Mary Jo Hrenchir, Bemidji State University, United States
Dada M. Maglajlic, Bemidji State University, United States
Yves R. Nedeljkovic, EU Center for Peace, Belgrade, Serbia
Lennart Nörreklit, University of Aalborg, Denmark
This course seeks to expand our knowledge of the diverse philosophical, humanistic and spiritual resources which guide us in our attempt to create a more just and peaceful communities. Participants explore the spiritual, ethical, cultural and professional values which inform our thinking and direct service. The 2007 Symposium will focus on spiritual, faith and religious traditions. These traditions may be inclusive, positive, enabling, the ones that promote human development and joint ventures. They also may be something that separates individuals, groups, communities and societies, from intolerance and hate speech to open violence and war.
We plan to learn about history and power dynamics associated with different religious institutions. We also plan to learn about available human and spiritual resources that enable people to overcome historic disputes, develop favorable life condition/s, overcome disagreements, and create a spirit of belonging to global human family.