SC Presbytery Hosts Peacebuilding Conference Sept. 23-25 with Global Reach

Racial reconciliation, tribal warfare in the Sudan, conflicted congregations, crime victims, shell shocked soldiers, and family feuds — what do all these have in common?

Peacebuilding Conference to feature the need for healing

Rembrandt's classic painting, "Return of the Prodigal" is dedicated to spreading the news about resources for peacemakers. As the many hyperlinks will show, this upcoming conference offers an impressive slate of speakers and session leaders.  If you like what you see, please share this news with your circle of friends.

The Peacemaking Committee for South Carolina’s Trinity Presbytery invites you to attend:


A Peacebuilding Conference September 23 – 25, 2011

Come learn some explicit approaches and techniques that will help professionals and lay people alike as they seek to build community and restore a sense of wholeness to individuals, families, and churches in need of reconciliation.

Friday evening, Saturday all day workshops, and Sunday morning worship includes two meals together (Attendees may register for Saturday only).

Professional Continuing Education Credit will be available for Attorneys, Licensed Professional Social Workers, and Clinical Psychologists, for a nominal fee.

Nonviolent Communication:

The Rev. Theresa Latini (Luther Seminary), a Presbyterian pastor and certified trainer in NVC, will introduce the basic concepts of this method of communicating that will improve every aspect of your interpersonal relationships.

Restorative Circles:

Mikhail Lyubansky, who has studied Restorative Circles with internationally known Dominic Barter, will introduce the theory and method of this community-owned restorative practice that was developed by Barter and his associates in the favelas of Brazil.

STAR Model of Trauma Healing:

Elaine Zook Barge, Director for Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, will introduce participants to the STAR method for trauma healing

Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

The Rev. Nelson Johnson and the Rev. Joyce Johnson will share their experience with the Greensboro Massacre and the resulting Truth and Reconciliation Commission they founded which has now won international recognition and awards.  The Johnsons co-founded The Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC.

The work of the Presbyterian Church in Sudan:

The Rev. Peter Tibi, a Visiting International Peacemaker of the Presbyterian Church, will share his work among tribal warriors in South Sudan, the world’s newest country.