Courses in Community

Faith in Conflict: Racism, Terrorism, and Toxic Religion

Course Description:

Join us as we explore the historical and theological roots of one of the world’s longest-running conflicts- the Troubles of Northern Ireland- and how a community of faith helped build peace and pursue reconciliation. Together we will realize the key role religious leaders play in both conflict and peacebuilding, develop practical skills for ministry that reconcile, and use theology to develop a narrative of human engagement in conflict.




About Your Instructor


Gary Mason is a Methodist minister and directs a conflict organization based in Belfast called “Rethinking Conflict.” Prior to this, he spent 27 years as a Methodist clergy person in parish ministry in Belfast and has played an integral role in the Northern Irish peace process.

Have questions about the course or need help?

Contact Chrystal Golden, Program Coordinator for The Candler Foundry


Phone: 404-727-3324

Class Sessions:

  • Saturday, August 8: 10:00-12:00pm

  • Wednesday, August 12: 5:00-6:30pm

  • Saturday, August 15: 10:00-12:00pm

  • Wednesday, August 19: 5:00-6:30pm

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Session 1: August 8, 2020, 10:00-12:00pm


• The Legacy Ghosts – slavery & sectarianism
• Clip – Background to Irish History
• Fools for Christ – BBC Documentary
• Break
• Lecture on Religious Sectarianism & Racism
• Video Clip – NYC Skin Colour and Racism

• Closing comments


Session 2: Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 5:00-6:30pm

Biblical Perspectives on Reconciliation and Forgiveness 

  • Video clip – Invictus

  • Lecture

  • Break

  • Conversation & Dialogue – Teaching the Past





Session 3: Saturday, August 15, 2020, 10:00-12:00pm

The Faith Community and Peacebuilding: Theology and Practice

  • Lessons from Reconciliation Processes for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  • Break

  • Lecture: What is reconciliation? Really?





Session 4: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 5:00-6:30pm

Talking to the People of Violence

Talking to the People of Violence

    • UTV programme & Interview

    • Discussion

    • Break

    • Lecture