Conference Schedule

Wednesday, May 22

          1:00 – 6pm  Excursions to peace-making programs in NY area.

Participants will leave from The Interchurch Center (TIC) at 1 pm for various sites throughout the NYC region to visit selected programs and sites engaged in peacemaking and then return to The Riverside Church, Assembly Hall for a light supper, opening ritual and plenary address.

Excursion sites:

Museum of Tolerance – A human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today

Connect – A leading, non-profit training, educational and advocacy organization dedicated to the prevention and elimination of interpersonal violence in New York City.

United Nations – Office of The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG) which serves as the United Nation’s spokesperson and political advocate on conflict-related sexual violence and is the chair of the network UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict. 

 6:00            Light supper 

7:00            Opening ritual/liturgy  

8:00            Plenary Address 

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder, Afghan Institute of Learning

 Support for the evening from the Hostetter-Habib Fund at NYTS


 Thursday, May 23 

8:00 am      Registration 

8:30            Morning ritual of peace 

9:00            Opening Panel:

      Presentations offering initial case studies on peacemaking from:

Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-   Residence, Candler School of Theology, Emory University;

Rabbi Justus Baird, Dean, Auburn Theological Seminary and

Dr. Theodore J. Koontz, Professor of Ethics and Peace Studies, Director of Peace and Justice Studies, Annabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

10:15          Coffee/tea break

10:30          Small group break-out discussions of presentations led by  facilitators  

11:30          Plenary session:

Reporting back on small group discussion:  What did we hear?  What can we learn? 

12:00 p.m Lunch/ Presentation by Boston University School of Theology on its peacemaking curriculum – Tom Porter

2:00 pm       Workshop 1: Participants follow selected conference tracks

Track 1 – Women and Children

Screening and discussion:  Film “I Believe You: Faith’s response to Intimate Partner Violence” followed by Q & A 

Track 2 – Marginalized communities

Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. and Philip Lynn

Track 3 – Religions of the World

Jewish response to violence – Rabbi J. David

Islamic Response – Imam Ibrahim Sayar, Peace Island Institute

 Track 4 – State- Sanctioned Violence

“Violence and the Sovereign” – Dr. Stephen Eric Bronner Discusses the impact of American foreign policy on peacemaking in the Middle East.

 Track 5 – Eco-peace

Keynote Address – Dr. James Quilligan will share his vision for the “Great Adjustment” – a new economic system which embodies and supports a sustainable human presence on the planet.

          3:15            Break

3:30            Workshop 2:  Continue in tracks 

Track 1 – Women and Children

Panel:  “Intimate Justice Intimate Peace: Faith Communities responding to Violence against Women and Children.”  – 3 activists will discuss the role of religion and religious leaders in their work to help women and children afflicted by intimate violence towards lives of healing and wholeness.

 Track 2 – Marginalized communities

Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. and Phil Lynn

 Track 3 – Religions of the World

Buddhist response to violence – Ven. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki,

Africanist response to violence – Dr. Moses Biney (NYTS)

Track 4 – State- Sanctioned Violence

Executive Director Katherine Marshall and colleagues from the World Faiths Development Dialogue at Georgetown University and Georgetown’s Berkeley Center will share findings and explore how faith-inspired actors are transforming the social, political and developmental landscape in Cambodia.

Track 5 – Eco-peace

“Dialogue with James Quilligan” – Participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues raised in the keynote address with Mr. Quilligan, developing a deeper understanding of the various economic, ecological and moral aspects of his “Great Adjustment

 5:00            Supper 

         7:00            Plenary Address:

         Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite,Chicago Theological Seminary


Friday, May 24

 8:00 am       Registration 

         8:30            Morning Ritual of Peace

 9:00            Workshop 3:  Continue in tracks

Track 1 – Women and Children

Panel:  “The Other Half of the Sky: The Role of Men in Ending Violence Against Women” – Shakyh TA Bashir (House of Peace), Quentin Walcott (Connect), Moderator Rev. Dr. Sally MacNichol (Connect), Nela Navarro (Rutgers)

 Track 2 – Marginalized communities

Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. and Phil Lynn

 Track 3 – Religions of the World

Jainist response to violence – Mr. Bawa Jain,

Christian response to violence – Sister Camille D’Arienzo, Sisters of Mercy and religion commentator for 1010 WINS Radio in NYC.

 Track 4 – State-Sanctioned Violence

“Beyond Genocide” Visual Art Exhibition – artist Amy Fagin will present and discuss a series of contemporary illuminations exploring the history and legacy of genocide around the world.

 Track 5 – Eco-peace

“Green Our Faith” – Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung and Rev. Fletcher Harper will discuss Eco-feminist theology, the greening of worship, religious education, sustainable facility management, environmental justice advocacy and more.

    10:15             Coffee/tea break

    10:30             Plenary Session 3:  Participants select one of several films with discussion:

– “The Imam and The Pastor”, moderator, Dr. David Smock, Senior Vice President, Centers of Innovation, and Director, Religion and Peacemaking Center, USIP;

“Pray the Devil Back to Hell”, moderator, Abigail Disney, Producer;

         –“Divided We Fall”, moderator, TBD;

         –“In Light of Reverence”, moderator, Jeff  Benvenuto, Rutgers

   12:00 noon     Lunch / Presentation by Hartford Seminary:

“Impacting Interreligious Violence: Hartford Seminary’s International Peacemaking Program”, Dr. Heidi Hadsell, Hartford Seminary President, The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lee, Hartford International Peacemaking Program Coordinator

     2:00 pm      Workshop 4: Continue in tracks

 Track 1 – Women and Children

Formulate final statements

 Track 2 – Marginalized communities

Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. and Phil Lynn

 Track 3 – Religions of the World

Formulate final statements

 Track 4 – State-Sanctioned Violence

Presentation and discussion on “Restorative Justice”, an emerging world movement whose practitioners see just response to crime as centered on healing rather than punishment – Don Shriver, Peggy Shriver and Dawn Ravella

Track 5 – Eco-peace

Green Our Faith cont. – Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung, Rev. Fletcher Harper

Participants discuss theologies, strategies and methods for mobilizing faith communities for religiously based environmental leadership and will receive resources to enrich their spirituality.

          3:15            Break

          3:30            Plenary Session 4:

“Peacebuilding in the Midst of Conflict: Views from Pakistani Religious Leaders.”  United States Institute of Peace


 Saturday, May 25

        8:30 am      Morning ritual of peace

         9:00            Graduate presentations – 1

        10:00          Break      

        10:15          Graduate Presentations – 2

        11:15           Break

        11:30          Graduate Presentations – 3