Are you a practical idealist, prepared to incorporate your spiritual practice into your action life?
For individual, family and community leaders ready to gain experience based on mission-focused service combined with an academic curriculum.
Reconciliation Leaders are practical idealists who use a systems approach and a toolbox to facilitate reconciling environments for challenges— family, community, organization, national or global.
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The Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program provides tools, techniques and vocational mentoring for personal, interpersonal, systemic and global skills for emerging and seasoned leaders.
Reconciliation Leadership training is available through the basic and advanced reconciliation program.
Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program
The Basic Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program (34 hours)
- Writing a Personal Mission Statement 8 hours.
- The Practice of Reconciliation Leadership 8 hours.
- New Perspectives on Anger, Conflict, Cross-Cultural and Multiethnic Aspects of Reconciliation Leadership 8 hours.
- Practicum 10 hours.
Advanced Program in Reconciliation Leadership (34 hours)
- Designing and Implementing Interventions for Family, Community, Organizational, National and Global Change 8 hours.
- Coaching in Advanced Reconciliation Leadership 8 hours.
- The United Nations and the Harmonization of Nations or equivalent local or national syllabus 8 hours
- Practicum 10 hours.
All applicants must have a prior discussion with Virginia Swain to ensure resonance with the program’s values and ideals.
“By going through the steps of the Reconciliation Leadership program, I have learned to listen within for insights and directions and to trust my inner fortitude. That’s a big plus, indeed, with enhanced confidence as part of the inner journey.” – Gilles Asselin, Reconciliation Leader and International Consultant, Princeton, New Jersey
“When I first began work with the Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program through Virginia Swain’s Institute for Global Leadership, I had no idea that my part in global peace would become so personal. My first global peace assignment was ME. I came to the Institute as a die-hard academic filled with intellectual arrogance. After all, I had PhD in International Human Rights Law! But I still did not have inner-peace—the most important foundation to contribute to unity with our global sojourners. As I journeyed with Virginia’s vision, I found inner-peace resided in me.” – Carolana Callaway, PhD, Reconciliation Leader, Nashville, Tennessee
“I met Virginia soon after 9/11 as I was looking for help to articulate and live out my heart’s calling. As an American Muslim woman, I experienced myself as a container of the conflict in the world around me. America and Islam were being defined as being at odds, and yet, both make me who I am. I knew that I needed to bring these dimensions of me into harmony, and that I wanted to be a peace-builder. I began one-on-one coaching with Virginia, and then entered her certificate program in Reconciliation Leadership. Since then, Virginia has been a lifeline, an important mentor and guide. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and to me, among her most beautiful qualities is her dedication to prayer. This commitment to her own spirituality and connection to God is captured in this book, in which she lives from the inside out, spirit brought into practice in the world, and inspires me to do the same. Reconciliation Leadership has reaffirmed for me the importance of being an integrated human being and the strength and necessity of this integration for the practice of leadership.” –Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Reconciliation Leader and Public Servant, New York, New York.
How Is the Reconciliation Leadership Program Taught?
The learning methodology of Reconciliation Leaders provides personal, interpersonal, systemic and global competency building — integrated with mission-focused training. Participant leaders learn new skills and develop their own mission statement with sensitive and skilled guidance. The program is unique because it helps leaders tap their internal strengths to better promote peaceful resolutions to conflict. The approach has broad applications to family feuds, community and national disputes, and even global challenges. The methods learned are useful to professional and international peacemakers as well as anyone interested in creating a just, sustainable, multiethnic and intercultural world community. Participants from all sectors are welcome and may participate in the full program or only the Introduction sequence.