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Messiah College to present lecture by conflict resolution educator

GRANTHAM, Pa. (Oct. 27, 2005) — The Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College will present a lecture by Vern Neufeld Redekop, a well-known Canadian conflict resolution educator and practitioner, on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium in the Frey academic building on the college’s Grantham campus. For more information, contact Eric Seibert, director of the Sider Institute, at (717) 766-2511, extension 2546.

Redekop will address “Curing the World of Violence through Reconciliation and Blessing” and will base his talk on his recent book titled, “From Violence to Blessing: How an Understanding of Deep-Rooted Conflict Can Open Paths to Reconciliation.”

Redekop’s research has focused on creating an integrated, interdisciplinary model of the human person and of social phenomenon related to conflict and its positive alternatives by using tools and concepts from philosophy, sociology, political psychology, anthropology and theology. His work has been used in Rwanda, Sudan, Canada, the United States and many other countries.

Redekop is familiar with the profound dynamics and challenges of working with violence and peacemaking in practical settings. While serving as president of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, he has gained more than two decades of experience working in prisons in restorative justice, within churches, and as an educator training hundreds of people in conflict resolution and mediation techniques. Redekop has most recently developed a master’s level academic program in conflict studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, where he currently serves on the faculty of human sciences and as director of educational programming for conflict studies.

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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