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. Our goal is educate a next generation of peacebuilders.

The Irish Peace Process:
What is Happening in Northern Ireland?

For the first On the Table “brown bag” lunch talk of the Fall 2015 Semester, CRCC teamed up with the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies- Irish Studies program to discuss recent events in Northern Ireland.  As political dissent rattles Stormont, a panel of Ireland Studies experts reminded us that peace processes are just that: processes.   Read more…

“If I am only for myself…” Oct 22 Crawford Hall 7pm

A panel of scholars, authors, and activists come together to discuss their critical and courageous work ‘standing up for the other”, with:
Mehnaz Afridi
, Assistant Professor of Religion at Manhattan College, Director of the Holocaust,    Genocide and Interfaith Education Center;
Todd Green, Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College, Author of The Fear of Islam;
Andrea Varadi, Board Member  Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom.


 CRCC to host Afghan Student Leadership Conferenceagfaf small

This October, over 20 students from Afghanistan, now studying at universities throughout the US, will come together at Drew University for their annual meeting.  One of CRCC’S long-term partners, AGFAF seeks to empower young women who are committed to working for gender equality and improving life in Afghanistan by providing them with educational opportunities.  Read more…

Recent Events at CRCC 

The 2nd Annual CRCC GALA was held May 11 | 7 p.m. at the beautiful home of Dr. Sol and Mrs. Meri Barer. The CRCC honored 2015 Peacebuilder Award Recipients:

BlinkNow Foundation Founder and CEO Maggie Doyne and The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

View “CNN Hero Maggie Doyne: 43 kids and counting.”

View the gallery of the evening’s events.



Eboo Patel at Drew University, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum 2015                                                               

The CRCC was happy to host Eboo Patel and his colleagues from the Interfaith Youth Core for the Sugerman Forum on April 22nd, 2015. Eboo met with faculty and students across campus, and gave an inspiring lecture on the need for interfaith dialogue in today’s world. The CRCC is proud to be in partnership with Eboo and the IFYC to encourage young leaders to learn about interfaith work and leadership for the future. View photos of Eboo’s visit to campus.

Ali Abu Awwad at Drew


On the Table Panel Discussion: Freedom of (or from) Religion?  The Peace Islands Institute engages Drew students and community partners by asking questions such as: Where is the line between freedom of expression as protected speech, and hate speech, as banned by law in many states and nations? What is the appropriate balance between freedom of religious expression and laws that exclude religion in certain spaces (i.e “separation of church and state”)?


CRCC presents Peacebuilder 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.

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