The CRCC will host the first Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Resolution this June to train 30 Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders from around the world in religious conflict transformation and peacemaking.
Through a series of seminars, workshops and other activities led by scholars and senior religious leaders with expertise in the field, this unique program will allow up-and-coming lay and clerical leaders to live and engage with each other as they study for three weeks on Drew’s campus.
“Through the intensive training they receive, these emerging leaders will be better equipped both to challenge radical religious leaders and manifest a positive alternative influence on their congregations, constituencies, and communities with regard to building positive relationships with other communities,” said Director of the CRCC and Professor of Comparative Religion, Chris Taylor.
The initial Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Resolution will run from June 10, 2013 through July 3, 2013and will focus on training Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders, including both clergy and lay leaders — both male and female – -from Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan and Nigeria.
The participating countries were selected based on the recurrence of intra-communal religious conflict and the presence of religious leaders with vital experience in the field of conflict resolution.
Some participants include: Nerlian Gogali, founder of Institute Mosintuwu, a women’s grassroots peace movement in Indonesia; Samson Auta, Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) Coordinator for the Northwest region of Nigeria; Yael Gidanyan, board chair of the Interfaith Encounter Association in Israel; and Muhammad Raghib Hussain, principal of the Jamia Naeemia, the largest moderate madrassa in Lahore, Pakistan, whose father was assassinated for opposing the Taliban.
The Drew CRCC continues to work closely with local partners in each of these countries to identify participants and plan the structure and content of the Institute. The Drew Summer Institutes will run for three years thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. By the end of the pilot phase of these institutes, Drew University aims to have 18 trained emerging leaders from each country and establish a vibrant global network of young religious peacemakers.