The Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict (CRCC) at Drew focuses critical attention on the complex ways in which cultures and religions interact in moments of crisis and conflict, and on the ways that religions can serve as a resource for building peace.

Upcoming Spring 2015 at CRCC

April 8: ECOoperation:  Transboundary Water ManagementEboo Headshot 2012 (1)
with the Arava Institute’s Clive Lipchin

The Shirely Sugerman Interfaith Forum 2015
April 22, Eboo Patel, founder Interfaith Youth Core
8 p.m. Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts



May 11, Gala Benefit Dinner

Ali Abu Awwad outlines vision for Palestinian -Israeli peace

Ali Abu Awwad at Drew
Left to right: Drew Alumni, Sharif Elzein (B. ’11, M.A.T. ’13), Leah Nadel ’18), Ali Alu Awwad, M. Ali Chaudry


“On the Table” Panel Discussion 
Freedom of (or from) Religion? (
w Peace Islands Inst.) engages Drew students and community partners




CRCC presents Peace Builder award to journalist Niall O’Dowd for his role in Good Friday Peace Process

Mary Lou McDonald presents Drew Peace award to Niall O'Dowd at the Drew CRCC event in Dublin Jan. 12.
Mary Lou McDonald presents Drew Peace award to Niall O’Dowd at the Drew CRCC event in Dublin Jan. 12.

Drew CRCC hosted an evening at the Teachers Club in Dublin, Ireland on Monday night January 12.  Sinn Fein Deputy Leader and TD (Parliamentary Rep) for Dublin Central, Mary Lou MacDonald, presented journalist Niall O’Dowd with the CRCC Peacebuilder award for his role in the Irish Peace Process. O’Dowd,  publisher for leading Irish American publications including Irish Central, played a pivotal role in involving key Irish Americans players the peace process, including the involvement of Bill Clinton.  Also in attendance were former Taoiseach Bertie Ahearne,  Minister of State for Arts and Culture Joseph McHugh, Chairperson of Donegal County Council John Campbell, Irish football star and Sky Sports broadcaster Packie Bonner,  award-winning historian Christine Kinealy and peace activist Don Mullan, winner of the 2014 CRCC Peacebuilder Award.  Drew was represented by University Trustee Judith Campbell, CSGS Associate Dean Bill Rogers, and CRCC Associate Director Jonathan Golden, who served as Master of Ceremonies.

Learn more about the CRCC Ireland Peace Tour.

Alumni of the Drew Institute on Conflict Resolution reunite in Jerusalem

unnamed (1)Father Hariawan Adji O. Carm recently visited with other alumni of the Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The participants were part of unique program that trained young religious leaders in the theory and praxis of religious conflict transformation and peacemaking through a series of seminars, workshops. The Institute, held on Drew’s campus during the summer of 2013, focused on training Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders–both male and female, and both clergy and lay leaders– from Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

“Harry,” a Catholic Priest and lecturer on the Faculty of Humanities at Airlangga State University in Surabaya, spoke at a Yeshiva in the Etzion Block, where he was hosted by Institute alumnus Rabbi Sarel Rosenblatt. Read about Father Hariawan’s visit to Jerusalem.

Betsy Bernard is new Chair of CRCC Advisory Board

Betsy Bernard  PRAfter two years of service on the CRCC Advisory Board, we are thrilled to announce Betsy Bernard as its new Chair. Betsy is an accomplished CEO, experienced public company Board Director and popular speaker.

As President of AT&T, she led more than 50,000 employees in a $27 billion business that served the needs of four million global business customers. For three consecutive years, Bernard appeared on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.”

As Platinum Sponsors for the Inaugural CRCC Gala, Betsy and her partner Laurie were key advocates of CRCC’s mission to build peace through scholarly understanding of conflict and through building global partnerships with organizations like the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund. Learn more.

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