A great idea from the URI-Moral Imagination Peacebuilding Seminar. Learn each other's songs and deepen cross-cultural respect and understanding with laughter, rhythm and fun.
Presented during the Young Leaders Program in Mayapur, India in November 2008, this workshop was adapted from the URI Interfaith Peacebuilding Guide. Participants got into groups of the same tradition (Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Indigenous traditions, etc.) and looked at both what practices in their tradition contribute to peaceful interfaith relations as well as what practices or teachings of their tradition might present a challenge to interfaith understanding and harmony.
Stories of Hope highlights community workshops that address urgent local concerns and develop URI Interfaith Peacebuilding Skills. These workshops were conducted by six URI grassroots leaders representing diverse backgrounds, traditions and life experiences, who studied together at the 2002 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) of Eastern Mennonite University. To help strengthen peacebuilding practices in the URI network, they each applied SPI learning in action when they retuned home to Uganda, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Through these projects emerge voices from diverse religions finding ways to deepen their relationships, trust and understanding as they address local concerns together.
This delightful, illustrated brochure was created by the youth wing of the Peacemakers' Circle CC in the Philippines - Youth 4 Unity - as a way to share expressions of the Golden Rule in different religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions. It also shares simple ways to practice inner peace, harmony with others and healing of the Earth.