On June 25th and 26th, our friends at United Religions Initiative hosted their 2019 International Conference at the Hoover Institution on the Stanford University campus in California, USA. Accelerate Peace: Interfaith Action in Global Peacebuilding brought together peacebuilders from around the world to discuss challenges to peace, both in their local communities and on an international level, and also to discuss action-oriented solutions to benefit all of humanity.
Thousands of interfaith activists from around the world enjoyed access to the programming in person and via livestream. Parliament Chair, Audrey Kitagawa, represented the Parliament of the World’s Religions and joined leaders from key international interfaith organizations in a lively discussion on interfaith action and its role in global peacebuilding. Enjoy the livestream of panel available now on URI’s Facebook page, watch from hour 2:15 to 3:22.
Peacebuilding through Promoting Enduring, Daily Interfaith Cooperation: From Dialogue to Action featured a lively discussion on various interpretations of the ways in which interfaith dialogue can lead to interfaith action and in many ways it is action itself. The conversation focused on the importance of trust, community, and spiritual sustainability within the context of interfaith dialogue and understanding.
The program also featured Mohammed Abu-Nimer, the Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Radia Bakkouch, Phil Lane, Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, and Michael Pappas. Here a few key takeaways from the program:
“Relationships move at the speed of trust, social change moves at the speed of relationships.”
- From Rev. Jennifer Bailey (Founder and Director of the Faith Matters Network) on the discussion of spiritual sustainability, generational challenges and the importance of trust in interfaith dialogue in action.
“The paradigm of interfaith communities working together to support each other’s initiatives.”
- From Audrey Kitagawa (Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions) on the importance of diverse interfaith organizations support each other’s work and congratulating URI on their conference.
“We shouldn't just learn to make peace, we need to learn peace on a daily basis.”
- From Radia Bakkouch (President of Coexister) on what interfaith dialogue in action looks like in the social context of France.
The conference also featured keynotes from H. E. Adama Dieng, Valarie Kaur, and a Keynote Conversation - A Bishop and General Talk about Peace between General James N. Mattis and the Rt. Rev. William Swing available now on YouTube.