4th Annual International Conference on "Religion, Conflict, and Peace:" Walking The Talk to Compassion and Harmony

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4th Annual International Conference on "Religion, Conflict, and Peace:" Walking The Talk to Compassion and Harmony

Time: March 23, 2012 at 10:30am to March 25, 2012 at 3pm
Location: Henry Ford Community College
Street: 5101 Evergreen Road
City/Town: Dearborn, Michigan USA
Website or Map:…
Phone: 269-665-9393
Event Type: international, conference
Organized By: Common Bond Institute, Steve Olweean
Latest Activity: Mar 5, 2012

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Event Description

A Multi-disciplinary, Multi-cultural Conference

Keynote: Huston Smith

Official Partner: Parliament of World's Religions & Charter For Compassion

Sponsored by:  Common Bond Institute, Henry Ford Community College, People's Peace Fund, International Humanistic Psychology Assoc., Parashakthi Temple

Endorsed by: Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan and over 100 universities and organizations internationally

Conference Details:
~ Registration Open All ~

We Invite You To:
an inclusive, interactive 3-day public forum promoting Inter-religious and Intra-religious dialogue to explore the challenges of Social Paranoia, Intolerance, Negative Stereotyping, Scapegoating, Racism, and Islamophobia; and the promise of Reason, Understanding, Compassion, and Cultural Harmony.

JOIN over 40 Presenters & Facilitators as we explore:
  1)  The mutual dilemmas of religious misunderstanding, extremism, prejudice, demonization and dehumanization, and fear of "the other," that can lead to toxic divisiveness, polarization, and targeting any religious/cultural communities, including addressing the relationship between rising Islamophobia and rising anti-Semitism, racism, anti-immigrant and anti-minority sentiments,
  2)  The power of personal engagement through dialogue and practical applications in promoting a shared consciousness of peace - and in doing so promoting the spiritual experience as a healing remedy rather than problem.

As examples of central issues in this year's conference, the program addresses the source of bigotry based on social paranoia, and the direct relationship between targeting and scapegoating one group with negative stereotypes and hate acts and increases in the same toward other minority groups. It also explores practical ways for communities to work together in educating and sensitizing the public. Related to this, the conference will include sessions dealing with the emotional and psychological distress individuals and groups experience as result of being targeted, how this effects relationships within and between communities, and how both counseling professionals and clergy can work together to support community members and remedy this, including exploring the possibility of an interfaith coalition of professional counselors and clergy.

An outstanding, diverse gathering of presenters for 3 Days of: Keynotes, Workshops & practical sessions, Topical roundtables, Live 2-way global links to groups in other countries, Daily facilitated dialogue & action planning groups, On-site blogging, Evening performances & cultural events, Multicultural community, Art exhibits, Rich networking for collaborative action beyond the conference, Displays

LOCATION:   Henry Ford Comm. College
                     5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, MI. USA
SCHEDULE:  Fri. March 23, 10:00 am -to- Sun. March 25, 2:30 pm  (On-site Registration opens 8:30 am)

FOR DETAILS on Program, Registration, Fees, Site, Program Ads, & Displays CONTACT:

Common Bond Institute
Steve Olweean, Conference Coordinator
12170 S. Pine Ayr Dr., Climax, MI 49034 USA  
Ph/Fax: 269-665-9393    Email:


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