, and pacifism. His second book, Death Before the Fall (IVP Academic, 2014), critiques fundamentalist readings of Scripture and wrestles with questions of divine goodness in the light of harrowing realities of animal suffering. In 2001, he helped to co-found the Adventist Peace Fellowship and served as its director from 2011 to 2015.


2:45 Brief description of the Adventist Peace Fellowship

4:08 Launching the APF

6:27 Historic Adventist documents (link)

10:24 APF stance on pacifism (statement)

19:45 Actions of the APF, Part 1 (Morgan)

23:41 Current challenges & opportunities of the APF, Part 1 (Morgan)

27:20 Expansion of focus in 2011 (Campaigns)

37:49 Official statements/stances of the APF

40:30 Actions of the APF, Part 2 (Osborn) (Peace Church network, university chapters)

43:10 Challenges and opportunities, Part 2 (Osborn)

46:00 Considering the future

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MUSIC: “Green Fields” by Scott Holmes, via Free Music Archive.

DISCLAIMER: Adventist Peace Fellowship is an independent 501c3 non-profit organization that supports work for peacemaking and social justice building upon the values of the Seventh-day Adventist tradition. We are not part of, affiliated with, or supported by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists or any affiliates known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Any content, opinions, statements, products or services offered by Adventist Peace Fellowship, are solely those of our organization, and not those of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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