At Risk Youth

MLK From Strength to Love: Building Peaceful Community Relationships

This course is for those who work in communities of conflict, either from within its own coalitions or from external conflict. In order to achieve the goals of justice and peace for disempowered communities, learn skills to maintain integrity when negotiating compromise. Connect to experienced experts in conflict resolution, intersectionality, and building healthy communities. Participants will do a lot of their work in live online small groups.




8 sessions over 4 Weeks (M/W)

Course Learning Outcomes

“This is not a drama with only one actor.  More precisely it is the chronicle of 50,000 Negros who took to heart the principles of non-violence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimation of the own human worth.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.
from “Strides toward Freedom”

Understanding Spiritual Dilemmas

Understand how spiritual dilemmas present and how they intersect with and are continued by socio-cultural constructs

Discovering Best Practices for Inclusion

Learn, practice, and develop best practices for leaders to build organizations that address their  inclusion in their organizations and communities

Gaining Strategic Awareness

Grow in systemic awareness for strategic planning and decision-making for faith communities

What is so difficult about being in a relationship?

  • Topic overview
  • Shared agreements/ground rules
  • Introduction of thought leaders and participants

Projects that practice dissonance and divergence

  • Northern Ireland (40 minutes)
  • Being in community (40 Minutes)
  • Ecumenical Hunger Project (40 minutes)

Lab: Negotiation and peace

  • Scenarios of inclusion and empowerment
  • Implicit conflict resolution

Central Topics

  • Peace theory and negotiation
  • Introduction of the 11-question framework

Lab: Frameworks

  • Policing, a case study
  • Group framework development

Strategy and structures for real change

  • Policing, a case study
  • Group framework development

What is missing from the toolbox and where do I get the answers

Commenting on questions and presentations from chatter 

Thought Leaders

Byron Bland

Byron Bland (Board Chair)

Associate Director of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation

Stanford University

Nevida Butler

Nevida Butler

Former CEO of Ecumenical Hunger Project

East Palo Alto, CA 

J. Goosby Smith

J. Goosby Smith, MBA, PhD

Assistant Provost for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Co-Director Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Center; Associate Professor of Management & Leadership

The Citadel

Reginald Lyles

Reggie Lyles

Retired Police Captain

Novato, CA 

Valerie Miles-Tribble

Rev. Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble

Associate Professor of Ministerial Leadership & Practical Theology

Berkeley, CA

Brandon Robertson

Brandan Robertson

Pastor of Mission Gathering Church

San Diego, CA 


Hardware Requirements
This course can be taken on either a microphone and video enabled PC or Mac device, including tablets, and smartphones.

Software Requirements
PC: Windows XP or later.
Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
Browser: The latest version of Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred.
Zoom: Click here to download Zoom
Salesforce: Free and downloadable on your mobile device’s App Store. Also accessible via your chosen internet browser via

Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

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