Bethlehem Institute of Peace and Justice Offers New Masters Program

Palestine (MNN) — Amid frequent shootings and explosions in the West Bank, the Bethlehem Institute for Peace and Justice (on Bethlehem Bible College) works for non-violence.

Andrew Bush talks about the new Master of Arts in Peace and Justice. “This is a program, an innovative, accredited and primarily online degree offered in partnership with St. Stephen’s University in New Brunswick, Canada. We have been working on this project for about three years.

The MAPJ is a 2-year program and 39 credits. It offers courses on peacemaking and justice in the Palestinian context. Bush says, “Then, provided by St. Stephen’s University, there are courses such as The inner transformation of a peacemaker (talking about the inner spiritual development of a peacemaker).

Other courses cover biblical theology of peace and justice, peace and violence in the Old and New Testaments, practical nonviolence, and how peacebuilding interacts with religion.

Take the course

People all over the world can take this course. Interested ? Visit bipj.org to find out more or to register.

Most courses are completely online. Students can access lectures at their convenience. During the second year of the programme, students will visit the BBC campus for a two-week field study. They will visit Bethlehem, Jericho, Hebron, Jerusalem, Nablus and Nazareth.

Who will benefit from these courses? Bush says, “It will help people in any setting. They can develop their understanding of peacemaking, reconciliation and the complex art, so to speak, of seeking peace and justice.

Many students who have completed the BIPJ certificate program have gone on to work with refugees and human rights in the Middle East.

Header photo courtesy of Bethlehem Bible College.

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