The Role of Religion and Ethnicity in Contemporary Conflict: Related Emerging Tactics, Strategies and Methodologies of Mediation and Resolution

With much gratitude to our sponsors, authors, contributors, editor-in-chief, peer review panel member, and the entire publishing team, it is our sincere honor to announce the publication of the maiden edition of the Journal of Living Together.

"The Role of Religion and Ethnicity in Contemporary Conflict: Related Emerging Tactics, Strategies and Methodologies of Mediation and Resolution" Journal of Living Together, Volume 1, Issue 1, September 2014. ISSN 2373-6615 (Print) ISSN 2373-6631 (Online)

“The Role of Religion and Ethnicity in Contemporary Conflict: Related Emerging Tactics, Strategies and
Methodologies of Mediation and Resolution”
Journal of Living Together,
Volume 1, Issue 1, September 2014.
ISSN 2373-6615 (Print)
ISSN 2373-6631 (Online)

Welcome to the first edition of the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation’s Journal of Living Together. We were surprised and delighted to receive so many outstanding submissions, and see the resounding response to our very first call for papers as an appreciable indication of the connection people feel to our mission and our community.

Through this journal it is our intention to inform, inspire, reveal and explore the intricate and complex nature of human interaction in the context of ethno-religious identity and the roles it plays in war and peace. By sharing theories, observations and valuable experiences we mean to open a broader, more inclusive dialogue between policymakers, academics, researchers, religious leaders, representatives of ethnic groups and indigenous peoples, and field practitioners around the world.
 
To read the online version of the Journal of Living Together’s Volume 1, Issue 1, “The Role of Religion and Ethnicity in Contemporary Conflict: Related Emerging Tactics, Strategies and
Methodologies of Mediation and Resolution”, or to subscribe to receive the printed copy of the Journal, please visit  http://icermediation.org/Mediation/Daf/JournalofLivingTogether.php
 
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We look forward to receiving your feedback and possibly new papers for upcoming issues. 

 

The Mediation of Ethnic and Religious Conflicts – Training Certificate Program

Training Certificate Program

The Mediation of Ethnic and Religious Conflicts

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ICERM is currently accepting applications for its Training Certificate Program on “The Mediation of Ethnic and Religious Conflicts.

Are you interested in ethnic, racial, religious or sectarian conflict prevention and resolution? Register today for the training session of your choice and select the class option that is convenient for you.

Please also note that the seating capacity for this training program is limited. Seats are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register now to reserve a seat!

Registration information: To register, visit  www.icermediationtraining.eventzilla.net. You can also register on the ICERM website at http://www.icermediation.org/Mediation/Daf/CertificatePrograms.html.

Participants at the ICERM First Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, October 1, 2014, New York City, U.S.A.

Participants at the ICERM First Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, October 1, 2014, New York City, U.S.A.

Upcoming Training Sessions                          

January 2015:

The January 2015 training sessions are scheduled to start on Monday, January 5, 2015 and end on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

March 2015:

The March 2015 training sessions are scheduled to start on Monday, March 2, 2015 and end on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

May 2015:

The May 2015 training sessions are scheduled to start on Monday, May 4, 2015 and end on Sunday, May 31, 2015.

July 2015:

The July 2015 training sessions are scheduled to start on Monday, July 6, 2015 and end on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

September 2015:

The September 2015 training sessions are scheduled to start on Monday, September 7, 2015 and end on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

November 2015:

The November 2015 training sessions are scheduled to start on Monday, November 2, 2015 and end on Sunday, November 29, 2015.

Tuition – Certificate Program:

The fee for the Training Program is $695 and is payable by check, money order, credit card or bank transfer.

All costs associated with books and other materials, shipping and handling, and assignment delivery are included in the tuition. ICERM members are entitled to a discounted rate of 10 percent.

Important Notice: If a participant is not able to pay the full tuition at least ten (10) days prior to the training session starting date, a non-refundable deposit of $100 is required. All participants are required to pay the full tuition before the first day of the training.

Tuition Waiver and Scholarship: Tuition waivers and scholarships are available on a case by case basis. Approval for a waiver or scholarship request will be dependent on a total evaluation/assessment of the participant’s needs and a recommendation from the ICERM leadership. To request a tuition waiver or scholarship, please send email to icerm(at)icermediation.org detailing your needs and the impact the training program will have on your professional development.

