Religion and Conflict Transformation Program

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Help prepare religious leaders to become a resource for peace

RCT p 1A $100,000 match will double your donation to the endowment of the Religion and Conflict Transformation program at Boston University School of Theology.

The Religion and Conflict Transformation Program prepares students to lead change and build just peace through creative and imaginative action. Its certificate program trains leaders in the theology, theory, and practice of faith-based conflict transformation in faith communities and in the world. Courses and programming include conflict studies, trauma healing, restorative justice, spiritual formation of the peacebuilder, human security and interfaith just peacemaking.


The RCT program is creating courses that take the classroom into the world. Courses take students to the streets to engage the homeless, to churches to engage in collaborative learning with church leaders, to the courts to mediate, and to gang members to be trained together in nonviolence. The program also provides internships and contextual education placements with community partners such as the Public Conversation Project, the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence and Harbor COV, a
domestic violence support/recovery organization. Its travel seminars enable students to learn directly from global peacebuilders, including trips to Israel/Palestine and South India.


The RCT Program fosters multiple opportunities for students to learn to work collaboratively across lines of faith. In addition to our travel seminars, regular lectures and dialogue opportunities, students may apply for the Interfaith Fellowship, centered around issues of religion and healing. Interfaith Fellows work with a community of another faith, developing cultural and religious competency while accomplishing a collaborative project that enables learning through service to the surrounding community.

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