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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.

The next morning, they sat beside one another at a large, u-shaped table in the hotel conference room, where they were instructed to refer to one another by their first

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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. Mogens Lykketoft, convened the forum, “recognizing the need for continual support to the further strengthening of the global movement to

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Peace, in Theory and Practice

Peace, in Theory and Practice

September 14, 2016

Earlier this month, I was one of six Harvard Divinity School students sitting in the United Nation’s Security Council chamber listening to delegates from countries around the world talk about how faith and religion were both causes and solutions to peace and violence.

Fellow HDS students Jenna Alatriste, Gaby Chavez, Melissa Coles, Sana Saeed, and I, along with alumnus Tajay Bongsa, MTS ’16, had the humbling opportunity to be a part of a delegation representing the School’s Religions and the Practice of Peace Initiative during the

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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. 

Fr.

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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.

However in 1995, despite significant personal losses caused by their involvement in the interreligious violence, Pastor James and Imam Ashafa found something in

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Albert and Karen Budney, MDiv '91, made a major gift to support the Religions and the Practice of Peace Initiative at HDS. / Photo: Justin Knight

Building Peace through Religious Understanding

February 9, 2016

When Karen Vickers and Albert Budney went with their high school senior class to the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, they were impressed by its theme of "Peace through Understanding"—so much so that 25 years later, after the couple had married, the idea inspired Karen to enter Harvard Divinity School on her way to the Episcopal priesthood.

"I remembered that motto when I entered the ordination process and applied to HDS," she says. "I realized that I wanted to study with,

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Jonathan Granoff addresses the First Ladies High Level Forum on "Education for a Sustainable Planet."

First Ladies High Level Forum on Education Cites RPP Model

September 24, 2015

The First Ladies Forum on Education brought forward leaders in both education and gender equality to discuss endowing youth of the world with the resource and opportunities needed to accelerate achievement of Millennium Development Goals and development of the post-2015 agenda of the United Nations. In the address give by Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, entitled

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