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Interfaith Dialogue at the Grass Roots • download

Interfaith Dialogue at the Grassroots (Temple University Press, 2009) Preface by Leonard Swidler, edited by Rebecca Kratz Mays. When diverse faiths come together the encounter can be intense, awkward, even violent, but creating a dialogue can help reconcile differences. The contributors to Interfaith Dialogue at the Grass Roots consider the patience and passion involved in promoting such interfaith activities. The essays seek to empower rabbis, imams, pastors, and their congregants to take up the work of interreligious dialogue as a peacemaking activity. The book provides guidelines for conducting interfaith encounters, showing how storytelling and conversations can make these meetings productive and constructive, and reveals how to establish and inspire peace. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and suggestions for action. Contributors include: S. Mark Heim, Maria Hornung, Edith Howe, Michael S. Kogan, April Kunze, Khaleel Mohammed, Achmad Munjid, Eboo Patel, Marcia Prager, Noah Silverman, Joseph Stoutzenberger, Leonard Swidler, Racelle Weiman, Miriam Therese Winter, and the editor.


The Little Book of Conflict Transformation

The Little Book of Conflict Transformation (Good Books, 1969) By John Paul Lederach. This clearly articulated statement offers a hopeful and workable approach to conflict by John Paul Lederach, now a scholar with the Joan Kroc Institute of Conflict Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Writing out of his years of work in Central America, in Somalia, in Bosnia, and in Ireland, Lederach explores why “conflict transformation” is an idea with a deep reach. Its practice, says Lederach, requires both solutions, and social change. It asks not simply "how do we end something not desired?", but "how do we end something destructive and build something desired?"


The Moral Imagination, the Art and Soul of Building Peace

The Moral Imagination (Oxford University Press, USA, 2005) By John Paul Lederach. John Paul Lederach's work in the field of reconciliation and mediation is internationally recognized. In this book, Lederach poses the question, "How do we transcend the cycles of violence that bewitch our human community while still living in them?" Peacebuilding, in his view, is both a learned skill and an art. Conflict professionals must envision their work as a creative act-an exercise of what Lederach terms the "moral imagination." Drawing on his twenty-five years of experience in the field, he explores the evolution of his understanding of peacebuilding and points the way toward the future of the art.


The Third Side

By William Ury. According to Ury, it takes two sides to fight, but a third to stop. Distilling the lessons of two decades of experience in family struggles, labor strikes, and wars, he presents a bold new strategy for stopping fights. He also describes ten practical roles--as managers, teachers, parents, and citizens--that each of us can play every day to prevent destructive conflict. (Penguin, 2000).