• Length:
    12 Weeks
  • Effort:
    4–6 hours per week
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  • Level:
    Intermediate
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English
  • Course Type:
    Self-paced on your time

About this course

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Those engaged in faith-based work in religious institutions and nonprofit organizations contend with conflict on many levels: interpersonal, institutional, community and in larger systems of oppression. It is crucial that leaders are equipped with the knowledge and skills to not only navigate conflict, but engage with it as a transformational process.

This course is a response to the experience of destructive conflict in religious institutions and in the world, as well as the experience of religion as both a source of conflict, and a resource for peace.

What you'll learn

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  • Students will articulate and practice what is needed to prepare themselves and support others for engaging conflict as a transformational process.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of conflict dynamics in complex systems

  • Students will articulate and practice ways of facilitating conflict transformation

Meet your instructors

Judith Oleson
Director, Tom Porter Program on Religion and Conflict Transformation, Lecturer in Conflict Transformation
Boston University
Thomas Porter
Founder of the Tom Porter Program on Religion and Conflict Transformation, Retired
Boston University
Kathryn Common
Course Coordinator
Boston University

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