This course is a response to the experiences of destructive conflict in the church, nations and in the world, and the experience of religion as a source of division and conflict, and of peaceful aspirations and compassionate, sacrificial service. It is a response to the call to every Christian to be ministers of reconciliation and peacebuilders. Theoretical approaches will be drawn from the Abrahamic Faith Traditions. The course will introduce students to the theology, theory and practice of a faith-based conflict transformation, preparing students to become religious leaders equipped with important tools and interfaith skills for engaging and transforming conflict in a way that advances God’ goal of a culture of just-peace. The course is designed to enhance the peacebuilding capabilities of students by focusing on objectives, methods and best practices of interfaith dialogues: a form of religious peacemaking recognized for its relevance to 21st century conflict. The course will be interactive and focused on Zimbabwe and case studies of South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Rwanda Genocide and Kenyan Women Movement to re-examine the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding in-depth.
To prepare students to be religious leaders equipped with interfaith peacebuilding and conflict transformation skills.
In this course students will be:
- Helped to identify and understand factors in religion that provoke conflict
- Assisted to acquire theoretical knowledge about the role of religion in conflicts and in peacebuilding
- Familiarized with forgiveness and proper reconciliation methods to transform the culture of violence and cultivate a just-peace culture for effective religious peacebuilding and reconciliation
- Helped to tap healing potential in the Abrahamic religious traditions and prepare them to be creative and faithful interfaith/religious peacebuilders
- Equipped with factors in religion that help to turn conflict to constructive purpose, heal conflicts, restore broken relationships, and build up changed communities
- Prepared to be able to coach others on how they can solve their own conflicts
- Assisted to apply the lessons from case studies to promote genuine conflict transformation and reconciliation
- Aided to understand how to apply faith commitments and sensitivities to the challenge of practical peacemaking and to appreciate how different faith traditions address conflicts