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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.

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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October 31, 2016 3:14 PM

Standing Rock

While the massacre at Wounded Knee is out of our reach, Standing Rock is happening right now, and I believe that we as people of conscience must act so as not to stand idly by and let history repeat itself at the expense of our Indigenous sisters and brothers.  

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September 21, 2016 11:34 AM

Happy International Day of Peace

Young and old, people of different nationalities, cultures, and religions, we walked side by side connected to one another by our common desire for peace in our lives and in our communities and in our world.

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March 3, 2016 5:58 PM

Keynote Address at the 11th National Forum, New Zealand

Keynote Address by The Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian Jr. at the 11th National Forum in Auckland, New Zealand, February, 26 – 28, 2016.

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March 3, 2016 5:32 PM

Insights from the 11th National Interfaith Forum in New Zealand

I have just returned from participating in the 11th National Interfaith Forum in Auckland, New Zealand, and am so inspired by this event.

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February 5, 2016 6:20 PM

World Interfaith Harmony Week at the UN

This week URI Global Staff and Cooperation Circles gathered at the United Nations to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week.

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February 5, 2016 2:15 PM

Promoting Peace and Reconciliation to Counter Violent Extremism

Promoting Peace and Reconciliation to Counter Violent Extremism - Presentation by The Rev. Victor Kazanjian.

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