Course Description & Schedule

The Mediation of Ethnic and Religious Conflicts – Training Certificate Program

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Cancellation Policy

ICERM reserves the right to cancel any event due to lack of enrollment or other factors. In the event of a cancellation, registered participants will be notified by e-mail in advance, and all registration fees received by ICERM will be refunded to registered participants.

Cancellation Fees

All registration cancellations by participants must be received in writing and all refunds will be paid after the conclusion of the Training Certificate Program. Registration cancellations received at least ten (10) days prior to the training session starting date will be charged an administration fee of $50.00 in addition to the reimbursement charges associated with the method of payment or fund transfer. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund. Cancellation notices should be directed to the ICERM Office by email: icerm(at)icermediation.org.

 

 

New Militant Movements in Africa and the Middle East

CALL FOR PAPERS: JOURNAL OF LIVING TOGETHER

New Militant Movements in Africa and the Middle East

The Journal of Living Together is currently accepting papers for a special issue highlighting the rise of new militant movements and their impact on the societies of Africa and the Middle East.

Throughout history, there have been movements that have adopted violent means as a tool of redress for perceived or inherent injustices. This year, we remember twenty years of the Rwandan Genocide, a barbaric atrocity in which hundreds of thousands of Rwandans were massacred. Much research contends that the seed of Rwanda’s genocide was sown by the Belgian colonial regime, which divided a people that had been living side by side for generations. Since the Rwandan Genocide, more than a million other lives have been lost in Africa as a result of wars that are motivated by socio-cultural and political factors whose primary motive is to gain power and control economic resources.

In addition to the violence perpetrated to control resources is a surge of religious terrorism on the continent. This perilous situation is not unique to Africa. The Middle East has endured a similar crisis for decades. More recently, the Arab Spring which was looked upon with hope has evolved into bloodshed. The instability in the region has given rise to many militant groups operating freely from Iraq to Syria. Today, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), a group founded by disparate Sunni insurgent groups after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, is terrorizing the region almost unchecked. In Nigeria and Cameroon, Boko Haram has captured and slaughtered many innocent citizens in the name of religion. In Kenya and Somalia, Al Shabaab claims it is their faith driving their campaign of kidnapping and killing.

Since the beginning of the new millennium, the number and variety of these terrorist organizations operating freely in Africa and the Middle East has continued to grow with devastating consequences. Only few of these groups or their leaders have received serious study.

In this special issue, we are particularly interested in articles and case studies that address any of the following questions:

  • What are the ideological roots of these movements?
  • How do these movements deviate from their religious roots?
  • What devastating impacts do these movements have on the corresponding society?
  • What new tools are available to governments and peace organizations to prevent the
    expansion of these groups and to stem terrorism?
  • What models or means used in the past have helped to curb the activities of similar groups?
  • Also to be considered are in-depth scholarly biographies of leaders of these

Scope:

Articles sought are those written within the last decade and shall focus on any of the following locations: Africa and the Middle East.

The Journal of Living Together will publish articles that bridge theory and practice, showing how theories of religious and ethnic conflicts, religious or ethnic terrorism, and conflict resolution are being applied by professionals in the field. These articles shall include practical application in terms of activities that have already shown some success, or would be feasible to test as a pilot project in the near term.

Areas of Interest:

To be considered for the Journal of Living Together, papers/articles must focus on any of the following fields or related areas: ethnic conflict; religious/faith-based conflict; community conflict; religiously or ethnically motivated terrorism; theories of ethnic and faith-based conflicts; ethnic relations and affiliations; religious relations and affiliations; multiculturalism; civil-military relations in ethnically divided societies; role of political parties in ethno-religious conflict; the military and ethno-religious conflict; ethnic and religious organizations/associations and the militarization of ethnic and religious conflicts; role of ethnic group representatives, community and religious leaders in ethno-religious conflict; causes, nature, effects/impact/consequences of ethno-religious conflict; inter-generational pilots / models for ethno-religious conflict resolution; strategies or techniques for reducing ethnic and religious conflicts; the United Nations’ response to ethnic and religious conflicts; interfaith dialogue; conflict monitoring, prediction, prevention, analysis, mediation and other forms of conflict resolution applicable to ethno-religious conflict; case studies; personal or group stories; reports, narratives/stories or experiences of conflict resolution practitioners; role of music, sports, education, media, arts, and celebrities in fostering a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups;  etc.

We hope you will consider writing a paper or submitting an already written research manuscript for publication in the Journal of Living Together. It is a great way to promote a culture of peace and mutual understanding. It is also an opportunity to gain exposure for you, your organization, institution, association, or society.

