Weekly coursework, dialogue, and community collaboration using an accessible six-week online curriculum through the Institute of Religion, Peace, and Justice is offered to inspire Kingdom of God activism for peace in our local community. The online component (about 3 hours of weekly study) will be completed prior to weekly meetings. Meetings will include contemplative prayer practice, facilitated discussion of coursework (book, videos, audio lectures, articles), and practical collaboration for strategy as peacebuilders within our local community.
This course introduces students to the field of peace and conflict studies by exploring the prevention, analysis, and resolution of conflict and the many innovative and creative ways to build peace in fragmented societies. The course focuses on the components, theoretical paradigms, and methods of peacebuilding “from the ground up,” although attention will also be given to official high-level peace processes and negotiations, with an emphasis on how ground-level and high-level activities complement or otherwise impact each other.
This course seeks to answer such questions as, what effective nonviolent measures can be taken to build peace and transform conflict? How can we “make things right” after experiences of violence and trauma without resorting to retribution, vengeance, or otherwise more violence? What are the processes, initiatives, strategies, and actions for building peace at a grassroots level? How can we get involved in these processes and organize effective nonviolent initiatives?
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Online Format, Zoom
Includes online coursework, book, 6 weekly guided meetings, and optional spiritual direction session.