Building Interfaith Communities

Handshakes and hand gestures: What they mean in different cultures and how they can build interfaith understanding

In our globalized age, understanding other cultures is more important than ever. While handshakes and hand gestures can seem ordinary, they can have a great impact, especially in negotiations, contracts, and solving misunderstandings. Handshakes and…

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Building Interfaith Communities

The Importance of Interreligious Exposure: Blessing Someone’s Religious Practice from a Place of Knowledge and Empathy

Before I came to America, my interreligious experience was limited by the lack of cultural diversity in my home country of Peru. There, I had only been exposed to different branches of Christianity.  When I…

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Building Interfaith Communities

Peacebuilding Practices: Part 3 – Understanding, Not Persuasion: Interfaith Dialogue for Contentious Topics

Welcome to Part Three of our series on peacebuilding practices at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace. Like the posts on Relational Space and Paraphrasing, this one begins with a friendship, and like those…

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Equitable Justice & International Peacebuilding

Peacebuilding Practices: Part 2 – Coffee Tables and Capital Punishment: Peacebuilding to Resolve Personal & Societal Conflicts

Welcome to Part Two of our series on peacebuilding practices at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace. Today, we’ll investigate Paraphrasing as an everyday skill for building understanding. This piece is co-authored by Phoebe…

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