Archives for Jun 2011

Peacemaking Lessons Learned at the Yale Building Hope Conference

I just attended the Building Hope Conference at Yale (June 13-22, 2011) -- a strategic international conference of Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious leaders, committed to seeking the common good. So what are some of the major lessons I learned?

Yale Reconciliation Program: Building Hope Conference

Dr. Rick Love, President of Peace Catalyst International, recently consulted for the Yale Reconciliation Program and helped put on the conference titled, "Building Hope: Muslims, Christians and Jews Seeking the Common Good” (June 12-22, 2011). This conference included influential, mid-career Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious leaders with a proven record of leadership and clear future potential. Approximately ten leaders from each faith community were chosen to attend this international gathering focused on seeking the common good. Participants have been carefully chosen by senior leaders in each faith community as representing those mid-career leaders most likely to be exercising the widest influence in their communities in the coming 10-15 years.

Common God, Common Purpose - Part 1

Syria’s Ba’athist regime has had a history of bloody crackdowns, especially at the hand of the current president’s father, Hafez al-Asad. Most infamously, he had 10,000 - 30,000 people massacred almost overnight in the city of Hama in 1982. No opposition could be tolerated by this secularist regime (likewise for Saddam Hussein, his Ba’athist neighbor), especially in the name of Islam. Thirty years later, several hundred people have been wantonly killed in the peaceful “Arab Spring” protests of the last few months.

The Sacredness of Work

In this, Rick Love's second post on the so-called "sacred vs. secular" dichotomy, he deals specifically with the clergy-laity split and the nature of work.

Seeing God in All Things: Why the Sacred-Secular Dichotomy is Heresy

In this post, Rick Love begins a blog series on Biblical Holism, one of Peace Catalyst's foundational values. "Pastors are spiritual. Businessmen aren’t. Prayer is spiritual. Work isn’t. The physical world is bad. The unseen heavenly realm is good." This sacred-secular dichotomy has plagued the church from the beginning. This dualistic view of life is heresy (yes heresy!) and it takes a toll on us.