The Journal of Living Together will be included in the most comprehensive and widely used databases of journals in the fields of social sciences and peace studies, and shall also be distributed by Ingram Content Group Inc., the world’s largest and most trusted distributor of physical and digital content, and other internationally acclaimed journal distributors. The published articles will be available to a global audience: libraries, governments, policy makers, media, universities and colleges, organizations, associations, institutions and millions of potential individual readers.

Guidelines for Submission:

  • Articles/papers must be between 3,500 and 4,000 words, submitted with 300-350 word abstracts, and a biography of no more than 50 words on or before February 28, 2015. Authors can also send their 300-350 word abstracts before submitting the articles.
  • If English is not your native language, please have a native English speaker review your paper before submission.
  • All submissions to the Journal of Living Together must be typed single-spaced in MS Word using Times New Roman, 12 pt., with a one inch margin.
  • Please use the Harvard System of Referencing.
  • Please identify a minimum of 4, and a maximum of 7 keywords reflecting the title of your article/paper.
  • Authors should include their names on the cover sheet only for purposes of blind review.
  • Email graphic materials: photo images, diagrams, figures, maps and others as attachment in a jpeg format and indicate by use of numbers preferred placement areas in the manuscript.
  • All articles, abstracts, graphic materials and inquiries should be sent by email to:

livingtogether(at)icermediation.org.

Please indicate “Journal of Living Together” in the subject line.

Selection Process:

All papers/articles will be carefully reviewed by a blind Peer Review and Editorial Committee made up of renowned scholars, specialists and practitioners in the fields of ethno-religious conflict and conflict resolution. Each author shall then be notified by email about the outcome of the review process.

Copyright:

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) retains the copyright of articles published in the Journal of Living Together. However, authors may use their article elsewhere after publication provided that proper acknowledgement is made, and that the ICERM is notified.

For more information about the Journal of Living Together, please visit the Journal of Living Together homepage:

http://www.icermediation.org/Mediation/Daf/JournalofLivingTogether.php

 

The Anatomy and Remedy of Trans-generational Conflict

CALL FOR PAPERS: JOURNAL OF LIVING TOGETHER

The Anatomy and Remedy of Trans-generational Conflict

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, New York is seeking scholarly papers/articles for the Spring 2015 edition of its journal, Living Together.

The Journal of Living Together is a multi-disciplinary, scholarly journal publishing peer-reviewed articles within the fields of ethnic conflict, religious/faith-based conflict, and their methods of resolution, with emphasis on mediation and interfaith dialogue.

Living Together is published by the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, New York. A multi-disciplinary research journal, Living Together focuses on a theoretical and practical understanding of ethno-religious conflicts and their methods of resolution with emphasis on mediation and interfaith dialogue. The journal will publish articles that discuss or analyze ethnic and religious/faith-based conflicts or those that present new theories, methods and techniques for ethnic and religious conflict resolution or new empirical research addressing either ethno-religious conflict or resolution, or both.

To achieve this goal, Living Together will publish several types of articles: long articles that make major theoretical and practical contributions, shorter articles that make major empirical contributions including case studies and case series, and brief articles that target rapidly rising trends or new topics in ethno-religious conflicts: their nature, origin, consequence, prevention and resolution. Personal experiences, both good and bad, in dealing with ethno-religious conflicts as well as a pilot and observational studies are also welcome.

The theme of the Spring 2015 issue of the Journal of Living Together will be: The Anatomy and Remedy of Trans-generational Conflict.

The beliefs & attitudes resulting from the trauma inflicted by violent ethno-religious conflict are often passed down through generations. For this edition, we are particularly interested in articles that address any of the following questions:

  • What are the social and psychological processes at work in trans-generational conflict?
  • What role does governance/policy play in the exacerbation or amelioration of this form of conflict?
  • How can this legacy of violence be stopped/interrupted long enough for effective intervention?
  • Are there programs or practices in place that have demonstrated some promising results?
  • What can we learn, and perhaps incorporate, from emerging conflict mediation and mitigation practices designed to address trans-generational conflict?

Scope:

Papers sought are those written within the last decade and shall focus on any of the
following locations: Anywhere.

The Journal of Living Together will publish articles that bridge theory and practice. Successful articles shall include findings & recommendations designed to further understanding & inform practical application.

