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Master of Arts (M.A.) in
Peace & Justice

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PROGRAMS  /  PEACE & JUSTICE

Theologically-Grounded Peacebuilding

St. Stephen's University offers a unique and thoroughly enriching Master of Arts in Peace and Justice that includes accommodating online and short intensive in-person and study aboard course delivery methods to allow students to complete their program without the need to uproot their lives.

 

This program equips students to engage the hostile, divided, unjust, oppressive, and violent corners of our world using practical grassroots and community-based peacebuilding skills and training with a theological foundation in peace and justice and through a transfigured interior life, prophetic imagination, and contemplative basis from which to participate in God's unfolding subversive and upside-down kingdom.

Tracks of the M.A. in Peace & Justice

To meet the different needs and interests of our students, the Master of Arts in Peace and Justice has three tracks with emphases on the inner transformation of a peacemaker, reconciling with Indigenous peoples, or peace and justice in the Palestinian context.

PEACEBUILDING, PUBLIC THEOLOGY, AND INNER TRANSFORMATION

This track is for students who want a general background in peace and justice studies, including theory and praxis, as rooted in the most pressing and pertinent theological considerations as they relate to peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

 

The curriculum of this track combines a focus on grassroots peacebuilding skills and training from the ground up, conflict analysis, public theology with a focus on peace and justice, trauma-healing and reconciliation, and the inner transformation of a peacemaker that engages contemplative and ascetic practices for encouraging the resilience, healing, and authenticity of a peacemaker that is then transmitted to a suffering, divided, and hostile world.

AT A GLANCE:

DURATION — 2 YEARS (FULL TIME)

 

CREDIT HOURS — 39

 

DELIVERY MODE — ONLINE COURSES, 9-DAY RESIDENCY, 2-WEEK STUDY ABROAD TRIP, THESIS

 

EMPHASES — THEOLOGY OF PEACE & JUSTICE, CONTEMPLATIVE STUDIES, RELIGIOUS PEACEBUILDING, GRASSROOTS CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION

Course Sequencing

PEACEBUILDING, PUBLIC THEOLOGY, AND INNER TRANSFORMATION

In the first year of study, students complete six online courses (18 c/h), and in the second year of study, students attend a short peace & justice 9-day residency at SSU, travel on a two-week study abroad trip in Scotland and N.Ireland, and complete an online peace & justice guided thesis research course and thesis (21 c/h).

YEAR ONE

FALL SEMESTER

PJST 5481 — The Inner Transformation of a Peacemaker

PJST 5380 — Theology of Peace and Justice

PJST 5180 — Peace and Violence in the New Testament

9 CREDIT HOURS

YEAR ONE

SPRING SEMESTER

PJST 5583 — Practical Nonviolence & Peacebuilding

PJST 5882 — Religion, Peace and Conflict

PJST 5182 — Peace & Violence in the Old Testament

9 CREDIT HOURS

YEAR TWO

FALL SEMESTER

Study Abroad Trip in Ireland (August – 2 weeks)

PJST 6300 — Peace and Justice Guided Thesis Research

9 CREDIT HOURS

YEAR TWO

SPRING SEMESTER

SSU Peace & Justice 9-Day Residency (April)

PJST 6600 —Thesis (20,000 words)

12 CREDIT HOURS

Delivery Methods

PEACEBUILDING, PUBLIC THEOLOGY, AND INNER TRANSFORMATION

ONLINE COURSES

 

Students will complete six online courses in their first year of study. These courses explore topics related to the inner transformation of a peacemaker, theology of peace and justice, the factor of religion and peace and violence, and practical nonviolence and peacebuilding. For more on these six courses, VISIT HERE.

IN-PERSON PEACE & JUSTICE 9-DAY RESIDENCY @ ST. STEPHEN'S UNIVERSITY

 

This short 9-day intensive residency takes place on-site at St. Stephen's University. It includes seminars and workshops that are led by a team of top scholars and practitioners covering such subjects as the psychology and neuroscience of the inner transformation of a peacemaker; building peace and becoming human; the political philosophy of peace and justice; and practical skills workshops on peacebuilding program planning.

