Certificate in Peace Studies

Certificate in Peace Studies
(15 Credit Hours)

“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.” ― Thomas Merton

Justice, peace, and peaceful conflict resolution within a Christian context is one of four core educational elements of Whithorn School of Theology and the various academic programs offered. Christ Catholic Church, WST’s chartering ecclesiastical jurisdiction, strives to be a peace church founded upon the calling of the Prince of Peace and His Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes.

  • Program Objectives

This certificate program aims to help the student become better acquainted with the traditions and practices of the Christian Church throughout the ages in regards to an emphasis on peace and peaceful conflict resolution. It is hoped that such an awareness will offer the student the ability and foster the desire to integrate those traditions and practices in his or her own ministry within the context of the 21st century. In order to achieve this goal, the student will be guided through various books of both of antiquity and a more modern origin.

  • Student Expectations

A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering his or her personal expectations and goals regarding the course and a synopsis of what his or her current understanding of justice, peace, and peaceful conflict resolution is prior to beginning the course work.

  • Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
  1. Thomas Merton, Passion for Peace: Reflections on War and Nonviolence
  2. James C. Howell, The Beatitudes for Today
  3. Robert D. Jones, Pursuing Peace: A Christian Guide to Handling Our Conflicts
  4. Mark J. Allman, Who Would Jesus Kill?: War, Peace, and the Christian Tradition
  5. Michael G. Long, Christian Peace and Nonviolence: A Documentary History
  6. Walter Wink, Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way
  7. Terrence J. Rynne, Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace
  8. Brayton Shanley, The Many Sides of Peace: Christian Nonviolence, the Contemplative Life, and Sustainable Living
  9. Emmanuel Katongole, Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing
  10. Susan Brooks, Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War
  11. Kenneth O. Gangel, Communication and Conflict Management in Churches and Christian Organizations
  12. Christena Cleveland, Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart
  13. Paul Zahl, Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them
  14. Daniel H. Shubin, The Gospel of the Prince of Peace, A Treatise on Christian Pacifism
  15. Vic McCracken, Christian Faith and Social Justice: Five Views
  • Reaction Paper

A fifteen hundred word or five page reaction paper is required for each of the reading selections The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.

  • Practicum

Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of justice and peaceful conflict resolution principles developed or utilized within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.

  • Final Paper

At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page essay detailing his or her personal journey and discovery of the Prince of Peace within the context of his or her own life and ministry.

  • Method of Evaluation

-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Practicum 30%
-Final Paper 15%