URI to Host International Conference on Interfaith Action in Global Peacebuilding

May 22, 2019

United Religions Initiative (URI) is a key partner of the Parliament of the World’s Religions within the interfaith movement and in the pursuit of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
We are delighted to learn that URI will be hosting the international conference titled Accelerate Peace: Interfaith Action in Global Peacebuilding, June 26-27, 2019 at the Hoover Institution on the Stanford University campus.
Accelerating Peace: Interfaith Action and Global Peacebuilding will bring together grassroots interfaith peacebuilders, policy experts, and religious leaders, as well as representatives from the United Nations and international and interfaith organizations to explore issues of promoting interfaith cooperation to end religiously motivated violence and build cultures of peace, justice and healing in communities and countries around the world.
Parliament Chair, Audrey E. Kitagawa, will join the conference as a key panelists on Wednesday, June 26th and share the stage along with Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Radia Bakkouch, Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, Michael G. Pappas and Rev. Victor Kazanjian in the program Peacebuilding through Promoting Enduring Daily Interfaith Cooperation: From Dialogue to Action.
The conference will also feature past Parliament keynotes like Valarie Kaur, the Right Rev. William E. Swing, Azza M. Karam, Chief Phil Lane Jr., Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, and Parliament Ambassador Jonathan Granoff.

Registration Closes on Friday, June 14th

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June 26th Highlights
June 27th Highlights

Session I: Peacebuilding through Promoting Enduring Daily Interfaith Cooperation: From Dialogue to Action
10:45 – 12:00 | Featuring Audrey Kitagawa, Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Rev. Victor Kazanjian, Executive Director of United Religions Initiative

Session II: Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons
1:30 – 2:30 | Featuring Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute and the Right Rev. William E. Swing, President and Founding Trustee of United Religions Initiative

Session III: Ending Religiously Motivated Violence
2:45 – 4:15 | Featuring Azza M. Karam, Senior Adviser at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Coordinator of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development

Keynote Conversation – A Bishop and a General Talk about Peace
4:45 – 5:30 | Featuring the Right Rev. William E. Swing, Former Episcopal Bishop of California, President and Founding Trustee of United Religions Initiative

Waters of the World Ceremony
9:00 – 9:30 | Phil Lane Jr., Hereditary Chief, Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw First Nations, URI Global Council Trustee

Session IV: Building Cultures of Peace, Justice and Healing for the Earth and all Living Beings: Women’s Empowerment and Environmental Sustainability
9:30 – 11:00 | Featuring Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance Introduced by Valeria Vergani, Director of the InterSpiritual Sustainability Council and URI Global Council Trustee for North America and Kiran Bali, MBE JP, Chair of the URI Global Council

Call to Action Keynote
12:30 – 2:00 | Featuring Valarie Kaur, Founder of the Revolutionary Love Project and a special introduction by The Rev. Victor Kazanjian, Executive Director of United Religions Initiative

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