 

STUDY ABROAD TRIP TO SCOTLAND AND N.IRELAND

This 10-day intensive study abroad trip includes academic sessions at the Trinity College Dublin, the Lucan Centre, Queen's University Belfast, and Corrymeela in Ballycastle, as taught by experts and practitioners in grassroots peacebuilding and theology. This learn-study opportunity also includes a 2-day pilgrimage to Armagh along the border between N.Ireland and the Republic, a documentary screening with panelists from the film, folk show w/Tommy Sands, and learning tours in Belfast & Derry.

 

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PEACE & JUSTICE GUIDED THESIS RESEARCH COURSE AND THESIS

 

Students will complete an online Peace & Justice guided research course as they refine the topic of their thesis with their supervisor, and complete an approximately 20,000-word thesis on a topic related to the subjects of the degree program and that adequately prepares students for their vocation as peacemakers.

Multifaith Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Course

St. Stephen's University offers a course that prepares students for multi-faith pastoral and spiritual care in a variety of chaplaincy settings. This course can be completed as an add-on to a master's degree at SSU (i.e., not included in the total credit hours of a student's degree program) or as a stand-alone credential without a program.

 

This course is a stand-alone credential in interfaith hospitality for chaplaincy care that's offered in conjunction with our regular graduate studies programs through our university charter from the Province of New Brunswick. We offer a certificate of completion for the course that can be applied to a student's resume as an academic credential for ministry rather than a CPE/CPU clinical credential.

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Inclusive Spirituality & Interreligious Hospitality

Through (1) online recorded lectures and live Zoom conferences, (2) reading and written reflection, along with (3) engagement with their teachers and cohort, students will gain understanding and skills for multifaith chaplaincy and the art of inclusive spiritual care across traditions. The goal is to prepare spiritual care givers who are sensitive to and welcoming of the Other.

 

Represented faiths include Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Wicca, First Nations spirituality and the “Nones and Dones” (Unaffiliated/Agnostic/Atheist).

How does it work?

If you are already a student at SSU, you may enrol in the Multifaith Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care course in addition to your current courses and credit hours. This course therefore does not replace a course in your program but is instead an additional credential that prepares students for a chaplaincy vocation in a multifaith setting. It can also be taken as a stand-alone course.

At A Glance:

  • COURSE TITLE – MULTIFAITH CHAPLAINCY & SPIRITUAL CARE

  • 3 CREDIT HOURS

  • PROFESSORS – DR. BRADLEY JERSAK AND DR. PETER FITCH

  • LENGTH – 14 WEEKS

  • COST – $1,185 CAD + STUDENT FEES

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be better equipped as chaplains with a growing multifaith perspective, faithful to their own tradition and skilled in the spiritual care of clients with whom they differ. They will have engaged the following questions, including exposure to points of view they may not share (which is the point):

  • What is “multifaith chaplaincy” and how do we practice spiritual care across faith (or no-faith) spiritual traditions?

  • How can we build trust, “hold difference” with respect, and develop skills in typically polarizing situations?

  • What are the primary emotional challenges and spiritual needs a chaplain might encounter or need to address?

  • What are some best practices and healthy approaches a chaplain needs to learn and keep in mind when meeting new clients of other worldviews and cultures?

  • What are the pitfalls chaplains need to avoid in multifaith contexts? What are the most helpful questions chaplains might ask when initiating spiritual care?

  • What are some central tenets, core values, and practices of faith-cultures such as First Nations spirituality, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Wicca, Sikhism, Judaism, and the “Nones and Dones” (Unaffiliated/Agnostic/Atheist).

  • How to allow positive creativity to flow rather than using negative judgement, the power of unknowing, humility that waits for the creative voice.

When applying, select the 'Multifaith Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care' course from among the options.

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