All courses can be taken for training or for undergraduate credit. Two courses, Food, Farming and Faith and De-Colonial Theology can also be taken for graduate credit. All courses run for 5 days, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Participants may apply for only one course each week and may apply for one week or for two weeks.
Peace Skills Practice
Instructors: Natasha Mohammed and Marius Brand
The skills and habits of the peacebuilder can be learned. Throughout this course participants will learn a variety of approaches to dealing with conflict in diverse situations such as: first party conflicts (responding one’s own conflicts), third party to conflicts (helping others in conflicts) and learning to recognize the cultural elements of conflict resolution (moving beyond your own culture). Participants will practice the roles of the peacebuilder in a variety of situations.
Exploring Indigenous Justice and Healing
Instructor: Rupert Ross
What might those interested in restorative justice learn by exploring indigenous approaches to justice and healing? Such approaches to justice focus on issues typically out-of-focus within more Western approaches: our four human dimensions, our embeddedness within creation, and our responsibility towards every part of it.
Food, Farming and Faith: Living in God’s Creation
Instructor: Norman Wirzba
PCTS/BTS–3950/3 and BTS–5990C/3
Food production and eating practices can be a witness to faithful living in the world. As such, what does it mean to name and narrate the world as God’s creation rather than as “nature” or “environment”? What are the practical and moral implications that follow from this teaching? How can eating be a vital part of the work of reconciliation and peace-making? In this course, Norman Wirzba will explore these and other dimensions of eating in a Christian, theological light.
SESSION II: June 23 – 27, 2014
Restorative Justice with Youth and Schools
Instructors: Catherine Bargen and John R. Wiens
What is restorative justice? How do you use it with youth and in schools? This interactive course will explore these questions, focusing on the types of partnerships and the cultural shift required to implement restorative justice in schools. Participants will learn how to use effective dialogue-based processes with youth in a variety of settings.
Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience
Instructor: Elaine Zook Barge
Unhealed trauma often leads to violence which begets more violence as victims act out against others or become self-destructive. Trauma affects how individuals and groups think, feel, and behave as well as how societies are organized. Created to help people who work with individuals, groups, or communities suffering from current or historic trauma, this course presents – in both theory and practice – an integrated approach to understanding the trauma, conflict, and violence caused by nature, human beings, and/or structural systems. This is a Level 1 STAR: Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience course.
De-Colonial Theology: Thought and Practice
Instructor: Terry LeBlanc
PCTS/BTS–3950/3 and BTS–5990C/3
Colonial imprints lie heavy on Indigenous “Christian” praxis and theology in North America. These imprints are a result of theologies constructed within specific philosophical and biblical frameworks historic to European, Christian faith. In this course, using several Indigenous teaching paradigms, Terry LeBlanc will examine these philosophical and biblical foundations, asking whether a different Indigenous theology and praxis of faith in the person, work, life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus might emerge if other foundations were to be set in place.
Arts Approaches to Community-Based Peacebuilding
Instructor: Babu Ayindo
Using storytelling, handwork, image theater, visual arts, dance, forum-theater and photography, the course will demonstrate the transformative potential of arts-based approaches to peace work and will examine how the arts can, and should, be applied to deepen analysis, unlock imagination, and generate creative peace initiatives in various contexts. Drawing from arts-based case studies found in diverse settings, participants will propose and develop their own arts-based projects that they can apply in their own contexts.