Faith-Based Peacebuilding (559)

Roy Hange

Every faith has its own peacebuilding traditions. Too often, we only recognize our own tradition and fail to see the similarities between peacebuilding traditions of different beliefs. In this course you will deepen your understanding of your own faith identity as a peacemaker while also learning about the similarities and differences of those from other faiths. Through class discussions and group work, participants will develop capacity in building structures for interfaith engagement and learn to become actors in religious diplomacy at various levels. This course will:

  • Explore sources of conflict and resources for peacebuilding in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other religions as students have interest and ability to present;
  • Analyze religious identity functions in conflict settings with a vision toward transformation;
  • Present models for interpreting stages of religious conflict and positioning oneself for peacemaking;
  • Discuss ways religious leaders have been positive actors in conflict transformation.

The course will also explore the spiritual and emotional content of trauma and enmity throughout religious, political, and ethnic identities in conflict and how this trauma and enmity can be transformed through peacebuilding.