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Center for Dialogue and Conflict Transformation

“WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR”

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 internationally.  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

As a peace center grounded in our Christian faith, together we will offer opportunities for building bridges of trust, transforming relationships and equipping communities. With this in mind, the center aims to strengthen, transform, and sustain servant change agents towards the creation of a more just and peaceful world. Our opportunities for gathering and growing transformed relationships will ultimately strengthen our LCC ethos of non-violent peacebuilding guided by 4 pillars that advance our understanding and action towards peace in local and global pathways through dialogue, trainings, and action. Our Center strives to be a catalyst for transforming relationships and strengthening communities in nonviolent social change, life, and justice values to promote flourishing communities.

Conflict transformation pillar

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Applied research & dialogue pillarrr

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Action, Advocacy & Awareness Raising

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Peace Dialogue & Trainings

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Events

2021-22: Theme: Building Our Shared Stories- Nurturing Hope
  • Meet & Greet – Friday Sept. 10 with LCC Students, Faculty and Staff.  See recording (attach recording link? Photo? )
  • Peace & Justice Dialogues- Saturday September 18 “Whose Land? Whose Promise? Palestine, Justice, and the Bible”.  Looking to the bible for guidance on the ongoing situation in Palestine. A virtual conversation featuring Rev. Dr. Alex Awad, (Bethlehem Bible College) Professor Ron Dart (University of the Fraser Valley, BC Canada) and Rev. Carrie Ballenger (Assistant to the Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jerusalem)
  • Public Theology Forum- Tuesday September 28th “The Imam and the Pastor”, movie and discussion night encouraging interfaith dialogue and understanding
  • Conference & Public Opening Celebration: “Stories Shaping Peace” March 16-19, 2022

Conference “Stories Shaping Peace"

March 16-19, 2022

Our opening conference will offer 3 strands of critical thinking on the theme of Narratives, the place of storytelling, and their role in healing and building a democratic society. By engaging holistically with our heads, hearts and hands we will nurture our walk together towards peace.

Event agenda >
Strand 1

3 mornings of guest speaker intro and then paper presentations by local Lithuanians and invited international researchers on theme as it pertains to dealing with narratives informed by legacies, the building of cohesive societies and the healing of deep divisions.  Follow-up dialogue and analytical critical discussions with audience will be done after each presentation.  

Strand 2

3 afternoons of dialogue workshops on themes connected to facilitators’ specialty subjects (Deportation experiences, Holocaust memories, trauma resiliency, participatory storytelling, and peacebuilding on human rights through theatre in divided societies) and dialogue opportunities for further discussion on Center’s initiatives. Each to explore human rights and democratic values in ways that highlight the participants’ stories of experience, needs, skills and strategies for building tolerance for other groups along with narrative competency building.

Strand 3

Public Evenings of Artistic works expressed, displayed, and discussed through 1) evening panel discussions and dialogue between well-known authors, playwriter and peacebuilders/researchers/audience. 2) Public viewing of the Film documentary of Student/Staff stories (component A of project), 3) Improvisational theatre play that invites audience into storytelling experiences and narrative work.  

Day 4

Group tour for invited guests and selected students/staff to critical Lithuanian historical Memorial sites marking the 30 anniversary of the events of 1991 and the fall of the Soviet Union as well as the sites of holocaust memory WWII. The event will culminate in a final dinner of selected public participants and guests in discussion and reflection on key learnings and experiences of the event.

Opportunities for Service

  • Volunteering
  • Internships

Email the CDCT Director for more information.

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