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Nurturing Peace in Contexts of Global Violence

New York Theological Seminary

New York, NY

Nurturing Peace in Contexts of Global Violence

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Student $25.00 $2.37
Co-Sponsor or Partner Church $50.00 $3.74
General Admission $75.00 $5.12

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Religious leaders throughout the world in every faith tradition are challenged today to be active agents of peace.  How can schools of theological education and faith-based grass roots organizations that are training religious leaders be more effective in teaching the ways of peace?  How can we all advance peacemaking more effectively within our various communities of faith?

This conference will explore these questions as we seek to work together to teach and learn about peacemaking both locally and globally.  Bringing together theological educators and others engaged in religious leadership training, we plan to explore existing programs, develop a fuller analysis of what peace means in our diverse religious and cultural our contexts, and plan together for more effective ways of teaching peacemaking.

 Each track will start with concrete case studies where peacemaking is taking place; move through reflection and analysis that includes identifying relevant resources; and propose concrete steps for peacemaking at both the curricular level of religious leadership training, and for action.

Conference Tracks

Participants will be asked to register in advance for a particular conference track, and will be encouraged during the conference to stay within that track.  Conference tracks will run simultaneously through the Thursday/Friday portion of the conference.

1. Peacemaking in response to violence against women and children.      

 Violence against women and children is pervasive throughout our world. This track will explore ways in which alternatives to violence against women and children are being forged within religious communities, protesting injustice, nurturing peace, and empowering women and children.  What elements make for building an empowering curriculum of peace in these contexts?  Workshops include panel discussions on intimate partner violence, the role of men in ending violence against women and children and faith communities responding to violence against women and children.

Conveners:  Nela Navarro (Rutgers), Shaykh TA Bashir (House of Peace) and Sally MacNichol (Connect)


2. Peacemaking in contexts of violence against marginalized communities      

Civil rights and human rights remain high on the agenda of peacemaking in the 21st century.  Racism continues to be pervasive throughout societies across the globe, while violence against immigrants or guest workers, against people on the basis of sexual orientations, and against people of minority religious status is equally pervasive.  Religious leaders must become more effective peacemakers, offering hospitality to strangers and building bridges of reconciliation among peoples of all races, ethnicities, and orientations.

Guest speaker Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., long time civil rights activist, organizer, and authority on nonviolent social change, co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, TN and Selma, AL, leads four workshops in building bridges of reconciliation between peoples of all races, ethnicities and orientations toward effective peacemaking.

Conveners:  Philip Lynn (Network for Human Understanding) and Bernard LaFayette Jr. (Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, Candler School of Theology)


3. Peacemaking and religions of the world.

Most major religions disavow violence and teach their adherents pathways toward peace.  Yet religion is often implicated in conflicts around the world.  This track will explore this paradox within the context of six world religions – Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, African Indigenous Religion, Jainism and Christianity.  Rabbi Jo David, Imam Ibrahim Sayar, Ven. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, Dr. Moses Biney. Mr. Bawa Jain and Sister Camille D’Arienzo will present how different world religions effectively address forms of violence and how religious practitioners and institutions can together forge religious pathways of peace more effectively in a multi-faith world.

Conveners:  Moses Biney (NYTS) and TK Nakagaki (Buddhist Council / Interfaith Center)


4. Peacemaking in the face of state sanctioned-violence.

This track will explore various peacemaking relationships and contemporary movements for social transformation.  Workshops include a presentation on an emerging world movement called “Restorative Justice”, whose practitioners see just response to crime as centered on healing rather than punishment; a presentation by The World Faiths Development Dialogue, housed at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, on their extensive “mapping” of faith-inspired peace-building and development work and how faith- inspired actors are transforming the social, political, and developmental landscape in Cambodia; the award winning “Beyond Genocide” Visual Art Exhibition – a series of contemporary illuminations exploring the history and legacy of genocide around the world.

