Our programs were created to advance bridge building and promote peace initiatives. They are delivered in the form lectures, interactive series, or online courses.
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. Lesson from the Northern Ireland Peace Process 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, all experiences have the ability to transcend ideology and build bridges of understanding.
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 automatically creates repulsion for its opposite. The program explores how an attraction to goodness can create its opposite, and what can be done to reduce the likelihood of that happening.
The program can be presented in four ways:
1. Brief 30-minute overview. 2. In-depth 60-minute lecture 3. A 90-minute interactive session. 4. Four x 30-45 minute communal sessions for depth and clarity.
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.
The Invisible String that Ties Us Together
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 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.