In June and July 2013, Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict hosted the first Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Resolution thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This unique program trained young religious leaders in the theory and praxis of 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. During each of the three grant years, the Summer Institute will bring 30 promising young leaders from religious communities around the world to live and study together for three weeks on Drew’s campus.  CRCC Director, Chris Taylor explains that “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.”

The initial Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Resolution ran from June 8, 2013 through July 5, 2013.  The Drew Institute 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.

These countries were selected because their significance as recurring centers of inter- and intra-communal religious conflict, and because they possess religious leaders with important experience in the field of conflict resolution. The Drew CRCC is working closely with local partners in each of these countries to both identify participants and to plan the structure and content of the institutes. Learn about our international partners…

The Carnegie Corporation grant provides partial support for a three-year pilot of the Drew Summer Institutes. By the end of the three-year pilot phase of these institutes, we hope to have trained 18 emerging religious leaders from each country and to have established a vibrant global network of young religious peacemakers. The Center currently seeks to secure an additional $150,000 from other foundations to fully fund this initiative for the initial three-year pilot phase of this innovative project.

Read more about the Summer Institute here.