Summary of Program Requirements:
- Four (4) courses minimum: 16 credits;
- The RCT Core Course, STH TS 805 (4 credits)
- Three additional course electives, one of which may be a Practicum (12 credits)
- Attendance at an annual Fall Retreat
1. Core Course: Students will enroll in the following core course at Boston University School of Theology, or their equivalent:
The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation: Creating a Culture of JustPeace (TS 805) Mondays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2. Course Electives: Three additional courses which focus on religion and conflict transformation studies or religious peacebuilding in the following areas: conflict studies, spiritual formation of peacebuilders, trauma healing, human security, restorative justice, and interfaith dialogue. Electives include, for example: The Theology of Trauma Healing, The Principles and Practices of Restorative Justice, Spiritual Formation of Peacebuilders, Theologies of Dialogue. Courses must meet the following two criteria, and be approved by the Program Administrator, Trelawney Grenfell-Muir.
1 – course has as one of its central purposes the study of one of the 6 themes;
2 – significant attention to analyzing religion in relation to conflict and/or conflict transformation.
3. Annual Fall Retreats: Students enrolled in the program are required to attend the annual Fall Retreats in Religion and Conflict Transformation. The Retreats invite scholars and practitioners working in one of the program’s focal areas to lead students and the community in a workshop engaging their work and integrating it with our vision for conflict transformation. This year, the retreat is a one-day retreat that will be held on Saturday October 13th, at the Walker Center in Newton Center, MA.
4. The Practicum: The Practicum is optional, and can substitute for one of the course electives. It can be the same site as your contextual education site if it fulfills the requirements for both. The Practicum experience is designed to connect students with experiences in religion and conflict transformation. It should thus expose students to work in at least one of the following areas in peacebuilding: conflict studies, spiritual formation of peacebuilders, trauma healing, human security, restorative justice, and interfaith dialogue. Local, National and International Practicum opportunities may be utilized and may be taken during a summer, a semester, or year-long placement. Generally, students are responsible for securing their own placement sites, although assistance may be offered through the RCT program office.