Areas of Interest:

To be considered for the Journal of Living Together, papers/articles must focus on any of the following fields or related areas: ethnic conflict; religious/faith-based conflict; community conflict; religiously or ethnically motivated terrorism; theories of ethnic and faith-based conflicts; ethnic relations and affiliations; religious relations and affiliations; multiculturalism; civil-military relations in ethnically divided societies; role of political parties in ethno-religious conflict; the military and ethno-religious conflict; ethnic and religious organizations/associations and the militarization of ethnic and religious conflicts; role of ethnic group representatives, community and religious leaders in ethno-religious conflict; causes, nature, effects/impact/consequences of ethno-religious conflict; inter-generational pilots / models for ethno-religious conflict resolution; strategies or techniques for reducing ethnic and religious conflicts; the United Nations’ response to ethnic and religious conflicts; interfaith dialogue; conflict monitoring, prediction, prevention, analysis, mediation and other forms of conflict resolution applicable to ethno-religious conflict; case studies; personal or group stories; reports, narratives/stories or experiences of conflict resolution practitioners; role of music, sports, education, media, arts, and celebrities in fostering a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups;  etc.

Publication in Living Together is a notable way to promote a culture of peace and mutual
understanding. It is also an opportunity to gain exposure for you, your organization, institution, association, or society.

The Journal of Living Together will be included in the most comprehensive and widely used databases of journals in the fields of social sciences and peace studies, and shall also be distributed by Ingram Content Group Inc., the world’s largest and most trusted distributor of physical and digital content, and other internationally acclaimed journal distributors. The published articles will be available to a global audience: libraries, governments, policy makers, media, universities and colleges, organizations, associations, institutions and millions of potential individual readers.

Guidelines for Submission:

  • Articles/papers must be between 3,500 and 4,000 words, submitted with 300-350 word abstracts, and a biography of no more than 50 words on or before February 28, 2015. Authors can also send their 300-350 word abstracts before submitting the articles.
  • If English is not your native language, please have a native English speaker review your paper before
  • All submissions to the Journal of Living Together must be typed single-spaced in MS Word using Times New Roman, 12 pt., with a one inch margin.
  • Please use the Harvard System of Referencing.
  • Please identify a minimum of 4, and a maximum of 7 keywords reflecting the title of your article/paper.
  • Authors should include their names on the cover sheet only for purposes of blind review.
  • Email graphic materials: photo images, diagrams, figures, maps and others as attachment in a jpeg format and indicate by use of numbers preferred placement areas in the manuscript.
  • All articles, abstracts, graphic materials and inquiries should be sent by email to:

livingtogether(at)icermediation.org.

Please indicate “Journal of Living Together” in the subject line.

Selection Process:

All papers/articles will be carefully reviewed by a blind Peer Review and Editorial Committee made up of renowned scholars, specialists and practitioners in the fields of ethno-religious conflict and conflict resolution. Each author shall then be notified by email about the outcome of the review process.

Copyright:

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) retains the copyright of articles published in the Journal of Living Together. However, authors may use their article elsewhere after publication provided that proper acknowledgement is made, and that the ICERM is notified.

For more information about the Journal of Living Together, please visit the Journal of Living Together homepage:

http://www.icermediation.org/Mediation/Daf/JournalofLivingTogether.php. 

International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

It is our honor to announce the Keynote Speaker of our 1st Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, October 1, 2014 in New York.

Theme:  “The Advantages of Ethnic & Religious Identity in Conflict Mediation and ICERM Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and PeacebuildingPeacebuilding”

Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, 3rd Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom for the United States of America.

Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook,
3rd Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom for the United States of America.

Venue: 136 East 39th Street

Between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue

New York, NY 10016, USA

 

Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Time: 9am – 5pm

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook,
3rd Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom for the United States of America.

Registration: To register, please visit our event page at:
http://icermconference.eventzilla.net.
Or register directly on our website at: http://icermediation.org/Mediation/Daf/AnnualInternationalConference.html.

We have space for more delegates.  Interested organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, religious groups or associations, ethnic associations, policy makers or public leaders, individuals or diaspora associations, are encouraged to participate. 

While the conference is open to everyone, we expect to have individuals or groups from diverse fields of study and professions, especially, attendees from government agencies, the military, local, regional and international organizations, educational institutions, business corporations, international development agencies, religious bodies, and ethnic groups or associations. Anybody who wants to develop skills in the mediation and resolution of ethnic, racial, community, religious, sectarian, cross-border, personnel, environmental, organizational, public policy, and international conflicts, can also participate.

Register today to reserve a seat. Seats are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Buy your ticket now to reserve a seat: http://icermconference.eventzilla.net OR

http://icermediation.org/Mediation/Daf/AnnualInternationalConference.html.

