Maya Dietz is a first year Master of Divinity student, who joins the BU community after serving three tours overseas with the U.S. Department of State as a Diplomat. She has lived and worked in regions of conflict both domestically and internationally, including Rwanda and Iraq. Maya has done masters and doctoral level work on conflict, primarily around ethnic conflict in Africa. She chose the BU School of Theology particularly because of the Religion and Conflict Transformation (RCT) program.
She writes, “Taking a stand for peace is a radical choice. Even the best designed institutions within which we live and work tend to incentivize thinking and action which divide rather than unite individuals and communities. As I considered my career, I realized that truly transformative change occurred when individuals, despite the institutional barriers they faced, had the courage to do what was right. In my experience, this kind of courage often depends upon a faith and trust in divine Principle – in a purpose and love that is bigger than what any person or institution can embody. I realized I was being called not to change institutions, as I had been doing, but rather to support individual acts of intrepidness. The RCT program encourages this type of radical truthfulness, and therefore has the potential to create a model of conflict transformation that not only ends conflict, but transforms societies.“