We'll discuss the role religion can play in creating, transforming, and resolving conflicts: under what conditions can religion be used to fuel conflict? Where can religious conflict resolution be a pertinent and useful tool? And how can it be used effectively?
Leah Watkiss comes from Mississauga, Ontario. She holds a Master of Arts in Peace and Justice from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice and Peace Studies with Religious Studies from King's University College at the University of Western Ontario. The focus of her studies and her passion were nonviolence, Catholic social thought, and religious conflict resolution. She worked as the University of San Diego's Graduate Assistant for Catholic Social Thought, went on Catholic mission trips to Mexico, spent several months living in Ecuador on a cross-cultural exchange program, and completed an internship in applied nonviolence in Oakland, California. Leah also holds a Certificate in the Fundamentals of Volunteer Management from Humber College and has training in mediation, facilitation, and Nonviolent Communication. She currently works as Computer Education Facilitator for Yonge Street Mission, providing computer literacy learning opportunities to adults in Toronto's underserved neighbourhoods and communities.
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