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Conference on Religion, Conflict and Peace

2nd Annual International Conference onimages

“Religion, Conflict and Peace”

Walking The Talk to Compassion and Harmony

Featuring live virtual addresses by

Huston Smith, Rabbi David Rosen,

and Karen Armstrong

To Be Confirmed: Tariq Ramadan

June 11-13, 2010

Henry Ford Community College
Dearborn, Michigan USA

A Multi-disciplinary, Multi-cultural Conference
that is
an Official Partner and Event of

the Charter For Compassion


the Parliament of World Religions

Sponsored by:
Common Bond Institute,
Co-Sponsored by:
International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA), Henry Ford Community College, Parashakthi Temple, Pathways To Peace, Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, Muslim Presence Ottawa
Endorsed by over 100 universities and organizations internationally

Full Conference Details at:

~ Registration is Open All ~

We Invite You To:
an inclusive, highly interactive 3-day public forum promoting Inter-religious and Intra-religious dialogue to explore the challenges of Extremism, Intolerance, Scapegoating, and Islamophobia, and the promise of Reason, Understanding, Compassion, and Cultural Harmony.

Join 45 Presenters and Facilitators as we explore:
1) The mutual dilemmas of religious ignorance, extremism, intolerance, negative stereotypes, prejudice, demonization and dehumanization, scapegoating, and fear of “the other,” that lead to toxic divisiveness, polarization, and social paranoia, including the current example of Islamophobia and it’s impact on the Muslim community,
2) The promise of personal engagement through dialogue in nurturing a shared consciousness of peace – and in doing so promoting the religious experience as a healing remedy rather than problem.

Geshe Gendun Gyatso, Sonya Friedman, Najah Bazzy, Brenda Rosenberg, Gail Katz, Padma Kuppa, Shahina Begg, Patricia Harris, Victor Begg, Saeed Khan, Bill Secrest, Ventra Assana, Lily Mendoza, Jim Perkinson, Manveen Saluja, Robert Cohen, Kari Alterman, Imad Hamad, Steve Spreitzer, Daniel Tutt, Steve Olweean, Farha Abbasi, Rene Lichtman, Sheri Schiff, Mike Whitty, Myron Eshowsky, Nettie Kingsley, Betty Kingsley, Mohammed Dajani, Zeina Barakat, Shari Rogers, Jackie Teunessen, Shelina Merani, Mary Assel, Mouhanad Hammami, Jehan Olweean, Betsy Kellman, Venkat Hari, Maida Besic, Susan Lebold

An outstanding, diverse gathering of presenters for 3 Days of keynotes, workshops, panels, dialogue groups, exhibits, social/cultural events, multicultural community, and rich networking for collaborative application beyond the conference.

“It does not require that we be the same to be appreciative of, at peace with, and secure in our relationships with each other; only that we be familiar enough with each others story to share the humanity and trustworthiness that resides in each of us.”

Location: Henry Ford Community College
5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, MI. USA
Schedule: Fri. June 11, 10:00 am -to- Sun. June 13, 2:30 pm
(On-site Registration opens 8:30 am)

FOR FULL DETAILS on the 3 Day Program, Registration, Fees, Program Ads, and Exhibits CONTACT:

Common Bond Institute
Details at Website:
Steve Olweean, Conference Coordinator
12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, MI 49034 USA
Ph/Fax: 269-665-9393 Email:

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