Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict (CRCC) focuses critical attention on the complex ways in which people from different cultural, ethnic and religion traditions interact, and how both difference and similarity can serve as a resource for building peace.
Our mission is to educate a next generation of leaders in interfaith and intercultural understanding and peace.
Drew students – College Graduate, and Theological – are excited to work with CRCC as the new academic year kicks off. Hear it directly from the students themselves in our new video:
Upcoming Events at the CRCC
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum
Radical Redemption: Confronting Fear and Hatred in the Wake of Tragedy
Free and open to the public, but registration is required.
March 1, 8 pm, The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University.
In August 2012, a neo-Nazi gunman opened fire on the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sikh temple, killing temple president Satwant Singh Kaleka and five other congregants. Join CRCC as Serve 2 Unite founder Pardeep Kaleka, son of the slain temple president, and Arno Michaelis, Serve 2 Unite educator and former white supremacist, speak frankly about forgiveness, redemption, and efforts to reach students nationwide with their message of overcoming hatred.
For highlights from last year’s 25th anniversary event, click here.
Gala 2017 Announced!
Peace through Perseverance honors George J. Mitchell, former United States Senator from Maine
Drew University Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict Annual Gala and Peacebuilder Award Ceremony, Monday, April 24, 2017.
Click here to register.
See images from last year’s gala.
Arts of Respect 2017
The Center on Religion Culture and Conflict invited applications for the 2016-17 Arts of Respect – Paul Drucker (C’51, P’83) Fellowship Program. Fellows to receive up to $1,000 to facilitate art projects that explore the theme of RESPECT and encourage members of the campus community to do the same.
For guidelines, click here. Learn more about past fellowship recipients and exhibitions.
Highlights from 2016-2017 CRCC Activities
Transatlantic Connections Conference Ireland 2017.
The 2016 Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference was judged to have been a resounding success. Check back for updates on our fourth year in Ireland, January 11 -14, 2017.
Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Muslim Jewish Women’s Leadership Conference at Drew University, December 4, 2016.
The 2016 Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation
The second Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation commenced on July 10, 2016.
The CRCC’s goal with the Institute is to train Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders from around the world in religious conflict transformation and peacemaking. The 2016 cohort includes Egyptians, Indonesians, Israelis, Nigerians, Pakistanis, and Palestinians. Read more…
Drew University Commencement Speaker 2016. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Paragon of Pluralism
Barer Distinguished Fellow 2016: Don Mullan
Through a generous gift from Dr. Sol J. and Meri Barer and the Barer Family, Drew CRCC welcomed Global peace activist Don Mullan as the Barer Distinguished Visiting Fellow for 2016-2017. Don Mullan is an Irish peacebuilder, humanitarian, media producer and best-selling author … learn more.
Religion as a Source of Peace, April 14, 2016. CRCC Partnered with Peace Islands Institute.
Drew Hosted Homeland Security Interfaith Council Meeting, March 2016.
CRCC celebrated Better Together Day with guest Egyptian peace activist, Amira Abouhussein, April 6, 2016.
On October 31, 2016 the CRCC hosted Coexistence and Inter-Religious Cooperation in Israel and Palestine: A Public Dialogue.
Rabbi Ron Kronish (right), educator, author & speaker and Founder & Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), now a department of Rabbis for Human Rights, in conversation with Mayor Issa Jabber of Abu Gosh (left), lecturer, teacher and former Director of Education. Read more.
On the Table Lunch Series, 2016
Drew students speak about South Africa Shortrec Program and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland
Learning Interfaith Leadership in Atlanta
A part of a student leadership mentoring program, CRCC sponsored 10 students in attending Interfaith Leadership Institute in Atlanta. The Drew students learned a tremendous amount at the ILI, about themselves, each other, and their relationship with their own faith tradition … continued.
Drew University CRCC was home to the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund (AGFAF) Retreat, November 4 – 6, 2016.
Two dozen students from Afghanistan, now studying at universities throughout the US, gathered again at Drew University for their annual meeting. Attending was Drew’s own undergraduate and CRCC intern Bahara Mohammadi, a AGFAF student who is currently enrolled in the Drew Seminar Global Peacebuilding and Interfaith Leadership. The retreat featured an inspiring presentation by Mount Holyoke College student Sajia Darwish, who has completed a project to build a library at her former high school in Afghanistan. On Darwish’s motivation, and her negotiations to build the Baale Parwaz Library, Farsi for “wings to fly,” click here.
Drew students continue to support AGFAF’s efforts though an online TOEFL tutoring program for students in Afghanistan.
Community Policing 2.0 Program, November 14, 2016.
Distinguished panelists included Jonathan Parham, Chief of Police, Linden Police Department, Bernard Kerik, Former NYC Police Commissioner, and Tommy Tunson, PhD., J.D., Former Police Chief. Read more about the Certificate in Conflict Resolution & Leadership at Drew.
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