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 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.