With all the religious holidays going on lately (Shana tova and Ramadan Kareem!), I suppose it is appropriate that I found this website the other day, belonging to Religions for Peace – USA. The mission of the organization goes like this:
Religions for Peace – USA gathers representatives of religious communities in the U.S.; promotes multi-religious cooperation for peace and justice; builds on the spiritual, human, and institutional resources of its communities; enhances mutual understanding; and acts for the common good.
Even better, I noticed they have an internship program. I’m actually looking for an opportunity to do my required conflict management internship abroad, so I’ll give this one a shot.
On a more philosophical note: Personally, I enjoy participating in a good constructive dialogue, although I am skeptical of dialogue on a grand scale, since the people who participate are generally the people who are willing to participate. Nonetheless, it is important, especially for religious leaders.
I’m also always wary of cliche statements like:
We envision a world in which people of distinct religious communities live together in respect and mutual support, creating paths to peace and justice.
I mean, yeah, I’m all over that but it got harder since I’ve stepped into adulthood and have been introduced to global cynicism, hatred and ego.
But I am grateful that there are people out there who stick it out – the optimists, the dialogue participants, the community leaders and… we future-mediators.