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The Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr.

The Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr.

Prior to joining URI as Executive Director in October 2013, Victor served as the dean of Intercultural Education and Religious and Spiritual Life, co-director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program, and director of the Peace Studies Program in India at Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Massachusetts USA. In addition he is the co-founder and co-president of Education as Transformation Inc., an international organization that works on issues of religious diversity and spirituality in higher education. Victor is also a visiting faculty member and Fulbright Scholar at the Malaviya Center for Peace Research at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, where he served as Fulbright Professor of Peace & Justice Studies. Victor’s work at Wellesley College and through Education as Transformation is widely acknowledged as the catalyst in the national and international movement to include religion and spirituality as core issues in higher education, and has led to interfaith and intercultural growth and understanding. Specializing in inter-religious dialogue and conflict transformation, diversity and democracy, and peace building, Victor is a recognized thought leader and the author and editor of numerous books and articles. Victor Kazanjian is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and was trained as a community organizer working to address the systemic causes of poverty and injustice through the support of religious and community-based groups. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Harvard University.

August 31, 2017 11:56 PM

Preventing an American Genocide

The rhetoric and the strategies being employed fulfill the criteria necessary to prepare the ground for mass atrocity and even genocide. If we fail to stop it, America may be the next exhibit in the Genocide Memorial.

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August 18, 2017 11:33 AM

Embracing our sisters and brothers in Spain

The murder of innocents rips at our souls and calls us to come together in support of one another and to reaffirm our common humanity and the values that promote life and love.

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June 23, 2017 10:57 AM

A Walk down Nevsky Prospekt: Reclaiming the Human Family

As I walk down Nevsky Prospekt, a main thoroughfare in Saint Petersburg, Russia, I see familiar scenes of daily life.

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June 1, 2017 2:42 PM

Being Peacemakers in the Midst of War

My love and prayers go out to all those affected by the bombings in Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan. 

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March 8, 2017 5:44 PM

When women thrive, the world thrives

As we honor and celebrate the women in our lives and the women of this world, we are also painfully aware that the majority of violence in the world directly and indirectly affects women and girls.

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March 3, 2017 8:08 AM

The Future of America is at Stake

A joint reflection with Rita Semel on the desecration of Jewish cemeteries

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January 31, 2017 12:20 PM

Give to Bigotry No Sanction, to Persecution No Assistance

Read Victor Kazanjian's powerful article on The Huffington Post about refugees, equality, and the American dream.

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January 20, 2017 6:01 PM

The Power of We

“We people of diverse religions, spiritual expressions and Indigenous traditions throughout the world…” The URI Charter defines the concept of “We” in a powerful and sacred way.

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January 20, 2017 5:23 PM

Looking for Hope and Inspiration?

As I was searching for hope and inspiration, I was gifted with this video of my dear friend Valarie Kaur offering reflections at the Watch Night Service.

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November 7, 2016 7:01 PM

On the Eve of the US Elections, the World is Watching and Praying

Recently, Despina emailed me offering her prayers for the people of the United States in the midst of this election, and calling upon the global community to do the same.

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