Conflict transformation training

Through MCC, thousands of people around the world get training in conflict transformation, including training workshops and month-long advanced peacebuilding training. In a world more and more polarized, the church is called to be ministers of reconciliation and to work nonviolently to address conflict in all its forms. MCC offers resources for healthy dialogue training and conflict transformation in the United States as well as abroad. Contact Jes Stoltzfus Buller, Peace Education Coordinator, for more information or to schedule a training.

Peace education for young people

MCC believes it is important to invest in younger generations and work at education on peacebuilding practices from a young age. Working out of the call to nonviolence from the New Testament, MCC offers education to children, youth and young adults through curriculum, seminars, peace camps and more.

Peace Camps are opportunities for youth and young adults to focus on peacebuilding in a new and different setting than their home community. Currently, the Peace Camps being offered in the next year are:

  • Young Adult Peace Camp at Camp Deerpark (NY), June 9-15, 2019
  • Young Adult Peace Camp at Amigo Centre (MI), July 21-26, 2019
  • Mentorship Peace Camp for youth and adults at Camp Friedenswald (MI), Sept 6-8, 2019
  • Winter Youth Peace Camp at Amigo Centre (MI), Feb 14-16, 2020

In Peace Clubs, children and teenagers around the world learn to recognize conflict and use nonviolent ways to resolve it in their schools. Through stories and role plays they learn about respect, self-esteem, people who are different from them and creative ideas for responding to conflict and injustice.

Peace theology

Peace education focuses on how our faith leads us to build peace rather than join society’s reliance on violence and our nation’s pursuit of war and militarism. We provide resources and speakers to address a Biblically-rooted peace theology and encourage social justice projects as a response to Jesus’ call to be peacemakers.

Gun violence prevention

In a culture that is dominated by fear, division and violence, MCC provides educational resources for churches, organizations and schools to address the reality of violence involving guns. As a people of God, we need to grapple with what a faithful response to this reality is. MCC provides tools for addressing gun violence and partners with local organizations doing hands-on work to prevent violence involving guns.

 

East Coast

In the East Coast, peacebuilding is woven into all of our programs. Carrying out a ministry of action rooted in the New Testament and Anabaptism, we work with constituent churches and conferences on education and advocacy. Focus areas include:

  • Anabaptist identity
  • Bridging theological, cultural and ethnic divides
  • Peace and justice education
  • Mediation and counseling
  • Trauma awareness and resilience practices
  • Anti-oppression application
  • Gun violence prevention
  • Mass incarceration, restorative justice and state criminal justice reform
  • Immigration
West Coast

West Coast MCC’s Border Peacebuilding initiative contributes to the development of safer, more secure communities on both sides of the US/Mexico border by reducing violence and healing trauma. Our focus is providing capacity building opportunities to community-based organizations, churches, educational institutions and other grass-roots community groups. The capacity building activities are designed to connect these groups to resources and evidence-based practices.

WCMCC facilitates learning processes that enable local groups to become the trainers and content experts in their contexts.  Through engaging local groups in dialogue-based training, knowledge, skills and capacity to pass on what they have learned to others allow them to become resources in their communities.

In order to build peace within the Nogales, Arizona and Mexico regions, WCMCC and MCC Mexico are joining with:

 

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