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Creative Beginnings

This 20 page booklet was created by URI's Moral Imagination Program 2006-2008 and provides several useful and inspiring activities easily adaptable for teaching and facilitating in a variety of contexts. Given that teaching and learning the art of the Moral Imagination in building peace is a rich and layered experience that evolves over time, this booklet offers just a peek into this inspiring body of work. Ideas are taken from the extensive experiences of eminent educators in peacebuilding, Dr. John Paul Lederach and Dr. Herm Weaver. For more information see The Moral Imagination, the Art and Soul of Building Peace by John Paul Lederach in Books.

Finding a Place for the Moral Imagination

The Peacemakers' Circle Cooperation Circle in Metro Manila hosted a forum in February 2008 as part of the URI - Moral Imagination Peacebuilding Program. The Forum presentation was inspired by conversations among the URI - Moral Imagination team from the Philippines and Dr. Jo Kashim, a member of significant Islamic leadership groups in the Philippines. Instead of using Dr. Jo's experiences as fuel for more anger and hostility, the team decided to use it to apply knowledge learned through the URI Moral Imagination training program under Dr. John Paul Lederach.

Foundational Thoughts on URI-Moral Imagination Leadership and Experience

Herm Weaver and John Paul Lederach co-led the URI - Moral Imagination Pilot Peacebuilding Program in 2006-2008. The training was very impactful. The infusion of Moral Imagination values with the Preamble, Purpose and Principles of URI has helped us crystallize the unique contribution URI Peacebuilding brings to the world. In this piece Herm Weaver articulates the qualities and values of the leadership that he and Lederach modeled during the training, and the experience of the training workshops themselves.


Interfaith Peacebuilding Guide

The URI Interfaith Peacebuilding Guide is a resource for interfaith groups — those “everyday gandhis” who are making a difference one meeting at a time in their local communities. It is for people of diverse faiths who have been strangers (or worse, enemies) to become friends and allies dedicated to peace, justice, and healing. The guide has been designed for groups that have just begun working together, as well as those that are more established and yet seek to strengthen their planning and sharpen their skills for building interfaith understanding and taking action.

Learning to Live Together

Learning to Live Together is the first outcome of the worldwide ethics education initiative launched by the Arigatou Foundation and its Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), developed in close cooperation with and endorsed by UNESCO and UNICEF. Providing youth leaders and educators worldwide with the tools for an intercultural and interfaith programme, this adaptable resource can be used with children from many different cultural, religious and social contexts to nurture common values and a mutual respect for different backgrounds and traditions. It aims to strengthen children’s commitment to justice, respect for human rights, and to build harmonious relationships between individuals and within societies.

Living Our Values

Living Values Education, an international program implemented by Bond zonder Naam Cooperation Circle in Antwerp, Belguim, is a holistic system looking at education with the goal of providing principles and tools to guide the development of the whole person, recognizing that each individual is comprised of physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Developed in 1997, the aim is to create a culture of positive values in each society throughout the world, believing that education is a purposeful activity designed to help humanity flourish.

Mitigating Land-Based Conflicts in Northern Uganda

Created in partnership with the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative in 2012, this guide to mediating land-based disputes emerged in the aftermath of northern Uganda’s civil war – when one out of every four former combatants and other displaced persons returning to their homes became locked in a battle over land claimed by someone else. Members of URI’s Great Lakes Region of Africa staff, who participated in the 2012 mediation sessions designed to end those disputes, developed this guide as both a training tool and a reference for others engaged in resolving conflicts over land.

The Public Peace Process

Dr. Harold Saunders, former Assistant Secretary of State in collaboration with former Russian diplomat Gennady Chufrin, delineated these interconnected Five Stages of a Dialogue Process leading to reconciliation and collaboration. The illustrations have been translated from English into Hebrew and Arabic.

Women in Religious Peacebuilding Report

A new report published by the United States Institute of Peace, the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs highlights the critical and often invisible role women play in peacebuilding and a key source of their inspiration: their faith.

Value Based Education Exposition

This insightful overview on values-based education, written by world-renowned educator Dr. C.M. Yogi from Nepal, shares an introduction to value based education, the history of value-based education in Nepal, international practices in value based educaiton, and an extensive list of books and resources on value based education.