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.

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Gala 2017 Registration Open!

Here at Drew’s Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, we find ourselves in the unanticipated situation of having to change the date for our 4th Annual Gala in April.

As you may be aware, Martin McGuinness, former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, passed away a couple of weeks ago, and this year’s CRCC Peacebuilder Awardee, former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell, has been asked to deliver the eulogy at his memorial service at St Patrick’s Cathedral on April 24—the very same day as the Gala. We agreed with Senator Mitchell that this is an honor he could not refuse and so, under these special circumstances, we have rescheduled the Gala for May 1 (same time and same place).

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, but feel that this is the right thing to do.

To accommodate those who may wish to attend the Gala on this new date, we have re-opened our registration until April 14. Should you have any questions about this date change or would like to register for the Gala, please don’t hesitate to contact Ella Slayne at 973-408-4890 or visit our website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Drew on May 1.

Monday, May 1, 2017 | Drew University | Ehinger Center  |  Maps and Directions

George J. MitchellPeace through Perseverance honors George J. Mitchell, former United States Senator from Maine

CRCC 10 yearDrew University Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict Annual Gala and Peacebuilder Award Ceremony

VIP reception 5:30pm  |  Gala dinner 7:00pm

Click here to register  |  About the Award

Drew students – College Graduate, and Theological – are excited to work with CRCC as the new academic year kicks off.

Hear it directly from the students themselves in our new video:

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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. GENERATION Z

For guidelines, click here. Learn more about past fellowship recipients and exhibitions.

Highlights from 2016-2017 CRCC Activities

Peacebuilder Award 2017Transatlantic Connections Conference Ireland 2017.

The 2016 Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference was judged to have been a resounding success. Check back for updates on our fourth year in Ireland, January 11 -14, 2017.

Peacebuilding: From Pakistan to Palestine, March 27, 2017

20170327_213016Tareq 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 lecture March 16, 2017

St. Pats Lecture March 16It’s parading Jim, but not as we know it’: The Orange Order & St. Patrick’s Day in Northern Ireland.”  Drew University Seminary Hall, Room 210

CRCC Sugerman 2017Radical 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 ZaffarFebruary 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 ConferenceUnited 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

Drew UniversityThe 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 KronishRabbi 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 Issa JabberMayor 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 

Drew Students at ILI in Atlanta, 2016
Drew Students at ILI in Atlanta, 2016

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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