Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Mar 16 2017

Welcoming Multiregion’s newest CC: Kids4Peace!

Kids4Peace is a grassroots interfaith youth movement dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in Jerusalem and other divided societies around the world. To achieve this mission, our programs build interfaith communities that embody a culture of peace and empower a movement for change.  Bringing together Jews, Christians (Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox), Muslims (Sunni and Shi’a), Unitarians, Druze, and Bedouins, Kids4Peace operates international summer camps, training seminars and after-school programs for youth age 12-18, as well as workshops for parents and young adults. Programs combine interfaith dialogue, community... Read more »

Feb 15 2017

Touching the Untouchables” Reflections from an Animal Chaplain

Walking down the street, I see a dog that is looking to someone to drop a piece of food. I stop, sit down, make some noises for it to come to me. I give it a cookie and begin to pet it. I notice how people begin to look at me. I continue on down the street, noticing a Cow. I offer a cookie and begin petting. It is thoroughly enjoying the good neck scratch. Again... Read more »

Feb 14 2017

Multiregion CC Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons: “the finger of Adam is now, very much, poised on the nuclear trigger”

On the 16th century ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is Michelangelo’s scene of the finger of God stretched out touching the finger of Adam at the moment of Creation. Five centuries later, our reality is that the finger of Adam is now, very much, poised of the nuclear trigger which could bring about The End of God’s handsome gesture. This is not a political matter or an intimidation ploy; nuclear weapons represent an abomination of... Read more »

Jan 30 2017

CARAVAN’s latest art exhibit “I AM” celebrates Middle Eastern Women

A strategic visual art exhibition celebrating the rich, diverse and pivotal contribution that Middle Eastern women make to the enduring global quest for harmony and peace For Immediate Release - 26 January 2017 As the world’s attention is focused anew on respecting women’s rights, and while there is an increasing need for developing understanding and encouraging friendship between the peoples of the Middle East and West, I AM is a peacebuilding exhibition organized by CARAVAN... Read more »

Jan 30 2017

An Open Letter to Concerned Citizens Around the World, by founder Bishop Swing, ED Victor Kazanjian, and Global Council Chair Kiran Bali

As we witness the events unfolding in the United States, we at the United Religions Initiative (URI) reject any call from anyone that encourages behavior which diminishes the humanity of others. We are a global network comprised of people of all traditions, all beliefs, all nationalities, all races and cultures, all genders and sexualities, and all ages, and we choose to honor the wisdom and beauty of all our sisters and brothers in this global... Read more »

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