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The second Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation commenced on July 9, 2016. The CRCC’s goal with the Institute is to train Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders from around the world in inter-religious understanding and dialogue and conflict transformation. The 2016 cohort includes Egyptians, Indonesians, Israelis, Nigerians, Pakistanis, and Palestinians.
Through a series of seminars, workshops and other activities led by scholars, activists, government officials and senior religious leaders with expertise in the field, this unique program gives up-and-coming lay and clerical leaders an opportunity 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 the Institute’s Founding Director, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Professor of Comparative Religion, Chris Taylor.
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. The inaugural Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Resolution, held in June 2013, was also attended by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim men and women from around the world.
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 Institute will continue thanks to generous grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Endeavor Foundation. 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. CRCC Director Jonathan Golden describes the Institute as unique in the way that it delves deep into interfaith dialogue as a mode of conflict transformation. “Religion is one of many root causes of conflict”, says Golden, “and we should never under-estimate the power of religion to motivate people, for good or for bad.” The Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation aims to inspire and empower religious leaders to understand and engage with conflict on a deeper level, using faith as a force for positive change wherever possible.
Read more about this event at Drew Today. Click here for information about our inaugural Drew Institute 2013