We have created two free Experifaith programs to advance bridge building and promote peace initiatives. They are delivered in the form lectures, interactive series, or online courses.
With a belief in energy exchange while also giving the greatest number of people access to important ideas, Gudjon Bergmann, the creator of Experifaith, runs both programs and dialogue facilitation on a donation basis. This means that you can book an event (in-person or online) without worrying about money.
Working Together Towards Harmony
Nobel laureate, Betty Williams, said that humans could not wait for peacebuilding efforts to come from the top down, instead every community needed to work towards peace from the ground up. The stated goal of the interfaith movement is harmony and this program addresses four significant lessons for those who want to work towards a more harmonious society.
1. Understanding the Human and Ideological Personas Padraig O'Malley set forth the idea of the human persona and the ideological persona during the Northern Ireland peace process. The idea explains how people can dehumanize each other and shows how we can create new habits in order to reduce the chances of that happening.
2. Human Experiences Build Bridges Whether we are breaking bread together, helping others side-by-side or praying and meditating together, human experiences have the potential to transcend ideology and build bridges of understanding. We must create room for these kind of experiences.
3. The Scarboro Missions Dialogue Guidelines The ten interreligious dialogue principles created by Dr. Leonard Swidler can be applied to a broader communication strategy and set the tone for how people of different persuasions approach each other.
4. Two Ways to Cultivate Goodness Most people are trying to be good, but according to an ancient Indian principle, attraction to one thing can automatically create repulsion for its opposite. Together, we explore what can be done to reduce the likelihood of that happening.
The program is ideal for faith communities, spiritual groups, service organizations, young adult groups, college groups, non-profit associations, peace activists, and comparative religion students, to name a few. It can only presented in-person in Central Texas (for now), but is available via online platforms internationally.
Upcoming Programs in Central Texas, 2018
Join Gudjon Bergmann for FREE Working Together Towards Harmony programs in Central Texas.
January 28 @ 1:30 PM: Unity of New Braunfels February 3 @ 2 PM: Unity Church of the Hill Country (Kerrville) February 10 @ 10:30 AM: FGS Xiang Yun Temple (Austin) February 17 @ 11 AM: Unlimited Thought Life Enrichment Center (San Antonio)
The second program is directly linked to the Experifaith model. It asks the question: Is experience the invisible string that ties the world’s religions together?
The program begins by recognizing that the religions of the world are not the same, but goes on to show that experience seems to be the great unifier because we are the same. Insights to this point are included from great thinkers, such as Huston Smith, William James and Ken Wilber.
The program is presented in a 60-minute long lecture. It is ideal for groups of seekers, both religious and nonreligious, comparative religion classes, and all places of faith.