Three-day seminar -cum- workshop on ‘The role of religion in peace making - a constructive engagement of conflict: churches in dialogue with civil society’ concluded Wednesday. Participants from churches and civil society deliberated on ways by which Churches stabilize state security, enhance civil relationships, and promote processes that work toward ‘just peace’. The conference featured skill building around the 10 practices of ‘just peacemaking’ formulated by American Baptist theologian Glen Stassen (Fuller Theological Seminary). Areas of skill development included, drawing upon “Imagine Nagaland” material reaching back to the program sponsored by the United Nations’ global movement for children in 2002 (appreciative inquiry ), emotional literacy with its emphasis on forgiveness training, circle processing, restorative justice, and track two diplomacy (issues of church and state).
The Boston University School of Theology supports a program in religion and conflict transformation that is used to train ministers and other persons preparing for religious leadership in the United States. The seminar was held at Horeb Guest House, Purana Bazar, organized by Kupukini Women Society along with WSBAK and The Boston Theological Institute, USA. Researchers from Boston University and the Boston Theological Institute in the United States, Rev. Dr. Rodney L. Petersen and Rev. Shandi Mawokomatanda were the resource persons. The seminar was sponsored by re-invented manufacturers and distributors, Dimapur.