School of Peace &
Sept. 11th - Dec. 15th, 2017

The School of Peace & Justice is designed to provide participants with practical understanding of and engagement with issues of peace and justice from a Christian worldview. In the context of intentional Christian community and alongside engaged long term ministry in an inner city neighbourhood, participants will receive training, teaching, mentorship and opportunities to explore different dynamics surrounding peace and justice.

Prerequisites

Participants must be 18 years or older (or high school graduates) with a desire and commitment to develop their understanding, experience and skills surrounding a Christian response to our call to peace and justice. All participants must also successfully complete the application process (see below).

CONTEXT

The program will be hosted in the West End neighbourhood of Winnipeg, MB. Winnipeg is a multicultural urban centre at the geographic heart of North America. The city is also home to many dynamics that make it an ideal setting for this program, including racial, cultural & religious diversity, vibrant arts subculture, etc. It boasts the largest First Nations population (per capita) of any Canadian city and the largest French Canadian population outside of Quebec.

At the heart of the city, Winnipeg’s West End is one of the most culturally and racially diverse communities in Manitoba. Home to many cultural groups- including Portuguese, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Vietnamese, Sudanese, Cree, Ojibwa and many others- it is a wonderful mosaic of Canada’s diversity. It is also, however, home to many social challenges, such as poverty, substance abuse, racism and other problems common to the inner city.

Participants will live in community in the West End community house, made up of long term missionaries and local Christian residents. In a former gang house turned missions house, participants will share rooms with fellow participants, while sharing the house with other community members. The house is also host to worship & other activities of Little Flowers Community, an inner city missional church founded by YWAM and Mennonite Church Manitoba.

CURRICULUM

  • Theological Foundations in Peace & Justice
  • Practical Expressions & Implications of Peacemaking
  • Peace & Justice in Creation Care
  • Peace & Justice in Context
  • Doing Peace & Justice as Community
  • Weekly & Intensive Practicum Opportunities
  • Topics: human trafficking, displaced peoples; racism; poverty; etc.
  • And much more…