Religion and Conflict Transformation Grant Announcement

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August 26th, 2013


It is with great joy that we announce that the Boston University School of Theology (STH) has received a three-year grant of $350,000 to establish a clinic on Religion and Conflict Transformation (RCT) from the Directors of the Henry Luce Foundation.

This Grant will be used to advance the RCT program with a major new direction in contextual pedagogy, community service, and interfaith peacebuilding. Our goal is to establish a sustainable, replicable model for clinical teaching and service in theologically-informed peacebuilding. We expect the new program to enhance and expand STH’s capacity to serve the larger community—congregations, business and professional communities, public and social service organizations and NGOs—while giving our students structured opportunities to develop as future leaders in conflict transformation and interfaith peacebuilding, wherever they are called. The program will include congregational workshops, prison courses with inmates, interfaith workshops with business and professional leaders, and a global interfaith engagement seminar.  The work will also include the development of resources in the form of web and print publications, oral histories, and research publications on conflict transformation and related topics.

The RCT Clinic will build directly on the foundation of the strong academic program in theologically-informed peacebuilding that Boston University established with the generous and strategic support of the Henry Luce Foundation. The Foundation’s 2009- 12 grant supported what is now one of the country’s leading seminary-based programs in theologically-informed conflict transformation. It enabled STH to build a full range of courses and a robust four-course concentration within the MDiv, STM and MTS degree programs; support students from diverse parts of the U.S. and three continents; strengthen the RCT certificate program, with a steady enrollment of over 30 students from STH and the Boston Theological Institute; and pilot a range of local and global internships and travel seminars.

We are deeply grateful for the generous funding.