We recognize this to be a crucial moment in history, a time to step up and ensure that our children and grandchildren do not have to suffer through the horrors of war or genocide in all of their guises. It falls to all of us to open the doors to dialogue, to come to truly know one another, and to accept that in so doing, we can take the first tentative steps toward a world that can work for everyone.

And so we begin by working from where we are by revealing the assets available to us. The religious and ethnic differences long blamed for hatred and intolerance are taken out into the light where the advantages that they offer, the connections between us that they make apparent and the opportunities for healthy relations they support are affirmed. Our strength and promise are based on this foundation.

We appreciate the burden of the schedule that your responsibilities maintain, yet hope that you will be able to join us and bring your invaluable insights to this event.

Conference Synopsis

Description:

The 21st century continues to experience waves of ethnic and religious violence making it one of the most devastating threats to peace, political stabilization, economic growth and security in our world. These conflicts have killed and maimed tens of thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands, planting the seed for even greater violence in the future.

For our First Annual International Conference, we have chosen the theme: The Advantages of Ethnic & Religious Identity in Conflict Mediation and Peacebuilding. Too often, differences in ethnicity and faith traditions are seen as a drawback to the peace process. It is time to turn these assumptions around and rediscover the benefits that these differences offer. It is our contention that societies made up of an amalgamation of ethnicities and faith traditions offer largely unexplored assets to the policy makers, donor & humanitarian agencies, and mediation practitioners working to assist them.

Purpose:

Policymakers and donor agencies have fallen into the habit, especially during the last several decades, to look at ethnically and religiously diverse populations, especially when they occur in failed states or nations in transition, as being at a disadvantage. Too often, it is assumed that social conflict naturally occurs, or is exacerbated by these differences, without looking more deeply at these relationships.

This conference is, therefore, aimed at introducing a positive look at ethnic and religious groups and their roles in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Papers for presentation at this conference and the publication thereafter will support a shift from the focus on ethnic and religious differences and their disadvantages, to finding and utilizing the commonalities and advantages of culturally diverse populations. The goal is to help one another discover and make the most of what these populations have to offer in terms of mitigating conflict, advancing peace, and strengthening economies for the betterment of all.

Specific Goal:

It is the purpose of this conference to help us get to know one another and see our connections & commonalities in a way that has not been made available in the past; to inspire new thinking, stimulate ideas, inquiry, and dialogue & share anecdotal and empirical accounts, which will introduce and support evidence of the numerous advantages that multi-ethnic & multi-faith populations offer to facilitate peace and advance social/economic well-being.

We hope that you will join a network of professionals who represent the broadest possible views and expertise from the field of ethnic and religious conflicts, interfaith and interethnic dialogue and mediation, and the most comprehensive range of expertise across nations, disciplines and sectors. We look forward to meeting you on October 1, 2014 in New York.

Global Child Trafficking: The Hidden Human Tragedy of Our Time

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Presents
Global Child Trafficking: The Hidden Human Tragedy of Our Time

An ICERM Radio Special Broadcast, “Let’s Talk About It”

Distinguished Guest:

Dr. Carol Bellamy, Former Executive Director of UNICEF, the children’s agency of the United Nations.

Carol Bellamy, Former Executive Director of UNICEF, the children’s agency of the United Nations.

Carol Bellamy, Former Executive Director of UNICEF

Host: Tziporah Pronman

Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 7 pm in Eastern Time, New York

Join the conversation and listen to the show “live” at:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/icermradio/2014/09/03/global-child-trafficking-the-hidden-human-tragedy-of-our-time 

To share your views or ask questions, dial +1-(347) 989-8294.

ICERM Radio Flyer-Global Child Trafficking - The Hidden Human Tragedy of Our Time- Carol BellamyAbout Dr. Carol Bellamy:

Carol Bellamy recently completed her term as the Chair of the Global Partnership for Education Board of Directors. During that period Bellamy oversaw a significant transformation of the Global Partnership, including the establishment of a representative Board of Directors, a highly successsful rebranding and replenishment campaign, the development of a long-term strategic plan for the Partnership and the appointment of the Partnership’s first ever Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to this, Bellamy served as President and CEO of World Learning, a private, non-profit organization promoting international understanding through education and development in over 70 countries. Bellamy previously served 10 years as Executive Director of UNICEF, the children’s agency of the United Nations. She was also the first former volunteer to become Director of Peace Corps.

