Academic Programs 
      

 Becoming Agents of Reconciliation in Congregations and Communities  (AM-626)
Summer 2005

This course will use case studies of congregational conflict to help pastors, educators, and lay leaders develop skills to become agents of reconciliation within their congregations and communities.  We will explore the biblical and theological theme: “Empowering for Reconciliation with Justice.” Participants will be equipped to promote constructive dialogue in conflicted congregations on controversial issues from homosexuality to pastor abuse.  

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



Robert A. Evans
Adjunct Professor of Theology and Ethics and Executive Director, Plowshares Institute 


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Alice Frazer Evans
Adjunct Professor of Theology and Ethics and Director of Writing and Research, Plowshares Institute

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(860) 509-9500
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Required Reading:


1. Peace Skills: Manual for Community Mediators (Kraybill, Evans).
2. Peace Skills Leaders’ Guide  (Evans, Kraybill).
3. Two Case Studies, including “Prairie Storm”
4. One additional reading selected from “Recommended Readings” (These books will be on reserve in the Hartford Seminary Library)

NOTE:  Participants are urged to read the case study, Prairie Storm” and the Peace Skills Manual for Community Mediators (not the Leaders’ Guide) prior to the beginning of the course if possible.

Course Assignments

1. Read the two required books, reading the Manual prior to the course if possible. 

2. Study assigned case studies (available in advance and/or handed out in class)

3. Select one of the three following foci: mediation, teaching or reconciliation.

    Note: Each category has specific additional assignments.

        

A. For those who select mediation as a focus read:

            The Promise of Mediation (Bush, Folger)

              or

           Mediation Across Cultures (Augsburger)

              or

           Negotiating at an Uneven Table (Kritik)

 

Writing assignment: Facilitate at least one actual mediation.  Describe the situation and analyze your role (both positive and negative elements) [3-4 pages].  Respond to this question: What aspects of Peace Skills and your selected additional reading were most helpful as you facilitated this conflict and why? [3-4 pages]

 

 B. For those who select teaching as a focus:

              The Promise of Mediation (Bush, Folger)

or

Mediation Across Cultures (Augsburger)

              or

              The Journey Toward Reconciliation (Lederach)  

 

On Friday (June 17) you will have one and a half hours to present a teaching module to the class on a selected topic. This can be a team effort.

 

Writing assignment: Develop an outline of a creative peace skills workshop indicating goals, audience, components and timing (2-4 pages).  Reflect on the Peace Skills material and your additional reading, citing the most important elements of these resources as you develop workshop designs and teach peace skills to others.

 

 C. For those who choose Theology of Reconciliation

                     The Ministry of Reconciliation (Schreiter)

                     or

                     The Journey Toward Reconciliation (Lederach)

 

Written assignment: Describe a congregation or community conflict that has clear implications or poses a problem for a theology of reconciliation. (3-4 pages). Reflect on these theological  implications or address the problem using the theological resources in Peace Skills and your additional reading (3-4 pages).

 

Course Evaluation will be based on classroom preparation, daily class participation, and written assignments.

Course Schedule       (Open to change depending on class collective goals)

Monday, June 13             
Assumptions about Conflict, Conflict Analysis (using “Prairie Storm”), and Listening Skills 

Tuesday, June 14        
Sacred Text Study and Introduction to Stages of Mediation

Wednesday, June 15            
Applying the Stages of Mediation , Personal Maps of Conflict, and Second Case Study

Thursday, June 16        
Sacred Text Study on Reconciliation, Mediation Role Plays, and Addressing Structural Change

Friday, June 17            
Theology of Reconciliation, Participant-led Sections, and Course Evaluation

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