Category: Building Interfaith Communities

Building Interfaith Communities

The Dilemma of the Role of Clergy and Interfaith Families

If it is true that America is becoming more publicly religiously plural, as sociological studies say, so then are American families. According to the Pew Research Religious Landscape Survey of 2014, nearly four in ten…

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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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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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