Justice and Peacemaking Interview: Students will conduct a telephone, Zoom, or e

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Justice and Peacemaking Interview: Students will conduct a telephone, Zoom, or email interview with a leader in a religious or secular nonprofit organization that works for justice- related concerns (i.e., immigration, domestic violence, gun control, racial justice, at-risk shelter for teens, etc.) and write an 800-word essay that integrates the themes from the assigned readings and/or videos with the interview responses. You may choose a local, regional, or national person to interview about the role of spirituality for their work in peace and justice OR you may do independent research at the CSS Library of a famous person engaged in justice and peacemaking that relates to your chosen theme for your final AV synthesis learning project (detailed instructions for the research option are below). The references do not count as part of the 800 words.
Before you conduct the interview, make sure to carefully review the website of the organization the interviewee works for so that you are familiar with the overall background and focus of the work. (The website may answer some of the suggested questions, so the interview time can focus on content not included in the website.) Write an 800-word synthesis of the highlights of the interview. Include parenthetical references to at least three different assigned readings to show an academic connection from the content we are covering in class to the practical expression through peace and justice in the interviewee’s particular context.
Sample Zoom Interview: Here is a sample interview that was conducted by Kris Norris of Dr. Boursier. https://youtu.be/PK5tNzoGsFo The interview theme/focus in this sample interview is the role of the interfaith community in working for peace and justice with immigration, so the questions did not cover the spirituality component which is the focus for the TRS 1420 interview. The sample interview shows how the interviewer asks open ended questions and then lets the interviewee (Dr. B in this case) share. The content of this Zoom interview also is

applicable and relevant as a source for the role of community for peace and justice work, a theme that is part of the Peace and Justice Synthesis of Learning AV Final Project.
Use the following questions to guide your interview, but remember to review the website first to see what information you can learn before the interview:
Questions: Interviews with Staff and Volunteers at Peace & Justice Organizations
1. Please state your name, the organization you (work/volunteer) with and your title there.
2. Can you tell me about how your organization works for peace and justice? What form of
service/ministry do you provide—direct care, hospitality, organizing, policy advocacy,
etc.?
3. Which congregations or religious groups, if any, does your organization connect with in
your peace and justice work?
4. How did your organization begin or develop as an intentionally peace and justice
organization?
5. What do you see as being important about the peace and justice nature of your
organization and the work it does?
6. Why do you feel it’s important to (aid/advocate for) peace and justice in the way that you
do?
7. What is the biggest challenge you and/or your organization have in your particular aspect
in working for peace and justice?
8. What do you feel is the most effective form of public education, advocacy, and/or
witness? Why?
9. Why do you think others in your organization, such as colleagues, volunteers, or
supporters, choose to do this work?

10. Do you see similarities in the way that you or your organization connects to people across religious and/or national boundaries?
11. Are there similarities in how you think of your work with people who are of a different nationality and perhaps different experiences than you, and people who are of different religious backgrounds than you?
12. What is your view about spirituality and its role in peace and justice?
13. How does spirituality impact your personal humanitarian work for peace and justice?
14. What gives you hope and encouragement to sustain you in your work for peace and
justice.
15. How does spirituality shape your concerns, goals, structure, and/or practices for peace
and justice?
16. Do you engage with the religious and/or spiritual lives of the people with whom you
work? If so, when, where, how, and in what context or capacity?
17. Are there significant differences between these kinds of connections – with people of
different nationality and of different religion?
18. How do you understand the relationship between religious communities and
government/nation-states?
19. What is the role of religious groups in engaging states/governments for peace and justice?
20. What is your parting advice for someone who is interested in becoming more involved in
working for peace and justice?
Peace & Justice Interview Synthesis Submission Includes:
Write a thesis statement that specifies the main point you will make about the person you interview and the work they do for peace and justice. Write a short introduction paragraph. Add

the thesis statement so it is the last sentence in the opening paragraph. Then write the body of the paper. Include an analysis section where you engage at least three of the academic sources we have already covered for class, bringing these in as conversation partners in your analysis of the interview (or research) synthesis. Write a short summary for the closing paragraph. Submit the paper following MLA (or APA) guidelines: typed, double-spaced, 12-point size, Times New Roman font, 1″ margins, and free of grammatical and spelling errors. Format the works cited reference list as “hanging text” in alphabetical order (with the A’s at the top and the Zs at the bottom). Here is a brilliant “how-to” video regarding how to format a Works Cited page in Google Docs. The overall settings to create the “hanging text” apply to MLA and APA. (The source below also is cited using MLA, it also serves as an example of how to cite a Y ouTube video using MLA.)
AmodtHo, Andria. “Formatting an MLA Works Cited Page in Google Docs.” YouTube. YouTube, 17 March 2016. Web. 7April 2022. https://youtu.be/L0XVFFz_AFU.
The paper should include the following elements:
1. Heading per MLA (or cover sheet per APA).
2. Introduction with thesis statement.
3. Body of the paper: Give a synthesis of the interview and include the role of spirituality of
the person you interviewed with their work in peace and justice.
4. Brief analysis that engages at least three of the academic sources we have already
covered in class.
5. Summary paragraph that connects back to your thesis statement.
6. Word count (body of paper; does not include works cited)
7. Bibliography of works cited (MLA or APA).

8. Include your last name as part of the Word doc file name that you upload for grading in Brightspace (i.e., Smith_Peace & Justice Interview Synthesis).
Citations: Whenever you include the exact words of a source other than yourself, you need to include those words within quotation marks. Include a parenthetical reference with the page number for the quote per MLA (or APA). Whenever you paraphrase material from any source (get an idea from somewhere other than yourself and use 100% all your own words to explain it), include an in-text citation that indicates the source per MLA (or APA) citation standards. Full bibliographic information must be given at the end of the paper.
How to format parenthetical references using MLA:
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/ml a_in_text_citations_the_basics.html.
How to format parenthetical references using APA: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/in_ text_citations_the_basics.html.
How to format a paper using MLA:
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/ml a_general_format.html.
How to format a paper using APA: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/ge neral_format.html.

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