The Buttry’s and Launching the Buttry Center

 

Dan and Sharon Buttry

 

Dan Buttry has been a Global Consultant for Peace and Justice with International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches, USA since 2003 . Sharon Buttry has served with him as a Global Consultant for Community Transformation since 2016. They have provided consultation and training in conflict transformation and the transformation of communities around the world, primarily working with churches. In the past decade, Dan and Sharon have trained over 400 church and community leaders from 50 countries in 10-day Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers programs. Many of these leaders in peacemaking have then profoundly impacted their communities and countries. In addition, Sharon has facilitated trauma awareness/recovery and social ministries workshops in many countries.

Previous to this position, Dan managed the Peace Program for National Ministries, ABCUSA, worked for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, and served as a pastor in Boston. He helped found the Interfaith Leadership Council in Detroit, where they currently live. He has published many books and numerous articles and book chapters on peacemaking.  He has also developed the website Global Peace Warriors, which provides many resources for conflict transformation.

Sharon has focused much of her energy on intensive peace and justice work at the community level. She founded the Hamtramck Community Initiative to deal with public safety issues, including reforming the police department by developing community policing. She was a founding board member of a domestic violence center and has served as the executive director of Friendship House, which seeks to meet basic needs and work toward a healthy community. She has also served as CEO of Acts 29 Fellowship and facilitated the development of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.

 

Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence was launched May 10, 2018

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.

The Buttrys 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.

 

Training for Conflict Transformation Trainers – August 7-16, 2018

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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