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September 2017 issue of faith and peace

The Interfaith Cooperation Forum has published their September 2017 issue of faith and peace. Two of the articles are reflections from two of the School of Peace (SOP) participants in the 2017 program.

  pdf Download the September 2017 issue of faith and peace here (1.84 MB) .

The September 2017 faith and peace newsletter includes the following articles:

  • Formosa and Environmental Conservation
  • Traditional Oarsmen and Development
  • Interfaith Strengthening Culture
  • Is a Clamor for Independence a Punishable Crime?
  • Beirut Declaration on Faith for Rights
2017 NARPI newsletter, videos and photos

2017 NARPI newsletter, videos and photos

  pdf Download the 2017 NARPI newsletter here (1.93 MB) , sharing more about the 2017 NARPI Summer Peacebuilding Training in Okinawa.

Also, here are links to the videos from this year's training:
NARPI Week 1 video
Field Trip video
NARPI Week 2 video

And here are links to the photos:
NARPI 2017 Week 1 Photos
NARPI 2017 Field Trip Photos
NARPI 2017 Week 2 Photos

To those who were together in Okinawa, thank you for your presence and contributions! To those who gave financial support, thank you for helping NARPI to continue! We appreciate each of you, the important work you do, and the ways that you support this small effort for peace in Northeast Asia.

Sustainable Peace is possible through Women

NCWAparticipants with some of the resource personsA three-day seminar (26-28 May 2017) was conducted on “Women in Peace building” by Nagaland Catholic Women Association in Collaboration with Peace Channel and Don Bosco Institute of Development & Leadership (DBIDL) Dimapur, Nagaland. The seminar was organised inorder to educate and empower the women about their rights and train them on the skills and techniques of peace to work for peace building in the society. The Resource Persons for the seminar were Fr. Dr. C. P. Anto (Founder & Director of Peace Channel), Dr. Akum Longchar (Chief Editor & CEO Morung Express), Dr. Rosemary Dzuvichu (Head of English Dept. Nagaland University cum Advisor of Naga Women Association), Mrs. Liangsi Niumai (Advocate, Director of Care-Centre for Environment and Rural Poor Dimapur), Mr. Samir Bordoloi (a freelance organic Farmer, Consultant and an Agripreneur). The topics which were being stressed upon by the resource persons during the seminar were “Skills & Status of Women in conflict situation,” “Women participation in conflict resolution & peacebuilding,” “Role of women in peacebuilding activities,” "Women as an agents for positive change” and “To bring peace in the society by improving the economy through organic farming.” The seminar consisted of lectures, group discussions, peace celebration, audio visual learning sessions and different exercises to learn the importance of Truth, Mercy, Justice and Peace and to convey the message of our present society.

Mr. Chandu Agarwal and Fr. Dr. C.P Anto conferred Rotary National Peace Award 2017

On stage for peace award with pictures behindTwo prominent philanthropists and social activists who have been serving the people in the society for their upliftment, education and welfare activities were conferred Rotary National Peace Award at the hands of RTN Paul Netzel (Trustee Chair Elect, The Rotary Foundation) on the occasion of International Understanding and Peace Symposium (IUPS) held at Pune, India From 18th – 19th February 2017.

100 years of Quiet Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, and Peacebuilding

AFSC 100 Year logo arms and olive branchesWe are very excited to share the news about online resources and course from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) 100 years of Quiet Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, and Peacebuilding as they mark the centennial of working for peace. The following message is from Kerri Kennedy, Associate General Secretary for International Programs as AFSC.

As Associate General Secretary for International Programs at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and an AfP Board Member, I am eager to share with you a new, online collection that I believe can enhance the peacebuilding, civil resistance, and social justice work of both our organizations. As we all strive to make the case for the value of conflict prevention and violence reduction, the collection, “100 years of Quiet Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, and Peacebuilding”, can be an important resource to draw on and point to.

The link for the materials is: https://www.usipglobalcampus.org/training/afsc/

In partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace and in recognition of AFSC’s upcoming 100th year anniversary, we designed a six-chapter, free, self-guided course that we believe you’ll find useful in your activism, education, and exploration. The curated collection includes videos, photographs, reading materials, and activities that provide insights and lessons, from across the world and right here in the United States, relevant to the conflicts and oppression we witness today.

The collection celebrates the stories of individual peace builders, activists, and community leaders, many of whom have risked their lives to bravely promote nonviolence, mediate with those committing violence, and call for social change. We are honored by the collection’s welcoming remarks by the great Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, as well as those by Victor Ochen, United Nations Ambassador for Peace and Justice, and friend to both AfP and AFSC. We hope that you will engage with this online resource and share it widely.

Best,

Kerri Kennedy