The James Leslie Center for Peace and Justice honors the profound witness to peace and justice that Chaplain Emeritus James Leslie provided to the OWU community and ensures that his commitment to these issues remains a core value of Ohio Wesleyan.

The Center for Peace and Justice is built on three foundational pillars:

Servant Leadership, Restorative Justice, and Transformative Reflection.

Our leadership grows from a desire to empower others by restoring the dignity and humanity that is often stripped away by oppression, objectification, and greed.

We experience transformation in ourselves by honest reflection on our experiences, our biases, and the relationships we form. We work for justice, not for the marginalized, but in solidarity with the marginalized.

Over the years, this commitment will take variant forms as the needs of the world, nation, church, community, and campus change.

We hope you’ll explore this site to get a sense of what we’re already doing and how you can be a part of the work. If you have a vision for something you don’t find already here, let us know. We’re more than willing to work with you.