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
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Highlights from Recent CRCC Activities
Gala 2017: Peace through Perseverance honored George J. Mitchell, former United States Senator from Maine
View the Event Page and Photo Gallery | Read about the event at Drew Today
Transatlantic Connections Conference Ireland 2017.
The CRCC awarded the Peacebuilder award in recognition of the extraordinary contribution of Pat Hume to the Irish Peace Process. John Hume, Jr. accepted the award on behalf of his mother. Read more about the Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference and our fourth year in Ireland, January 11 -14, 2017.
The CRCC Peacebuilder Award
Established in 2014, the Peacebuilder Award honors individuals and organizations that stand as paragons of peacebuilding, who work to end conflict and to build bridges between peoples. Learn more about our honorees here.
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 program guidelines, click here. Learn more about past fellowship recipients and exhibitions.
Peacebuilding: From Pakistan to Palestine, March 27, 2017
Tareq Samman and Muhammed Hussain, participants in the 2017 Drew Institute of Religion and Conflict Transformation, spoke about their innovative practices for building peace and justice for communities in conflict.
Bryony May, Arlo Ayres Brown Visiting Professor lectures at Drew University
“‘It’s parading Jim, but not as we know it’: The Orange Order & St. Patrick’s Day in Northern Ireland,” March 16, 2017
“Conflict in Art,” April 20, 2017
Radical Redemption: Confronting Fear and Hatred in the Wake of Tragedy. The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, March 1, 2017
“Know Your Rights: Navigating Civil Liberties and Security” with Ehsan Zaffar, February 24, 2017 .
Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Muslim Jewish Women’s Leadership Conference at Drew University, December 4, 2016.
United States Senator for New Jersey Cory Booker spoke to over 450 Muslim and Jewish women at sold-out Leadership Conference
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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