RPP Features

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Examining the Struggle for Human Rights in Latin America

February 9, 2017

In 2002, two dozen Colombian army officers and former guerrilla fighters gathered at a hotel outside of Bogota.

These leaders—representing the opposing sides of a conflict that has lasted 53 years and killed over 220,000 Colombians—arrived on the same airplane and together rode the same bus to the same hotel. Here, they were asked to change out of their respective uniforms before eating dinner in the cafeteria.

Hempton: Work Toward Peace Everyday

Hempton: Work Toward Peace Everyday

September 27, 2016

HDS Dean David N. Hempton is a social historian of religion with particular expertise in populist traditions of evangelicalism in Europe, North America, and beyond. On September 21, he spoke at the Morning Prayers service in Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. Below are his remarks:

RPP Sends Student Delegation to the UN

Report from the RPP Delegation: United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace

September 20, 2016

On September 1, 2016, Jenna Alatriste, Tajay Bongsa, Gaby Chavez, Melissa Coles, Nestor Pimienta, and Sana Saeed represented Harvard Divinity School’s Religions and the Practice of Peace (RPP) Initiative at the United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace, which was held at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The President of the 70th Session of the General Assembly, His Excellency Mr.

Fr. Helmick addresses a November 2014 colloquium meeting on peacebuilding in Northern Ireland.

RPP Celebrates the Life and Gifts of Peacemaker Fr. Raymond Helmick, S.J.

April 27, 2016

Whether it was engaging the subtleties of conflict resolution, the wisdom of his religious tradition, or the intricacies of art as a woodworker and musician, Fr. Raymond Helmick, S.J. leaves behind a rich legacy of fostering beauty, mutual understanding, and peace. Fr. Helmick, Jesuit, part-time teacher in the Theology Department of Boston College, instructor in the Boston Theological Institute (BTI), and resident of St. Theresa’s Church, passed away on Thursday, April 21 at the age of 84. 

Imam Ashafa shares his peacebuilding experience from an Islam perspective at the RPP Colloquium.

RPP Welcomes Nigeria's Interfaith Peacebuilders the Pastor and the Imam

April 13, 2016

In the early 1990s, Pastor James Movel Wuye and Imam Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa had reached a critical juncture in their roles as religious leaders in the northern Nigerian town of Kaduna. Wracked by violent interreligious conflict, Kaduna was a community where Christians and Muslims clashed, and Pastor James and Imam Ashafa, then leaders of youth militias on opposing sides of the conflict, were entrenched in the violence.