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Vision, Mission, Goals (VMG), Annual Plan, Projects, and Programs of the RCPL
The vision of the Religion, Culture, and Peace Lab (RCPL) is for faculty members and students to take part actively in the creation of a just and peaceful world.
The mission of the Religion, Culture, and Peace Lab (RCPL) is to complement the Ph.D. program in Peacebuilding to develop a holistic approach to peace education and prepare excellent peacebuilders for the world. So far, the Ph.D. program in Peacebuilding has primarily emphasized the academic and cognitive dimensions of peace studies. Now with the existence of the RCPL, we envision a holistic approach to the Peacebuilding program through developing the following three qualities of an excellent peacebuilder:
- Virtuous peacebuilders: A virtuous peacebuilder is one who embodies ethical principles and the capacity to resolve conflict ethically. In this micro context of the RCPL, producing a virtuous peacebuilder requires opportunities for widening familiarity with ethics and facilitated the cultivation of ethical principles or virtues.
- Peacebuilders with noteworthy values: Excellent values are values that are harmless to all and induce long-term happiness, welfare, benefit, and peace for oneself, others, and the whole world. Such values can be found in cultures and religions around the world. In the context of the RCPL, these values can be brought into discussion, reflection, practice, and embodiment through seminars and forums for learning and sharing.
- Practical and wise peacebuilders: A knowledgeable peacebuilder is the one who has mastery of the most updated knowledge of the peace studies field and the context where he or she works. A wise peacebuilder is the one who has keen discernment of knowledge and reality including the inner self and the external reality and knows how to apply knowledge correctly and effectively for greater benefit and peace for all including oneself. In this academic environment, the PhD Program has long emphasized theoretical knowledge development. There is a lack of practical wisdom in peacebuilding. To fill in this gap, the RCPL will facilitate training and sharing of practical wisdom through workshops, field exposures, and others.
IRCP functions as a Religion, Culture, and Peace Laboratory (RCPL) with the purpose of enhancing the Ph.D. program in peacebuilding in two ways:
1. As a place for faculty and Ph.D. students to carry out activities that help test hypotheses about how best to nurture interfaith understanding; how to create new peacebuilding theories that pay special attention to cultural variances, etc.
2. As a place to provide activities, other than scholarly pursuits, that prepare Ph.D. students to be better peacebuilders. These would be such things as
– learning how to deal with discouragement in the midst of seemingly intractable conflicts;
– learning how to operate outside one’s own comfort zone;
– developing empathy while playing a third-party role in conflict transformation;
– training to see the “big” picture, and other such things.
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