Conference Tracks

Participants will be asked to register in advance for a particular workshop track, and will be encouraged during the conference to stay within that track.  Workshops will run simultaneously through the Thursday/Friday portion of the conference.

  1. Peacemaking in response to violence against women and children.
    Violence against women and children is pervasive throughout our world.  It comes in the forms of systemic oppression, domestic abuse, sex-trafficking, and more.  Religion through the ages has often played a significant role in sanctioning such violence, but it has just as often been an effective force for peace and justice.  This track will explore ways in which alternatives to violence against women and children are being forged within religious communities, protesting injustice, nurturing peace, and empowering women and children.  What elements make for building an empowering curriculum of peace in these contexts?
    Conveners:  Nela Navarre (Rutgers) and Shaykh TA Bashir (House of Peace) and Sally MacNichol (Connect)

  2. Peacemaking in contexts of violence against marginalized communities.
    Civil rights and human rights remain high on the agenda of peacemaking in the 21stcentury.  Racism continues to be pervasive throughout societies across the globe, while violence against immigrants or guest workers, against people on the basis of sexual orientations, and against people of minority religious status is equally pervasive.  Religious leaders must become more effective peacemakers, offering hospitality to strangers and building bridges of reconciliation among peoples of all races, ethnicities, and orientations.
    Conveners:  Philip Lynn (Network for Human Understanding) and Bernard Lafayette (Candler School of Theology)

  3.  Peacemaking and religions of the world.
    The specter of violence committed in the name of religion hangs over our world.  But this is a perversion of what true religion is about.  All religions are ultimately concerned with finding the pathway toward peace.  One need only to utter the words shalom, assalamu alaikum, pax, santi, alaáfía to see that authentic religiosity is ultimately about building pathways of peace.  This track will explore means by which religious leaders can effectively address forms of violence that are supposedly religious-inspired, and how in our multifaith world we can together forge such religious pathways of peace more effectively.
    Conveners:  Moses Biney (NYTS) and TK Nakagaki (Buddhist Council / Interfaith Center)

  4.  Peacemaking in the face of state sanctioned-violence.
    Criminal justice systems, militarism, and empires all have in common the fact that they attempt to respond to violence or the perceived threat of violence by instigating and perpetuating even greater violence.  What are the alternatives?  This track will explore peacemaking and its relationship to the various contemporary movements for social transformation.
    Conveners:  Stephen Eric Bronner (US Academics for Peace and Rutgers University) and Dale Irvin (US Academics for Peace and NYTS)

  5. Eco-peace:  peacemaking for the economy and the ecology.
    The economic justice and ecology movements are both fundamentally peace movements seeking to transform beyond the systemic relations of violence against others in the market-place, and violence against the earth itself.  This track will explore how religious leaders can become more astute at addressing both of these global crises in our era.
    Conveners:  Hyun Kyung Chung (Union Seminary) and Fletcher Harper (Green Faith)