Press Release for May 21, 2018
Central Seminary marked the launch of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence on Thursday, May 10, with an event which featured Dan Buttry as guest speaker. The Center, named for Dan and Sharon Buttry, Global Peace Consultants for International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches, USA, reflects the continuation of one of the characteristics Central’s education experience: To enable learners to serve humanity through compassionate and empathic action that leads to progressive, purposeful change.
At the event President Molly T. Marshall expressed her hopes that the Center would continue the good work which the Buttrys had initiated during their time with International Ministries. They will retire later this year but have much wisdom to pass on to the next generation of peacemakers. Dr. Buttry, who was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Central Seminary in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to global peace, outlined hopes for the Center. He included the hope that training that will be offered on the Central Seminary campus in August would be successful.
On Friday morning, May 11, Buttry led a workshop, Conflict Transformation with Our Diversity, which was well attended. Enjoy this video of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence keynote address by Rev. Dr. Dan Buttry.
Dan and Sharon Buttry, Global Peace Consultants, co-facilitated a 10-day intensive Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers at Central Seminary. This training was the first major program for the new Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence.Participants learned skills and tools for teaching the dynamics of conflict, conflict resolution, mediation, dealing with diversity, personal styles in conflict, power dynamics, transforming initiatives, working to bring about change, trauma and trauma healing, and reconciliation. Special attention was given to experiential education and how to develop their own tools and workshops. Throughout the training the Bible was used to explore conflict transformation as well as practice spiritual disciplines as a learning community.
The training was intense, fun, challenging, dynamic, and life-changing! It empowered participants to deal creatively with conflicts in their homes, in the congregation, and in their communities in a way that glorified Christ. It helped them put the teachings of Jesus into practice in the midst of their conflicts so as to live out “the things that make for peace.”
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