|Who Are Reconciliation Leaders?
Reconciliation Leaders are practical idealists who offer a systems approach to leadership and peace building. Their approach grows from their personal mission, skill building, and a commitment to be at peace in themselves and in service to others. Reconciliation Leaders are committed to find balance among career, home life, and reflection time, using a methodology to deal with the high level of stress in their own and in other people's lives.
At this important moment in our history, Reconciliation Leaders offer a compelling vision and broad worldview. Although they respond to crisis, they support the commitment of their groups, institutions and the United Nations to prevent conflict. They have the courage to refrain from advocating their own solutions to a problem, while eliciting solutions from the people who will live through those issues.
The Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program is offered to emerging and seasoned leaders who see it as their mission to join others in creating a just, multiethnic, intercultural sustainable peace – in their community, or in an institutional, national or global setting.
The Program’s multifaceted goals include:
- Provide a leadership experience based on mission-focused service.
- Provide an academic curriculum combined with vocational, spiritual and psychological education for healthy multiethnic communities, institutions, nations and global situations.
- Motivate and support the work of reconciliation by men and women around the world.
- Serve and provide renewal and resources for emerging and seasoned mission-focused leaders in institutions, organizations, communities, nations and international affairs.
- Educate leaders in the philosophy and techniques of creating reconciling environments, combining visionary, historic and pragmatic approaches.
- Provide leaders with new thinking for conflict prevention, and healing from historic, organizational, community, and global social, environmental and economic conflicts.
Graduates of the Program may:
- Provide Reconciliation Leaders for a Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service for peaceful settlement of disputes (Chapter 33, UN Charter) locally, nationally and internationally.
- Assist multiethnic and intercultural communities, institutions and nations to build trusting and healthy relationships.
- Address and heal the cycle of violence, taking a broader perspective than simply perpetrator or victim.
- Mediate and transform highly stressful situations.
- Create conditions of respect, tolerance, and healing.
- Encourage peace, health and sustainability.
- Champion the sanctity of life.
- Encompass a fulfilled personal and professional life.
How Is the Reconciliation Leadership Program Taught?
The learning methodology of Reconciliation Leaders provides personal, interpersonal, systemic and global competency building -- integrated with mission-focused training. Participant leaders learn new skills and develop their own mission statement with sensitive and skilled guidance. The program is unique because it helps leaders tap their internal strengths to better promote peaceful resolutions to conflict. The approach has broad applications to family feuds, community and national disputes, and even global challenges. The methods learned are useful to professional and international peacemakers as well as anyone interested in creating a just, sustainable, multiethnic and intercultural world community. Participants are welcome from all sectors and may participate in the full program or only the Introduction sequence.
“The world needs leaders made strong by vision, sustained by ethics, and revealed by political courage that looks to the longer term and future generations for whom the present is held in trust.”
--Independent Commission of Global Governance, 1995 report