Conflict Transformation: Pastoral Care with Congregations and Communities in Conflict

REL820
Fall 2017
TTh 9:00-10:20am
Area: 
Area IV
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This is a course on the theory and practice of faith-based conflict transformation in congregations and communities, in response to the growing prevalence of destructive conflict in the churches and in the world, and to the calling of Christians be peace-builders and to work for reconciliation. You will learn basic skills for engaging, analyzing, and transforming conflict, as a critically important form of pastoral care with congregations and other communities. Using texts, case studies, role plays, and other resources, you will compare and practice various models of defining and dealing with conflict in congregations; assess and work with students’ differing personal styles and comfort levels in conflict situations; and consider Christian theological understandings of conflict and its transformation. 

Background Expected: 

None; Intro to Pastoral Theology and Care is helpful 

Course Requirements: 

Assigned readings; quizzes; short papers (3-5 pgs); final exam; participation in role plays, case studies, other learning activities in class

Basis of Evaluation: 

Exam 40%

Reflection papers 15%

Quizzes 30%

Reading and class participation 15%