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Dr. Linda Groff & Dr. Paul Smoker Co-Directors, Global Options
March 27, 2013 Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions March 26, 2013 Engaging Different Faiths and Serving Others March 22, 2013 New Essay by Elizabeth Prodromou on the Pope and Ecumenical Patriarch March 22, 2013 Robert George, Rick Warren and John DiIulio discuss Religious Freedom March 21, 2013 Faith and the WASH Agenda
Case Studies on Religion and Conflict | Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs | Georgetown UniversityApril 2, 2013 The Predicament of Pluralism: A Discussion with GWU President Steven Knapp April 8, 2013 Northern Ireland: Peace in the Shadow of a Complex Past April 10, 2013 Faith, Public Life, and the Common Good featuring Jim Wallis and Michael Gerson April 11, 2013 Faith in Action: A Roundtable on Interfaith Service
Facilitator for Strategic Planning Practical Insight & Vision Building If you are the pastor or head of your organization, then you cannot facilitate and fully participate at the same time!
Tips for facilitating group activities Consider changing the usual meeting environment to stimulate creative thinking. Keep the end goal of decisive action in mind for the duration of the activity.
Connection Partners, Inc. is a resource for the leadership and congregations of religious communities experiencing turmoil due to change, internal conflict, or trauma. We specialize in facilitating meetings and mediating for families, and for individuals and groups in community, non-profit, business or government. We are trained professionals who serve as neutral third party peacemakers for people with different perspectives who are connected by choice or by necessity. We work with churches and synagogues in turmoil because we value that religious organizations help people believe in a power greater than themselves, provide moral guidance, maintain cultural traditions, evoke heart-felt actions, and create a community. In addition, we believe that our unique combination of skills and experience compliment the spectrum of tools that religious leaders bring to creating a stronger religious community and to helping churches and synagogues in distress.
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“There will be peace on earth when there is peace among the world religions.” (Hans Kung) The InterReligious Council (IRC) of Central New York was founded in 1976 to bring together the wonderfully diverse array of faith traditions in our community, with the belief that engagement among these different faith groups would lead to understanding, friendships and a collaborative strength to address community issues. Today, this remains the essence of our work.
'Theirs is an inspiring story, full of hope... A model for Muslim-Christian relations.' Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
SPI Alumni Help With Syrian Refugee Crisis March 14th, 2013 Syrians are flooding into neighboring Jordan at the rate of more than 1,000 per night, seeking refuge from a brutal civil war. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has taken steps to supplement its material aid (food, diapers, blankets, school kits, hygiene kits, etc.) with trainings aimed at easing growing tensions, understanding the impact of trauma, and ...More <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
National Institutes of Health The NIH has awarded more than $24 million to study the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique for improving brain functioning and cardiovascular health during the past 20 years. MORE American Medical Association The AMA’s journal Archives of Internal Medicine published a recent study showing the TM technique is highly effective in preventing the risk factors for high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
For those of us who practice in the hardnosed world of lawyers, court systems, corporations, government entities, and the like, spirituality might seem like an odd topic. What does spirituality have to do with mediation or conflict resolution? What's more, spirituality can be a difficult topic to discuss.
Ken Wilber is the author of over twenty books. He is the founder of Integral Institute, a think-tank for studying integral theory and practice, with outreach through local and online communities such as Integral Education Network, Integral Training, and Integral Spiritual Center. Please also see the Integral Theory Primer for a guide to the world of Ken Wilber and Integral Theory.