Instructor: Gudjon Bergmann
FREE EVENT: Nobel laureate, Betty Williams, used to say that we can’t wait for peacebuilding efforts to come from the top down, that we must instead work from the ground up.
In that spirit, author, interfaith minister and columnist, Gudjon Bergmann, put together a program with four impactful lessons from the interfaith movement for people who want to work together towards harmony.
The four lessons are:
1. Understanding the Human and Ideological Personas: During the Northern Ireland peace process, Padraig O'Malley set forth the idea of the human persona and the ideological persona. It explains how people can dehumanize each other and shows how we can create new habits in order to reduce the chances of that happening.
2. Human Experiences Build Bridges: Whether we are breaking bread together, helping others side-by-side, or praying and meditating together, human experiences have the potential to transcend ideology and build bridges of understanding. We must create room for these kind of experiences.
3. The Scarboro Missions Dialogue Guidelines: The ten interreligious dialogue principles, created by Dr. Leonard Swidler, can be applied to a broader communication strategy and set the tone for how people of different persuasions approach each other.
4. Two Ways to Cultivate Goodness: Most people are trying to be good, but according to an ancient Indian principle, attraction to one thing can automatically create repulsion for its opposite. It is important to explore what can be done to reduce the likelihood of that happening.
Join us for this free event and bring friends. Let us work together towards harmony.
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