Conveners:  Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers University, U.S. Academics for Peace), Dale Irvin (New York Theological Seminary, US Academics for Peace)


5. Eco-peace: peacemaking for the economy and the ecology.

The economic justice and ecology movements are both fundamentally peace movements seeking to transform beyond the systemic relations of violence against others in the market-place, and violence against the earth itself.  This track will explore how religious leaders can become more astute at addressing both of these global crises in our era.

 Dr. James Bernard Quilligan, a leader in the field of international development since 1975 will share his vision for the “Great Adjustment” a new economic system which embodies and supports a sustainable human presence on the planet.   The workshops will cover theologies, strategies and methods for mobilizing faith communities for religiously based environmental leadership.  In addition Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung of Union Theological Seminary and Rev. Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith will lead discussions on eco-feminist theology, the greening of worship, religious education, sustainable facility management, environmental justice advocacy and more.

Conveners:  Hyun Kyung Chung (Union Seminary) and Fletcher Harper (Green Faith) 




Conference Schedule


 

Wednesday, May 22

 

       12:30 pm   Registration                (The Interchurch Center (TIC)- Sockman Lounge)

 

        1:00 – 6pm                                                                                        (Sockman Lounge)

                        Excursions to peace-making programs in NYC area.

 

Participants will leave from The Interchurch Center (TIC) 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115 at 1 pm for various sites throughout the NYC region to visit selected programs and sites engaged in peacemaking and then return to The Riverside Church, Assembly Hall (490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027, Entrance at Claremont Ave) for a light supper, opening ritual and plenary address.

 

Excursion sites:

·                Museum of Tolerance

·                Connect

·                UN

 

        6:00           Light supper                                                            (The Riverside Church)

 

        7:00           Opening ritual/liturgy                   (The Riverside Church- Assembly Hall)

 

        8:00           Plenary Address                          (The Riverside Church – Assembly Hall)

§  Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder, Afghan Institute of Learning

 

Support for the evening from the Hostetter-Habib Fund at NYTS

 

 

Thursday, May 23

       8:00 am     Registration

 

       8:30           Morning ritual of peace                                                    (TIC Chapel)

 

       9:00           Opening Panel:                                                                  (TIC Chapel)

        

Offering initial case studies on peacemaking:

·       Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence, Candler School of Theology, Emory University;

·       Noah Silverman, Director, Center for Multifaith Education
Auburn Theological Seminary Associate

·       Dr. Theodore J. Koontz, Professor of Ethics and Peace Studies, Director of Peace and Justice Studies, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

 

       10:15         Break

 

       10:30         Small group break-out discussions of presentations led by facilitators                                           

       11:30         Plenary session:                                                                     (TIC Chapel)

·        Reporting back on small group discussion:  What did we hear?  What can we learn?

 

       12:00 noon            Lunch / Presentation                                 (Sockman Lounge)

Boston U School of Theology peacemaking curriculum – Tom Porter 

 

       2:00 pm     Workshop 1:  Participants follow selected conference track

 

·       Track 1 – Women and Children                         (Conference Room D)

Screening and discussion:  Film “I Believe You: Faith’s response to Intimate Partner Violence” followed by Q & A

 

·       Track 2 –  Marginalized communities                          (Robing Room)

Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. and Phil Lynn

 

·       Track 3 –  Religions of the World                             (TIC Chapel)

Jewish response to violence – Rabbi J. David

Islamic Response – Imam Ibrahim Sayar, Peace Island Institute

 

·       Track 4 –  State-Sanctioned Violence                      (Orthodox Room)

Dr. Stephen Eric Bronner will present his recent work on peacemaking in the Middle East

 

Thursday (cont.)

·       Track 5 –  Eco-peace                                           (Conference Room C)

Keynote Address – Dr. James Quilligan will share his vision for the “Great Adjustment” – a new economic system which embodies and supports a sustainable human presence on the planet.

 

       3:15           Break

 

       3:30           Workshop 2:  Continue in tracks

 

·       Track 1 – Women and Children                        (Conference Room D)

Panel:  Intimate Justice Intimate Peace: Faith Communities responding to Violence against Women and Children.”  - three  activists will discuss the role of religion and religious leaders in their work to help women and children afflicted by intimate violence towards lives of healing and wholeness.

