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As the African quote reminds us, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The Center for Dialogue and Conflict Transformation seeks to engage with LCC students, staff, local and international researchers, practitioners, activists, and communities to promote and strengthen a culture of peace both locally and globally.  We invite you to join us on our journey towards building peace.

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Naomi Enns
Director, Center for Dialogue and Conflict Transformation

Purpose statement

LCC’s peace center, grounded in Christian faith, offers opportunities for building bridges of trust, transforming relationships, and equipping communities. The center aims to strengthen, transform, and sustain servant change agents towards the creation of a more just and peaceful world. Opportunities for gathering and growing together strengthens the LCC ethos of non-violent peacebuilding guided by 4 pillars articulated below. These pillars advance our understanding and action towards peace in local and global pathways through dialogue, trainings, and action. The Center is a catalyst for strengthening communities in nonviolent social change, generous hospitality, and holistic justice to promote the greater common good of our society.

Conflict Transformation & Resilience

We work with people to transform conflict on personal, interpersonal, community and societal levels by building bridges of trust, fostering reconciliation, and strengthening resiliency. Through respectful engagement we equip communities to live justly and nurture a sustainable peace. 

Applied Research & Dialogue

We work with students and researchers in the areas of conflict and peace studies and promote events that stimulate dialogue on critical issues that impact our world.  The goal is to invite students, international researchers, and others to connect academic research to practice.

Action, Advocacy & Awareness Raising

We challenge a culture of oppression, promote actions which pursue justice, increase understanding and engagement in human rights issues, and strengthen positive service and citizenship. We use dialogue, learning events and workshops to empower communities to live generously.

Peace, Dialogue & Trainings

We foster an awareness of the cycles of violence and provide tools to nonviolently engage conflict, oppression, and trauma. We use human encounters to transform relationships, expand our understanding and actions toward peace, and nurture health and healing towards a more just and peaceful world.

News and Events

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Growing Skills in Dialogue for Peaceful Change Continues at LCC


Deep dives and icebergs are a part of navigating our conflict-affected world today. To support positive change and nurture a culture of peace it takes not only skill; it takes curiosity, compassion, and courage in empathic communication and understanding to be effective.  At LCC International University,  we take peacebuilding, creativity, and skill development seriously.  On August 18-20, 2023, the peace Center for Dialogue and Conflict Transformation hosted a Training of Trainers in Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC). The event was led by head coach Colin Craig,  from Northern Ireland.   During the event, participants dove into conceptual understanding and application of skills needed for more effective peacebuilding in various contexts and facilitation training in conflict dynamics and change resistance. This intense training strengthens LCC’s peacebuilding core principles as a leader in the region in helping others find ways to resolve and transform conflict.Key elements emerging in this field caused participants to think deeply about the nature and challenge of training others in conflict-affected societies. Michael McDougle, an instructor in LCC’s core course of civic engagement and conflict transformation shared that “ The DPC training was unique in that it allowed me to use my strengths while also pushing me out of my comfort zone. One growth area was in helping me develop my empathetic communication skills. I hope to utilize this training in everyday conflict and in helping others come to a peaceful resolution to their conflicts.”This collaborative LCC group included a counselor, a residential life support staff worker and instructors in  psychology, humanities, and international relations/conflict transformation studies. As Naomi DeBoer (an LCC trauma counselor) shares from her experience  “I have a deep respect for the work of peace building. It is a long and slow work, it is not easy, but it is desperately needed in our fractured world. I feel deeply grateful for the growth and learning that has happened through DPC training and Colin Craig’s wisdom and experience that he has passed down!” These thoughts were felt by all who participated.The peace Center at LCC hopes to continue to offer workshops in navigating conflict and change that highlight embodied learning and the need for empathic communication- something all of us need in our daily lives to help nurture a culture of peace at home, at work, in our communities and our world. Along with the others, Dr. Travis Myers, a professor in humanities speaks on behalf of their DPC accomplishment when he stated “ LCC's Peace Center is even better positioned and prepared now for serving the flourishing of communities in the Baltic, Eurasia, and other global regions represented by our extremely international student body. May God abundantly deploy us and thereby make us agents of reconciliation, healing, and transformation."   These associate trainers of DPC will continue to develop skills and lead ongoing workshops with the center for students, staff, and the wider community in an evidence-based approach as they help others navigate conflict and change in our complex world. Giedrė Norman, a seasoned instructor at LCC in the area of conflict transformation and mediation, captures the essence of the experience “ The training has facilitated important collective learning that empowers LCC peacebuilding potential. No less importantly, the time spent together helps me think about the depths and intentionality of peace pedagogy. Creating sustainable change requires to construct an ethos of mindful, purposeful peace practice. It’s good to have fellow travelers on this long journey!”By Naomi Enns

Peace Conference “Living with Fragile Identities”

February 29-March 3, 2024

Countless people around the world have experienced and been affected by wars, violence, and genocides. We recognize that the wounds that were inflicted by these events affect each society differently. Wounded societies share many of the same questions. How can we overcome historical legacies, remember truthfully, and find hope for the future? How can we bridge the gap between victims and perpetrators, friends and perceived enemies, using language as a tool for reconciliation? How might we heal divisions in fragmented societies?

Join us at LCC International University in Klaipėda, Lithuania for this European peace conference from February 29 to March 3, 2024. We'll explore victimhood, violence, and breaking patterns of hopelessness, with a focus on using language for both violence and reconciliation. Workshops will delve into nonviolent communication, peace theology, and trauma healing. An evening theater performance will prompt self-reflection in a fractured world. Join us to discuss ways to bridge divides and create a more hopeful future.

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Past Events

the opening conference for the center offered 3 strands of critical thinking on the theme of narratives, the place of storytelling and their role in healing and building a democratic society. Be engaging with our heads, hearts and hands we nurtured our walk together towards peace.

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