INDIA

MBCBC

Rev. Christina Asheervadam, Director

CENTER FOR PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION STUDIES

Peace has been a core biblical value for the Anabaptist-Mennonites since sixteenth century. Nevertheless, till 2003 no courses had been offered in the area of Peace Studies in theological colleges in India. A few secular universities did offer Gandhian studies. But MBCBC felt its urgency, therefore, it introduced a course entitled “Anabaptist Mennonite History and Peace Theology,” at the B.D. level as a college required course in 2003. This eventually led  to develop Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies (CPCRS) at MBCBC. It has emerged as a strong autonomous department in the Bible College with qualified faculty and staff. It has a separate Peace Library and a Conference Hall which is fully equipped.

The aim of the CPCRS is to promote peace and reconciliation at levels of society; therefore, it began to conduct workshops and seminars to equip theologians and non-theologians with Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolutions skills. In 2011 it started a one year P.G. Diploma in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies. CPCRS also taking up some projects like supporting underprivileged children in a slum at Mehadipatnam, Hyderabad.