SPI Community Day

February 17, 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Join us for an engaging training and workshop series that aims to enhance your facilitation, leadership and peacebuilding tools for work in your organization or community.

Participants will attend two workshops to gain practical tools for peacebuilding, conflict transformation skills in the workplace, facilitation and community organizing. The day will also include opportunities for networking, facilitated group conversations and a catered lunch presentation by regional community leaders.

A schedule of the day can be found here.

SPI Community Day is modeled after the Summer Peacebuilding Institute which is held on campus every May and June. Click here for more information and the online application for SPI 2017.


Register Here. Space is limited, so register early.
Questions? Contact Sarah Roth Shank at sarah.rothshank@emu.edu.

Registration includes:

  • Two 90 minute workshop sessions
  • Morning coffee and pastries (sponsored by Everence)
  • Catered lunch presentation by community leaders
  • Waiver code for the $50 SPI application fee
  • A copy of a Little Book of Justice and Peacebuilding


A variety of workshops will be provided during two sessions, and participants will be able to sign up for their desired workshop at check-in the morning of the event. Space is limited for each of the workshops and sign-up for the workshops is first-come, first-served.

Organizational Use of Circles

Instructor: Gloria Rhodes
Conflict and tension can add complexity to an already busy workplace filled with pressing tasks. Problems arising from a diverse workforce, unprocessed relational issues, habits, or poor communication are sometimes resistant to the methods in place for addressing them. A circle process can be an additional tool for having needed conversations, building relationships and addressing conflict in a workplace setting. Participants will experience a circle process by engaging in activities and answering questions within a circle format, using examples and questions from their work and group experiences.
(Morning session only)

Leadership & Management for the Common Good

Instructor: David Brubaker
Every business, not-for-profit organization, religious congregation, and community group requires effective leadership and management to achieve its mission in the world. This workshop will address key leadership skills such as leading change as well as core management skills including managing people, managing money, and managing programs. Participants will learn the difference between “leadership and management” and identify what skills they naturally bring to their organization or group.

Conflict Coaching

Instructor: Jayne Docherty
What if one party in a conflict does not want to participate in a mediation or conversation? Conflict coaching is a practice that works with one person or group caught up in conflict but unable (or unwilling) to meet with the other party or parties. In this workshop, we will explore different types of coaching and use a scenario to practice some of the approaches used by coaches.

Program and Project Management

Instructor: Roxy Allen Kioko
Improve your capacity to balance the art and science of managing projects by addressing some of the common management pitfalls that lead to unproductive conflict, unclear roles, and misaligned goals. You will be introduced to lightweight, low-cost project management tools and frameworks that you can leverage to more effectively accomplish your organization’s mission.

Transforming Power of Identity and Dignity

Instructor: Barry Hart
The complexities of racial, ethnic and religious divisions can be substantial, but can be better understood through the lens of identity and dignity violations. Additionally, understanding these issues exposes their constructive and transforming power. In this workshop, participants will learn about how identity is formed and manipulated, and how inherent dignity is violated and suppressed. Participants will also discuss these issues as it relates to what they have experienced regarding the division of people—and share what they have witnessed in trust-building processes that bridged various divides in their families and communities, as well as consider what can be done going forward.

Restorative Justice Organizing for the Community

Instructor: Carl Stauffer
Today, Restorative Justice (RJ) is making its mark outside the confines of the criminal justice system and offering itself as a tool for community building. Beyond the impact of RJ as a transformative process for individual victims and offenders, many communities are now discovering the power of RJ to support community organizing and development. RJ provides the values and practices that inform community work, namely 1.) encounter, 2.) amends, 3.) reintegration and 4.) inclusion. Conferencing circles are enabling communities to engage in deeper listening, truth-telling, dialogue, decision-making, conflict transformation, accountability, healing and reconciliation processes. Join us in exploring models of community RJ in Oakland, Chicago, Richmond and our very own Harrisonburg city.

Faith-Based Peacebuilding: Structuring Hope Locally

Instructor: Roy Hange
How can faith communities structure hope by building forms of encounter that transform? We will explore successful ways faith based peacebuilding can transform enmities whether political, economic, social, or religious. Participants will be introduced to ways of reading scripture and structures of hope that instill vision.
(Afternoon session only)

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