Duke Divinity School Christian-Muslim Peacemaking for Christian Leaders
An opportunity to be part of a seminar on Christian-Muslim Peacemaking June 2-7, 2014 at Duke Divinity School. Scholarships are available.
Duke Divinity School shares this opportunity to be part of their seminar on Christian-Muslim Peacemaking, June 2-7, 2014. Scholarships are available.
The Duke Summer Institute, nourishes, renews, and deepens the capacities of Christian leaders in the ministry of reconciliation, justice, and peace-building through creating a diverse learning community that engages the best in theological scholarship and practical wisdom for ministry over the course of one week. The Summer Institute is designed to have a catalytic impact, resulting in new and renewed ministries of reconciliation, justice and peace-building in a wide variety of contexts. The Summer Institute serves individual leaders seeking renewal and learning opportunities, but also provides resources and frameworks for groups of senior leaders from faith-based organizations, denominations, and academic institutions to deepen and institutionalize their collective understanding and practice of reconciliation. Participants include leaders of faith communities from more than 40 USA states, 25 countries, and 20 denominations who bring their own rich and diverse experiences to the Institute and who receive shared inspiration, transformative learning, and revitalization in their ministries of reconciliation. With approximately 500 alumni, the Summer Institute has been a catalyst for personal and community renewal rippling far beyond the gathering.
One of the seminars being offered is Christian-Muslim Peacemaking for Christian Leaders, taught by Rick Love and Najeeba Syeed-Miller. This seminar will explore the Islamic and Christian views of peacemaking, noting both similarities and differences. Participants will deepen their understanding of biblical peacemaking and be introduced to core values of Islam, Islamic teaching on peacemaking in general and with other religions. There will be a special emphasis on analysis of the key peacemaking texts used by both faiths, along with a focus on finding common ground for the common good. Participants will explore their own practical theology of ministry in interfaith contexts and will leave with intellectual, spiritual, and theological tools to engage in pluralistic settings. Funding for this seminar is provided by the Henry B. Luce Foundation.
Rick Love is an internationally-recognized expert in Christian-Muslim relations and is the president of Peace Catalyst International, an organization devoted to peacemaking. He also serves as associate director of the World Evangelical Alliance Peace and Reconciliation Initiative and on the steering team for Evangelicals for Human Rights. Rick studied as a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture’s Reconciliation Program, which promotes reconciliation between Muslims and Christians, and between Muslim nations and the West. He has been active in the “Common Word” initiative, which promotes dialogue between Muslim and Christian leaders. He has written two books on the topic of peacemaking, as well as numerous articles. Rick lived in Indonesia for nine years as an English teacher, while doing doctoral research, and has traveled extensively. He holds a Th.M. in New Testament studies, a D.Min. in urban studies, and a Ph.D. in intercultural studies.
Najeeba Syeed-Miller is assistant professor of interreligious education at Claremont School of Theology and director of the Center for Global Peacebuilding. She is a prolific practitioner and effective educator in the area of conflict resolution among communities of ethnic and religious diversity. Her involvements range widely, including conducting gang interventions, implementing diversity training in universities and public agencies, conflict resolution in public schools, interreligious dialogue among the Abrahamic traditions, and environmental conflict resolution. Her model of intervention is to build the capacity of those closest to the conflict. In particular her research and community activist efforts have focused on the role of women as agents of peacemaking. Her track record as a peacemaker has made her sought out advisor for state, federal and White House initiatives, and in international conflicts in Guam, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, India and France. She blogs at http://najeeba.com/.
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