 

·       Track 2 –  Marginalized communities                           (Robing Room)

Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. and Phil Lynn

 

·       Track 3 –  Religions of the World                             (TIC Chapel)

Buddhist response to violence – Ven. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki

Africanist response to violence – Dr. Moses Biney (NYTS).

 

·       Track 4 –  State-Sanctioned Violence                       (Orthodox Room)

Katherine Marshall (Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue at Georgetown University and Georgetown’s Berkeley Center) will share findings and explore how faith-inspired actors are transforming the social, political and developmental landscape in Cambodia.

 

·       Track 5 –  Eco-peace                                          (Conference Room C)

“Dialogue with James Quilligan” – Participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues raised in the keynote address with Mr. Quilligan, developing a deeper understanding of the various economic, ecological and moral aspects of his “Great Adjustment”

 

 

       5:00           Supper                                                                   (Sockman Lounge)

 

       7:00           Plenary Address:                                                                  (TIC Chapel)

§  Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Chicago Theological Seminary

           

Friday, May 24

 

       8:00 am     Registration

 

       8:30           Morning Ritual of Peace                                                   (TIC Chapel)

 

       9:00           Workshop 3: Continue in tracks                    

·       Track 1 – Women and Children                          (Conference Room D)

Panel:  “The Other Half of the Sky: The Role of Men in Ending Violence against Women” – Shakyh T.A. Bashir (House of Peace), Quentin Walcott (CONNECT), Moderators Rev. Dr. Sally MacNichol (CONNECT), Nela Navarro (Rutgers)

 

·       Track 2 –  Marginalized communities                         (Robing Room)

Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. and Phil Lynn

 

·       Track 3 –  Religions of the World                             (TIC Chapel)

Christian response to violence - Sister Camille D’Arienzo (Sisters of Mercy)

      Interfaith response to violence – Bawa Jain

 

·       Track 4 –  State-Sanctioned Violence                      (Orthodox Room)

“Beyond Genocide” Visual Art Exhibition – artist Amy Fagin will present and discuss a series of contemporary illuminations exploring the history and legacy of genocide around the world. 

 

·       Track 5 –  Eco-peace                                         (Conference Room C)

“Green Our Faith” – Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung and Rev. Fletcher Harper will discuss eco-feminist theology, the greening of worship, religious education, sustainable facility management, environmental justice advocacy and more.

 

       10:15         Break

 

       10:30 am   Plenary Session 3: Participants select one of several films with discussion.

(See insert for description of films and moderators)

 

§  “The Imam and The Pastor”   (Suite 500, NYTS Conference Room A)

§   “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”                                  (Orthodox Room)

§   “Divided We Fall”                                                       (Robing Room)

§   “In Light of Reverence”                                   (Conference Room C)

 

 

 

 

Friday (cont.)

       12:00 noon      Lunch / Presentation by Hartford Seminary:            (Sockman Lounge)

“Impacting Interreligious Violence: Hartford Seminary’s International Peacemaking Program”, Dr. Heidi Hadsell, Hartford Seminary President, The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lee, Hartford International Peacemaking Program Coordinator

       2:00 pm     Workshop 4: Continue in tracks

·       Track 1 – Women and Children                          (Conference Room D)

Formulate final statements

 

·       Track 2 –  Marginalized communities                           (Robing Room)

Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. and Phil Lynn

 

·       Track 3 –  Religions of the World                                    (TIC Chapel)

Formulate final statements

 

·       Track 4 –  State-Sanctioned Violence                      (Orthodox Room)

Presentation and discussion on “Restorative Justice - Don Shriver, Peggy Shriver and John Delfs

 

·       Track 5 –  Eco-peace                                           Have questions about Nurturing Peace in Contexts of Global Violence? Contact New York Theological Seminary

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Nurturing Peace in Contexts of Global Violence
The Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Drive (Entrance on 120th St and Claremont Ave)
New York, NY 10115


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For additional information contact Lori Hartman, Director, C-SPUR at lhartman@nyts.edu or 212-870-1265

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