Bellamy has worked in the private sector at Bear, Stearns & Co., Morgan Stanley, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She spent 13 years as an elected public official, including five years in the New York State Senate. In 1978, she became the first woman to be elected to citywide office in New York City when she was elected President of the NYC Council, a position she held until 1985. Bellamy was named one of Forbes magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2004. In 2009, Bellamy was awarded the Légion d’Honneur by the Government of France. She also chairs the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate. Bellamy was recently appointed as Chair of the International Board of Trustees of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking).

Discussing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with Empathy and Compassion

A new civic movement made up of peace-driven individuals who recognize the same humanity in all peoples, and are passionate about bridging the gap between different races, ethnicities, religions, political views, genders, generations and nationalities, in order to increase respect, tolerance, acceptance, understanding and harmony in the world.

A new civic movement made up of peace-driven individuals who recognize the same humanity in all peoples, and are passionate about bridging the gap between different races, ethnicities, religions, political views, genders, generations and nationalities, in order to increase respect, tolerance, acceptance, understanding and harmony in the world.

You are cordially invited to the upcoming Living Together Movement forum discussion in New York City.

Theme:“Discussing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with Empathy and Compassion”

When: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm in Eastern Time. 

Where: John H. Holmes Community House, First Floor.

28 East 35th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Registration: Registration is free and open to the public. You must register at:  http://www.livingtogethermovement.eventzilla.net to attend the forum discussion.

“The Living Together Movement is like “a home outside a home. We gather, we talk, we listen, we learn, we share and we celebrate in a relaxed, friendly, and welcoming ambience.”

Forum Reflection:

Nations are different than countries and can exist within, across and outside of political borders. Unlike countries which are usually founded upon common history and geography, nations are born of shared ideology and the traditions that support its precepts.

These beliefs and practices create and sustain a robust communal identity providing a sense of belonging and mutual obligation to its population. These dynamics can play a healthy role in the lives of individuals and community members, but can also be discriminatory and exclusionary, leading to separation and segregation from other peoples. In these instances, people can become intolerant and prejudicial in their thinking about, and actions towards, others resulting in bigotry at the least and apartheid at the extreme.

Sadly, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, entire generations of people have been raised in the state of active hostility between the two groups, which have different ideologies, an interwoven history and a shared geography. This is a real challenge.

For a meaningful discussion, forum participants are encouraged to reflect on the following questions:

  • What are the identities that have developed from these ideologies that may play a role in the crisis?
  • How are these identities reinforced and maintained? 
  • What are the biases and prejudices that have emerged?
  • What aspects of these two ideologies, traditions, beliefs and ethics support peace?
  • The care and protection of others? 
  • Fair and impartial treatment of others?
  • The protection of human dignity, right and just action, and respect toward others?
  • Where do the principles and credos of these two peoples regarding the responsibility toward others intersect? Overlap?
  • How might these places of correspondence and agreement help to bring about changes in perceptions and behavior that would be life-affirming, and cooperation building?

Bring your unique stories, cultural backgrounds, life experiences, words of wisdom, feelings, worries, disappointments, success stories, etc. Everyone will be given an equal opportunity to talk about / share with the group anything of particular interest to him or her.

We practice empathic listening, and do not judge or criticize anyone. Our goal is to truly understand the other before seeking to be understood; and to focus on what the other person is saying rather than what we are going to say next.

To celebrate our diversity in a symbolic manner, please bring your favorite/cultural/ethnic songs (if you have one), light food and drinks to the meeting; and together we shall renew our commitment to live together in mutual respect and dignity.

About Living Together Movement:

The Living Together Movement, a project of the International Center for Ethno Religious Mediation, is a new civic movement made up of peace-driven individuals who recognize the same humanity in all peoples, and are passionate about bridging the gap between different races, ethnicities, religions, political views, genders, generations and nationalities, in order to increase respect, tolerance, acceptance, understanding and harmony in the world.

We come together every month to listen to, talk with, learn from, understand and share with one another. Each member enriches the group with a unique story and cultural background. Everyone is given an equal opportunity to talk about his or her cultural background and feelings, or any topics of interest, including but not limited to security issues, politics, policies, war, conflict, conflict resolution, human dignity, forgiveness, foreign relations, world peace, economy, education, employment, family, health, immigration, science and technology.

We practice empathic listening, and do not judge or criticize anyone. Our goal is to truly understand the other before seeking to be understood; and to focus on what the other person is saying rather than what we are going to say next.

We celebrate our diversity in a symbolic manner with the traditional arts, songs, food and drinks that our members bring to the living together forum.

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