Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center offers this event in collaboration with the Baker Peace Institute of Juniata College and the Stone Church of the Brethren . . .  

Violent Extremism, Radicalization and Boko Haram

Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 9 AM – 3:30 PM

Location: Stone Church of the Brethren, 1623 Moore St., Huntingdon, PA 16652

Presenter:  Dr. Amr Abdalla, Scholar in Residence, The Baker Institute, Juniata College

Register Now! Registration Deadline: October 12, 2022


Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
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Stone Church of the Brethren

1623 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652

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Karen Hodges
Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center


Developing a more sophisticated understanding of violent extremism and terrorism with special attention to the Boko Haram movement in Nigeria and the violence suffered by Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Participants will explore the social, cultural, political and religious processes that result in radicalization and violent extremism committee (wrongly) in the name of Islam and consider how best to confront those processes from an inter-religious perspective. 

Brigadier-General SK Usman (rtd) will join us via Zoom. He is actively involved with countering violent extremism in Nigeria, especially with Boko Haram.


Dr. Abdalla is professor emeritus at the United Nations- mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.  He began his career as a prosecutor in Egypt’s National Security Office where he was a member of the public prosecutor team investigating the assassination of Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, and numerous other terrorism cases.  His interest in not only the legal and security perspective but also the cultural, historical and religious roots of radical violence led him to George Mason University where he earned a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and embarked on a three-decade career of teaching, training and research in the field of peace and conflict resolution worldwide.

Registration Fee:

TWO Options: (After clicking on the "Register Now" link, you will have the two fee options listed below, and will have the option to pay by credit card or check).  

1. For .55 CEUs, the cost is $37.00

2. For NO CEUs, the cost is $27.00

Tentative Schedule:


Welcome and Prayer


Introductions, Expectations and Ground Rules

Overview of the Workshop


Historical, Religious and Political Origins of Radicalization and Violent Extremism in the Muslim Context




Contemporary Developments of Violent Extremism

            -Applications to the Case of Boko Haram


Lunch (included with registration fee)


Inter-Religious Responses- Promising Examples from Nigeria and Rwanda




Small Group Discussions and Presentations of Successful Practices


Closing Remarks and Adjourn


Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center is a Church of the Brethren ministry education partner with the districts of Atlantic Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Middle PA, Southern PA, and Western PA, and Bethany Theological Seminary, Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership.