March 11-23, 2019
Reconciliation Work in Rwanda: Healing the Trauma of the Genocide
In 100 days (between April and July 1994) nearly 1 million persons identified as Tutsi were murdered in Rwanda. What are the roots of this genocide? How was the Church complicit? How did the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda (EPR), our Rwandan partner, respond in the immediate aftermath of the genocide? What is the level of conflict and trauma that continues to exist today? What reconciliation programs is EPR engaged in implementing today? These are some of the questions our mission coworkers and EPR partners will address during the March 2019 Rwanda Travel Study Seminar. The answers are riveting, and they provide insight into addressing conflict globally- whether American inter-racial conflict, South Sudanese inter-tribal conflict or Myanmar state clashes.
Participants will enjoy the scenic beauty of the “Land of 1000 Hills” and the cleanliness and architectural innovation of Kigali as they visit the Kigali Genocide Museum and other “remembrance” sites located throughout Rwanda. They will learn about the grassroots system of community justice- the Gacaca court system which contributed to the process of reconciliation. Participants will tour the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, the ecumenical higher learning institution where EPR sends theological students, and learn how church leaders answered the question posed by a young student in 1995:“You’re going to teach theology but we know that before the genocide theology was taught in this school. We know that many ministers have been involved in the genocide… Now, what kind of theology are you going to teach us?” Participants will learn how genocide survivors and perpetrators have learned to live together as family in a community called the Light Group.
The experience of American Presbyterians will be enriched by a delegation of participants from the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan who will share in community about their context and the relevance of the Rwandan experience to South Sudan.
The seminar will last 11 days. Participants will be away for one Sunday unless they choose to extend their stay on their own following the Travel Study Seminar. Accommodations are double-occupancy. Some single-occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge.
Application Due Date
Applications are due by November 1, 2018. After that date, applications will be considered as space remains available.
The seminar cost is still being determined. Cost is per person double occupancy including all seminar expenses (meals, accommodations, program, tips, tours, in-country transport). Finalized information will be available soon. International airline transport from USA to Rwanda is not included.
For more information
A sample itinerary and online application form are available on the Peacemaking Program’s Travel Study Seminar webpage or by calling 888-728-7228 x 5805.