Below is a compendium of academic resources related to Peacebuilding.

CRS in the Field

Pursuing Just Peace: An Overview and Case Studies for Faith-Based Peacebuilders: Mark M. Rogers, Tom Bamat and Julie Ideh 2008

Pursuing Just Peace is a practical resource for CRS staff and its church and secular partners. It also addresses a wider community of peacebuilding practitioners and those grappling with injustice and conflict. Seven case studies describe concrete initiatives within highly diverse contexts and with a variety of organizations, approaches and entry points in peacebuilding.

CRS Peacebuilding

This website provides information and resources about CRS programs surrounding peacebuilding. 

Peacebuilding: a Caritas Training Manual by Caritas Internationalis 2002.

Seeks to provide trainers in peacebuilding with a broad range of ideas, resources and materials to enhance and develop their skills in this critical area.

Reflective Peacebuilding: a Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit by Hal Culbertson, John Paul Lederach, Reina Neufeldt, The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame and Catholic Relief Services 2007

The toolkit explores the connections between learning and effective peacebuilding practice, and suggest practices for reflection and learning as individuals and communities. It looks at ethical considerations, the types of change that peacebuilding practice promotes, and tools to further understand change and develop indicators to trace those changes over time.

Peacebuilding 101 by Hedley Abernethy, CRS

Introduce students to the basic concepts of Peacebuilding such as the difference between peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding; conflict as a force for change; and the connected actors and activities of building peace.


The Peace Media Clearinghouse

The Peace Media Clearinghouse is a web-based collection of key audio and visual resources and best practices related to conflict management. It is a joint project of the US Institute of Peace Center of Innovation for Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding, and Georgetown Universitys Conflict Resolution Program.

Pax Christi

Pax Christi USA is a section of Pax Christi International, the Catholic peace movement, which strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence.

Community of SantEgidio

In the understanding that the Community of SantEgidio has progressively developed, conflict and poverty are increasingly intimately linked. In the last ten years the Community of SantEgidio has become increasingly well known on the international level for its contribution to peacebuilding in the world.

Journal Articles

McNeal, Patricia. Origins of the Catholic Peace Movement. The Review of Politics 35, no. 3 (1973): 346-374.

The work provides an overview of the roots of the Catholic peace movement.

Catholic Popular Media

Lederach, John Paul. Moral Imagination: A Journey of Practical Conflict Transformation. Part 1, Part 2Part 3.

Hosted by the Regis University Campus Lecture Series, these ten-minute YouTube videos feature peacebuilding stories told by noted academic Dr. John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding from Notre Dame University.

CRS Peace-Building in East Timor, Philippines. America, 19 Dec. 2005, 7.

This short work provides a snapshot of information about Maria Ida Giguiento, a CRS associate, as she leads peace building efforts in East Timor and the Philippines.

Love, Maryann Cusimano. Building Peace. America, 31 Mar. 2008, 8.

This article discusses the direction of peacebuilding and the important roles of faith, military and non-military institutions can play.

Cornell, Tom. How Catholics Began to Speak Their Peace. Claretian

This short work provides an overview of the roots of the Catholic peace movement.

Abernethy, Hedley. Building Peace It Really Is about Thinking Globally, Acting Locally Catholic Campus Ministry Association, Crossroads spring 2009.

This piece by CRS Staffer, Hedley Abernethy, offers a usable overview and introduction to peacebuilding.

PBS Video. Building Peace in Israel and Palestine, 2009.

This brief video interview explores the relationship between an Israeli and a Palestinian working together for peace in Israel and Palestine.


McNeal, Patricia. Harder than War: Catholic Peacemaking in Twentieth Century America. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1992.

This book traces the Catholic peace movement from 1928 to 1972 including pastoral letters, responses to Vietnam, observations concerning the shift in political opinion within the Church and the success and failures of the movement with respect of Unites States policy.

Artisans of Peace: Grassroots Peacemaking Among Christian Communities. Edited by Mary Ann Cejka and Thomas Bamat. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003.

This book presents a series of case studies on the approaches and challenges of grassroots peacemaking in seven different countries as researched by the Center for Mission and Research at Maryknoll.

Williams, Sue; Steve Williams, Richard Smith, Jawed Ludin, Dekha Ibrahim Abdi, Simon Fisher Working with Conflict: Skills and Strategies for Action,  Zed Books, 2000.

A manual for practitioners in the field.

Nouwen, Henri J. The Road to Peace. Edited by John Dear, S.J.. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1998.

Nouwens writings emphasize the Christian call to peace including his personal reflections of his participation in March on Selma in 1965, the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr., experiences in the LArche community and the legacies of Oscar Romero and Thomas Merton.

Lederach, John Paul Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies. Washington D.C.: US Institute of Peace, 1997

An informative analysis of peacebuilding theory and its application to practice.

Fahey, Joseph J., War and the Christian Conscience: Where Do You Stand? Maryknoll N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2005.

A comprehensive analysis of many of the reasons cited for legitimating or opposing the need to go to war with a final challenge to the reader Where do you stand?

Kleiderer, John, Paula Minaert and Mark Mossa Just War, Lasting Peace: What Christian Traditions Can Teach Us. Maryknoll N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2006.

An understanding of just war as well as an exploration of how to overcome terrorism.

Schirch, Lisa The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding. Intercourse, Pa: Good Books, 2004

An accessible outline of many of the key components that go to make up the body of work that is peacebuilding theory and practice.

Catholic Social Teaching & Thought

Second Vatican Council. Dogmatic Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, 7 Dec 1965.

An essential document for those exploring Catholic peace building. The documents discussion of peace is divided into three parts: a theology of peace (77-78), restrictions on war (79-82) and the conclusion of the theology of peace (83-90).

Pope John XXIII. Peace on Earth ,Pacem in Terris. 1963.

In conjunction with Gaudium et Spes , Pacem in Terris is the root of modern Catholic scholarship on the topic of peace. The pope calls all people to become peacemakers using positive theology of peace where individual conscience plays an integral role as the foundation for peace.

Pope Benedict XVI. World Day of Peace Message, 2009

The Holy Fathers annual message, with a specific focus this year on fighting poverty to bring peace.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Challenge of Peace: Gods Promise and Our Response. Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1983.

The seminal work of the US Bishops statement on peace.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Harvest of Justice is Sown in Peace. Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1993.

This statement provides a reflection on the tenth anniversary of The Challenge of Peace.