January 9-12, 2013
Offered jointly with Candler School of Theology, Practical Peacebuilding is a four-day program designed to teach skills and spiritual practices for conflict transformation. Conflict is simmering within congregations and communities, yet it can be the catalyst for positive change. Led by Candler's Luther E. Smith, Jr., Professor of Church and Community, and Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation, Practical Peacebuilding will teach participants to engage conflict constructively, strengthen skills necessary to facilitate a conflict transformation process, and identify spiritual practices and resources vital to sustaining this work. The opening keynote address will be given by the Rt. Rev. Mark MqcDonald, the Anglican Church of Canada's first National Indigenous Bishop who is deeply involved in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission addressing the abuses and hardships suffered by students of the residential schools for Aboriginal peoples in Canada. A second keynoter will be the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., a longtime civil rights activist and leading authority on nonviolent social change.
Continuing Education Units are available for program participants.