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Purpose and Mission of PACS
The call to peacemaking is universal and timeless, since conflict is always with us. Its shadow is found in all cultures in all times, beckoning for response. When constructive, it leads to better understanding and deeper relationships. When destructive, it tends toward confusion and separation.
PACS is rooted in the Hebrew/Christian vision of Shalom (peace and justice) for the church and world. Fresno Pacific University, sponsored by the Mennonite Brethren Churches of the Pacific region of the U.S., stands in a long, historic peace church tradition which has taken this vision of Shalom seriously. PACS is a concrete effort of the University to further realize this vision of Shalom.
The Center (PACS) is responsible for a variety of activities, including:
Fresno, California is one of the more cosmopolitan small cities on earth. Over 100 home languages, many from the Pacific Rim, are spoken here. Cross-cultural understanding is a hallmark of the PACS program. The faculty of PACS has teaching experience on five continents.