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Local Capacities for Peace - Orientation to Young Pastors and Youth
Monday, Jul 11, 2016

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Local Capacities for Peace - Orientation to Young Pastors and Youth

Krishna-Godavari Diocese, Vijayawada

21st and 22nd June 2016


The two day LCP orientation was inaugurated by Most Rev. Dr. G. Dyvasirvadam, Moderator, CSI and Bishop in Krishna Godavari Diocese. The Moderator addressed the participants on what Peace and Conflict mean, the Interaction between Peace and Conflict, and how to approach Conflict with sensitive insights. 25 Young Pastors and youth from various congregations of Krishna Godavari Diocese participated in the workshop. Diocesan Office bearers and Project staff also participated in the inaugural session. Rev. Asir Ebenezer, Director CSI-SEVA) brought greetings and also and briefed on the Social-Action oriented programmes of CSI SEVA.

The Workshop was facilitated and organised by Mr. K.  Prem Madhuker, Coordinator, CSI SEVA, Rev. Mani Paul and Mr. Prince David, CSI SEVA. The facilitators oriented the participants through series of sessions to understand and analyse sources of tension and peace in their own contextual situations.

The participants were given a brief introduction to Local Capacities for Peace, the Network and its partners, following which the participants were clubbed into groups to discuss, analyse and present a case of conflict situation . Participants were able to relate to the case and discuss on elements that Connect and Divide people in their own local situations, which were  presented using flip-charts.

The second day of training session focussed on planning strategic interventions using the Do No Harm Framework. By doing so the participants understood the concept of Implicit Ethical Message, and unpack the intervention-activities to ensure that the intervention does not trigger or intensify the conflict. The participants used dramatic enactments to portray ethical standards and values to be maintained while executing the intervention-activities. Participants were very much receptive and were able to relate the learning to their interpersonal lives.

The closing session was attended by Rev. Dr. Ramani Dyvasirvadam, President, CSI Women’s Fellowship. In her address, she brought out many examples from Bible where conflicts were resolved through peaceful and harmonious measures. She called upon the participants to be Peace volunteers by equipping themselves as agents of social transformation.  This orientation workshop is expected to help the Pastors and the Youth to understand, analyse and assertively handle conflict situations in their own local situations of life both in the Church and Society.

Prince David