We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come./  Peace./  Come and fill us and our world with your majesty./  We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,/ Implore you to stay awhile with us/ So we may learn by your shimmering light/ How to look beyond complexion and see community.

-Maya Angelou


"We have inherited a large house, a great 'world house' in which we have to live together--black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu--a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.  We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing'-oriented society to a 'person'-oriented society.  When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.  We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.  This may well be humanity's last chance to choose between chaos and community."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, 1967

About the Program

The broad scope of peace is illustrated not only by Maya Angelou's poem "Amazing Peace: A Celebration," but also by Loyola's promise to prepare our students to lead extraordinary lives.  Peace Studies encompasses all five aspects of our promise that are outlined in our strategic plan.  Our commitment to excellence leads to "new ideas, better solutions and vital answers."  Scholars and religious leaders across the ages, ranging from Jesus to Buddha to Fox, Gandhi, and Thich Nhat Hanh, have taught (or tried to teach) lessons of peace, and we clearly need to apply these ideas to achieve vital answers.  Our commitment to service that promotes justice and to the pursuit of truth and care for others are necessary steps on the path to peace and a peaceful world.  Our commitment to values-based leadership and to global awareness reflect crucial components of work for peace.  Finally, our commitment to faith in God and the religious experience is inextricably linked to the centrality of peace to most, if not all, major religions.