Monday, September 20, 2010

Peacebuilding

The Department of Sociology and Social Work is hosting a series of events coinciding with the launch of Gordon’s newest minor: Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies.

“At a time when religious conflict fills our airwaves and violence disrupts around the globe, Gordon College will strengthen its preparation of global leaders through this new minor,” said Judith Oleson, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work. Students will hear from David Steele in chapel today as he discusses “Discipleship in an Insecure World.”

This afternoon a discussion on “Faith-Based Approaches to Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding” will take place in Jenks 406. Lastly, tonight students will have the opportunity to hear faculty describe the new minor, followed by Steele speaking on the vocation of peacemaking, both locally and globally.

The Peace and Conflict Transformation minor enables a student within any major to explore both the “scholarship and skills involved in understanding, preventing and intervening in conflict,” said Dr. Oleson. “The emphasis will be upon personal, social, institutional and community conflict, and the transformative process of rebuilding relationships, organizations, and communities when conflict is effectively processed.”
Photo: Dr. Oleson on the cover of the fall 2010 issue of Stillpoint magazine.

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