The Community-Driven Peacebuilding Series is an interactive program designed to foster understanding, respect, and social cohesion among diverse peoples and communities. The Study Series is comprised of four sessions and requires a weekly or monthly commitment of time and effort. Peacebuilding activities explore the root causes or potential causes of conflict, principles and values that are broadly shared among the world’s faith and wisdom traditions and provide the basis for peace, and case studies of community-driven peacebuilding.
The program includes a video presentation, interactive questions based on the video, discussions on how the lessons can be applied, and action steps that can make a measurable impact in communities.
SESSION 1: Globalization: Blessings and Challenges
SESSION 2: Successful Models of
Social connections are important to one’s well-being. This natural desire for “belonging” also presents occasions for gangs or extremist groups to effectively recruit membership. Session 2 explores the dangers of inordinate identification with a group, often leading to hostility and suspicion of those outside the group.
We all belong to the human family, and just as we value unique qualities among family members, so the diversity of the human family can be an enriching source of strength and a basis for mutual respect and peace.
SESSION 3: The Art of Dialogue
Session 3 focuses on approaches to peacebuilding that emphasize motivation and change of heart more than facts, logic or infor-mation. Motivation derives from personal values, which ultimately guide attitudes and behavior. Recog-nition of shared values is thus essential in guiding attitudes and behavior in diverse societies. One of the most valuable and essential tools for all aspects of the peace and relationship building process is the art of dialogue.
SESSION 4: Think Globally, Act Locally
Session 4 examines the signifi-cance of a Global Ethic, first formulated by theologian Hans Küng, as the basis for dialogue and cooper-ation. Given the broad, near universal acceptance of the Golden Rule, why is mod-ern life so plagued with conflict? Session 4 proposes that a common vision—that we are all members of one human family—can give greater authority to ethical standards that are often undermined by identity-based divisions and short-term gratification.
The Community-driven Peacebuilding Workbook and Study Guide is ideal for faith-based organizations, clubs, and community small groups. The workbook is available in both print and online, with support available to assist your small group.
To order individual or group-rate workbooks visit our workbook portal (coming soon) or contact Gail Hambleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.