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Introduction

Introduction

The Centre was formally established by the University Council on 8th May 2003 in view of dissemination of the Social Teaching of the Church in the AMECEA region. This was the response to the felt need for the church in Africa especially in the AMECEA to be instrumental in the establishment of just social systems and structures by addressing issues of Justice and Peace.

The Centre for Social Justice and Ethics carries out a number of activities in the AMECEA region and beyond in line with the three-fold mission of universities: research, teaching and formation, and community service, and in light of CUEA’s motto Consecrate them in the Truth. It seeks to empower different stakeholders on social-cultural issues to enable them to engage in Justice and Peace, human rights, equity and participatory leadership.

The Centre offers academic and outreach programmes to the Youth, Justice and peace animators, human rights advocates, policymakers, educators, politicians, administrators, businessmen and women etc.

Promoting the Church’s Social Doctrine within the development of society in the AMECEA countries is an ever-present concern in the orientations and academic programmes of the Centre for Social Justice and Ethics. The Church’s Social Doctrine seen as including a perspective of social theology requires:

  1. Deeper research on the status of the Church’s Social Doctrine.
  2. The development of appropriate and effective formation programmes.
  3. The development of modules for social action draws from an experience of social questions in specific contexts interpreted in the light of the Gospel.

For these reasons, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa established the Centre for Social Justice and Ethics for study and formation in the Church’s Social Doctrine.

This is confirmed in Resolution No. IX-61 of the AMECEA 14th Plenary Assembly, 15th-21st July 2002.

The Social Teaching of the Church should be a compulsory subject to be taught in the AMECEA Institutions, in all the Major Seminaries and in all Religious houses of formation in the AMECEA region. Extension courses and workshops on the same Social Teaching should be made available to Christian Political Leaders, professionals, businessmen/women, members of the Army and Security Forces and juridical institutions.

main programs

Rev. Dr. Peter Mbaro
Email: csje@cuea.edu.
Call: 0709 691301

About the Director

Rev. Dr. Peter Mbaro is the Director, Centre for Social Justice and Ethics.

He is a Diocesan priest of the Catholic Diocese of Nyahururu (Kenya). He was Ordained in 1995. Rev. Dr. Peter Mbaro holds Baccalaureate Degrees in Philosophy and in Sacred Theology from Urbaniana University in Rome, a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a Doctorate in Social Doctrine of the Church from the Lateran Pontifical University in Rome (Italy). He is currently a Senior Lecturer at CUEA in the Centre for Social Justice and Ethics (CSJE) and serves as the Director of the CSJE. Since Sept. 2008, he has been teaching in the area of the Social Doctrine of the Church, with focus on Christian Ethics; Justice and Peace; Church Management and Leadership, hence, he has a rich experience.

He serves as a Co-director of Globethics.net East Africa, an Advisory Board Member of the Globethics.net East Africa Programme. He is the University Ethics Officer, the University Representative in the Globethics Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education and a Board Member of the Health Board of the Archdiocese of Nairobi. He coordinates the Njabini Boys High School Alumni Association, in mentoring, motivating students, and supporting the school in infrastructure development. He has been supporting the AMECEA Region Church in the area of Capacity Building, and the local church in conducting Church Leaders’ leadership seminars, retreats, recollections and supporting fund drives for the construction of Church buildings. Giving talks and reflections in the area of Ethics, Justice and Peace in different forums. He supports CUEA family in other areas of community service.

He has authored several works in the area of family, ethics, peace and justice.

1. Postgraduate Programs
  • Master of Arts in Justice, Peace, and Cohesion
  • Master of Arts in Peace Studies
2. Undergraduate Programs
  • Bachelor of Church Management and Leadership
  • Bachelor of Justice and Peace

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with a minimum mean grade of C+ or the equivalent, OR
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of 2 principal passes and a subsidiary pass or the equivalent
2. Short-term Courses

i. Certificate in Church Management and Leadership

Applicants must be holders of a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education or the equivalent.

ii. Advanced Certificate in Church Management and Leadership

Applicants must have a certificate in Church Management and Leadership from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

3. Diploma in Church Management and Leadership

Applicants must have an advanced certificate in Church Management and Leadership from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa. In addition, they should be holders of a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with a minimum mean grade of C plain or its equivalent.

4. Diploma in Conflict Management and Peace Building

Applicants must be holders of a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education or the equivalent.

5. Diploma in Justice and Peace

Applicants must have an advanced certificate in Justice and Peace from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa. In addition, they should be holders of a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with a minimum mean grade of C plain or its equivalent.

6. Diploma in Governance, Leadership and Elections Management

The faculty is committed to community service in and outside the campus. Faculty community service activities are in line with the vision and mission of the University. Apart from material support, the faculty envisage the service-learning model of serving the community. The faculty has identified educational institutions such as Light Academy in Rongai and is collaborating with them in the provision of learning materials and other support services.

 

The uniqueness of the programme

The Journal of Social Encounters (JSE) is an interdisciplinary online journal with limited copies in print that publishes scholarly, peer-reviewed essays on peace, conflict, and social justice issues in any part of the world. In keeping with this aim, the current online issue is published by CSJE at CUEA in Nairobi, Kenya, in collaboration with the Department of Peace Studies at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University (CSB/SJU) in Collegeville, Minnesota. While the JSE will publish essays by authors from any country in each issue, some essays by African authors always will be included in each issue so that African scholarship on peace, conflict, and social justice will become better known.

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