In mid-October at the Toronto School of Theology (TST), students associated with the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) had the opportunity to converse with theologians Joan and Oliver O’Donovan.
“We need new understandings,” Grebel Dean Marlene Epp said to a large group of witnesses in September, surrounding a small garden at the College. “Just twelve years ago, as homage to the Mennonites’ settler-ancestors, we created this garden with the black walnut tree at the centre. The current plaque says:
The Black Walnut Tree marks the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the German Company Tract in 1805. It commemorates the first Pennsylvania German Mennonite settlers in Waterloo Region.
Almost 20 years ago, discussions began at Grebel to develop a non-degree Conflict Management Certificate Program (CMCP) consistent with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies mandate to undertake research and public education, and to provide support for peacemaking efforts at various levels. The program would deliver practical, relevant skills taught by recognized practitioners in the emerging field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Content would reflect the values of Grebel and the underlying belief that while conflict is inevitable, violence is not.
With options to do an internship, to work towards skill training, and to develop research skills, MPACS offers a wide variety of ways for students to customize their degree. Jessie chose to take part in every one of those options.