Applied Peacebuilding Skills Certificate Program
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This 5 month online program teaches practical hands-on skills to building peace.

Learning the skills of “peace” is a lifelong adventure. It is a journey, and none of us are experts in all types of conflicts. This skill-building program is an MCC pilot project that seeks to teach and develop peacemaking skills, and apply these skills within today’s context of home, work, and community. Participants will learn to integrate practical peacebuilding skills in everyday ways wherever they find themselves.
 

This program is for you if you consider yourself a leader (no matter your position) and would like to gain practical hands-on skills to engage in conversations that link your faith with peacemaking, and how to make a difference in your community. Together we will be engaging in conversations, skill-building sessions, and ongoing reflective practice to connect what we are learning to our faith, scripture, and Jesus as our foundation for peace.

 

There will be weekly discussion conversations and practical skill building sessions. Foundational topics will include:

  • Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation
  • Peace Skills for Community Mediators
  • Restorative Justice Approaches
  • Learning about Peace Circle Processes
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Learning how to become an Active Bystander
     

Disclaimer: This course is to build practical skills and there is no verification of skill level upon completion.

Timeframe: 5 months from January 2021 to May 2021.

Format:

  1. Complete a weekly reading, short homework assignments, watch TED talks/documentaries, read articles, and complete a reflective journal.    
  2. Attend a monthly 2 hour skill-building session (virtually) held on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm EST.
  3. Participate in a monthly discussion session (virtually) on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm EST.
  4. All participants will have access to the online course platform for interaction, content, video conferencing, a discussion forum, and journaling.

Materials for Participants to Purchase

Participants will need to purchase Reconcile online during the course as they are needed. Some options include: Menno MediaAmazon or Chapters/Indigo.

Cost: $70.00, includes access to the Thomas Kilman (TKI) Conflict Mode Assessment and Report and the Training Active Bystanders Workshop.
 

MCC Ontario Applied Peace Skills Certificate Program Overview

Lesson 

Skill from Reconcile

Skill/Tools Sessions

Homework

Jan 6

7-9pm online

Interpersonal Conflict: Patterns

Interpersonal Skills

Complete the online TKI Assessment (Rod will assign you a link to complete)

Read Chapter 1

Glossary/Discussion forum (continue throughout course)

Jan 20

7-9pm online

Dreaming – Chapter 1

Being an Ally

Practice from worksheet

Read Chapter 2

Feb 3

7-9pm online

Moving along the journey to reconciliation – Chapter 2

Conflict Mapping

Practice from worksheet

 

Read Chapter 3

Feb 17

7-9pm online

Love God, Neighbour, Yourself – Chapter 3

Unpacking white privilege

Practice from worksheet

 

Read Chapter 4

Mar 3

7-9pm online

Learning the Creation Commitments of God – Chapter 4

Non-violent Communication

Practice from worksheet

 

Read Chapter 5

 

MARCH BREAK

   

Mar 24

7-9pm online

Feel the anger and frustration of the psalmists.

“How to create an enemy”

Chapter 5

Community Circles

Practice on page 185

 

Read Chapter 6

April 7

7-9pm online

Psalm 85: A drama of truth, mercy, justice and peace –Chapter 6

Restorative Justice

Practice being truth, mercy, justice and peace

 

Read Chapter 7

April 21

7-9pm online

Where 2 or 3 meet: spiritual disciplines from Matthew 18 – Chapter 7

Training Active Bystanders

Practice from worksheet

 

Read Chapter 8

May 5

7-9pm online

Keep Silent and Listen – Chapter 8

Mediation Tools

Practice from worksheet

 

Read Chapter 9

May 19

7-9pm online

Reconciliation is the Gospel – Chapter 9

SHIFT

Conflict Transformation

 

 

Register for the program here. Registration closes January 13th.

Please contact restorativejustice@mcco.ca with questions.