Specialized Certificate in Biblical Peacemaking-OLD

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The Certificate in Biblical Peacemaking provides a means to construct one’s theology of peacemaking through biblical, theological, and ethical reflection. With this foundation, students will apply their learning in a practical setting.

Designed to serve the needs of students from the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), this program will be called the Postgraduate Certificate in Biblical Peacemaking when referenced within their educational and cultural contexts. It is open to domestic as well as international students.


Primary Faculty

Dr. Scott Holland, Slabaugh Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of Peace Studies and
Cross-Cultural Studies
Dr. Debbie Roberts, continuing adjunct faculty, conflict transformation
Dr. Daniel W. Ulrich, Wieand Professor of New Testament Studies



Graduates with a (Postgraduate) Certificate in Biblical Peacemaking will be able to

  1. communicate a biblical theology of peacemaking that is informed by skillful, contextual readings of biblical texts and by theological and ethical reflection;
  2. plan, implement, and evaluate peacemaking initiatives that are contextually appropriate, nonviolent, and consistent with the student’s interpretations of scripture, theology, and ethics.



This certificate requires 18 hours of coursework, which include specific courses in biblical, peace, and theological studies as well as a practicum, as listed in the catalog. Students can take any number of courses in a semester. Not all courses are offered every year. The certificate can be completed in two years.


Required Courses
  • B204 Gospel of Peace
  • B 342 Interpreting Romans as a Resource for Peacemaking (New spring 2021)
  • One of the following courses:
    P210 Just Peace
    P228 Religion as a Source of Terror and Transformation
    P249 Peace of the City and Quest for Public Theology
  • One of the following courses:
    P201 Conflict Transformation
    P273 Mediation as a Social and Spiritual Practice
    P235 Restorative Justice
  • One of the following courses:
    T227 Ecological Theology
    T228 Environmental Ethics in Theological Perspective
  • Practicum


Admissions Process Deadlines

Fall session:           July 15
Spring session:     December 1



Total cost for 18 credit hours is $8,640. Students may apply for financial aid through Bethany: Church Service Covenant Grant, Academic Excellence Scholarship, and need-based aid.

Through our generous financial aid program, students may reduce their total tuition costs to as low as $2,200 for the entire certificate if it is completed in four semesters. There is a $350 extension fee if a fifth semester is needed. An institutional loan program is also available for those who qualify. For full details on financial aid, payment plans, and extension fees, contact the Admissions Office.

For more information on this certificate and courses, refer to the Academic Catalog.