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 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 as the new academic year kicks off. Hear it directly from the students themselves in our new video:

Upcoming Events at the CRCC

Arts of Respect 2017

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications due December 12, 2016.

The Center on Religion Culture and Conflict invites applications for the 2016-17 Arts of Respect – Paul Drucker (C’51, P’83) Fellowship Program. Fellows 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 and application form, click here. Learn more about past fellowship recipients and exhibitions.

 

Transatlantic Connections Conference Ireland 2017.

The 2016 Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference was judged to have been a resounding success, and we look forward to our fourth year in Ireland, January 11 -14, 2017. Click here for information regarding the upcoming conference, including keynote speakers, events, and accommodations.

Save the Date

Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Forgiveness and Redemption in Oak Creek, WI. 8 pm, The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University.

Drew University hosts the Shirley Superman Interfaith Forum panel discussion, March 23, 2016, in Shakespeare Theatre. Panelists are, moderator Prof. Kate Ott; Joyce Dubensky, CEO, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding; Sunita Viswanath, Co-founder, Women for Afghan Women, Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus; and Sarah Sayeed, Senior Adviser to Community Affairs, Office of the Mayor, City of New York.For highlights from last year’s 25th anniversary event, click here.

Drew Center on Religion Culture & Conflict, Annual Gala and Peacebuilder Award Ceremony, Monday, April 24, 2017.

Rep.Howard Berman with Shafik and MABSee images from last year’s gala.

 

 

Highlights from 2016 CRCC Activities

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
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.

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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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