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Articles About Dialogue

A Holistic Peace Process for the Middle East
by Yehezkel Landau
"On the political level, both Jews and Palestinians need to compromise on the tangible issues in dispute, including territory, sovereignty in Jerusalem, water resources, arsenals of weapons, and the repatriation or rehabilitation of refugees."

"On the cognitive level, new understandings of identity--who I am in relation to the "Other"--have to be nurtured. It is much more challenging than simply changing the notion of "enemy" into "peaceful neighbor". Both Israelis and Palestinians have cultivated "victim scripts" over many years."

"On the emotional level, we need to address and transform intense feelings that keep both peoples locked in antagonistic interdependence."

Finally, on the spiritual level, a different understanding of holiness has to be taught by religious leaders and educators.

The Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue: A Muslim Perspective
by M. Fethullah Gulen
"Regardless of how their adherents implement their faith in their daily lives, such generally accepted values as love, respect, tolerance, forgiveness, mercy, human rights, peace, brotherhood, and freedom are all values exalted by religion. Most of these values are accorded the highest precedence in the messages brought by Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, upon them be peace, as well as in the messages of Buddha and even Zarathustra, Lao-Tzu, Conficius, and the Hindu prophets."

Commission to Arrange United Methodist-Muslim Dialogue
"A national four-year dialogue between United Methodists and the Muslim community is set to begin next year." (2003)

An Experience in Christian-Muslim Dialogue
"The National Council of Churches' Commission on Interfaith Relations is planning web resources to encourage congregations across the United States to invite local mosques to visit them in the early fall, on the occasion of remembrance of September 11, 2001. The NCC's description of the experience of a Presbyterian congregation will offer one live model of work begun by those not previously accustomed to Christian-Muslim dialogue."

Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Gets a Boost in Kazakhstan
by Herb Keinon
"There are many things that unite us," Morat-Kagi says to the rabbis, at an opulent kosher dinner on the final day of the two-day conference. "The idea of a day of reckoning, of the eternal nature of the soul, that everyone has to give an accounting to God.

"No one has the right to take the life of others," he says. "We all must preserve the other's life. Every Muslim is obligated to abide by the Ten Commandments; nothing about that has changed," Morat-Kagi says in Russian, which is then translated into Hebrew.

Diplomats' Daughters Reach Their Own Peace Accord
by Karen Kelly
"A Jordanian, Israeli and Iranian believe hope for the future begins with their friendship."

Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group
Our Mission, Vision, Understanding, Story

Progress Report

Abraham's Children
Jews, Palestinians seek peace through dialogue
by Richard Scheinin

Jewish, Arab, Muslim Students Hold Dialogue at Georgetown
by Eric Fingerhut
"Both Jewish and Arab students said that the dialogue helped to humanize each other and promoted respect."

Open House
The Challenge of Grass-Roots Peace-Making in Israel/Palestine:
The Example of OPEN HOUSE

by Peter Riddell
`One home, two peoples' was how Yehezkel Landau describes `OPEN HOUSE', a community centre for Jewish-Palestinian coexistence in Ramle, Israel. For him, it symbolizes the challenge of two peoples sharing a land that they both believe is theirs."

Teens Seek to End Mideast Violence
by Chris Burrell
"They are part of a remarkable grassroots project in Israel that's trying to end the cycle of violence and hatred. Called simply Open House and set in a city called Ramle just minutes from Tel Aviv, the place functions like a youth center for young people aged eight to 19.

The goal is to bring together Jews, Muslims and Christians and let them get to know each other. From the sound of it, that's no easy proposition in a climate rife with suspicion for someone from the other side."

Peace Begins at Home: The Work of Friends of Open House
by Nicki Wilson
"Currently, there are two chapters of Friends of Open House in the United States - in Boston and Cincinnati - and hopes for more to come. The purpose of these chapters is to help raise money for Open House, to become active partners in the day-to-day work of building peace in the Middle East and to build bridges of reconciliation in the U.S. Since September 11, many Americans are seeing a growing anti-Muslim sentiment here in the States, a trend that concerns Oppenheim."

How To Articles
What is Dialogue?
from The Dialogue Project

Dialogue Overview
by Len and Libby Traubman

Frequently Asked Questions About Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue
by Len and Libby Traubman

Dialogue Guidelines: Changing Confrontation to Cooperation
by Len and Libby Traubman

Five Stages of the Public Peace Process
by Len and Libby Traubman

Principles for Starting an Interfaith Dialogue
by Richard Landau
Don't Start With Hot Button Issues, Emphasize That Wisdom Doesn't Belong to Any Single Faith, Donít Assume Consensus

Starting An Interfaith Organization
from Interfaith Alliance of Wake County, NC
Mission statement, a suggested recipe, mistakes to avoid.

OTHER RESOURCES

Abraham Salons
An Abraham Salon is "an informal, grassroots, interfaith discussion, held in communities around the United States, led by a local moderator with a professional study guide, designed to use the shared figure of Abraham as a catalyst for building trust and communication among different religious groups."

Building Bridges
A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding

The Compassionate Listening Project
"We are a U.S. based non-profit organization dedicated to healing polarization and building bridges between cultures by modeling and teaching Compassionate Listening, a tool for reconciliation."

The Dialogue Project
"The Dialogue Project brings together adult Palestinians, Jews/Israelis and Supportive Others (Christian, Muslim, secularist, humanist, etc.) for intense dialogue and intimate conversation. Each month, citizens and newly arrived immigrants come together in a neutral, safe environment to learn about the Palestinian-Israeli and Middle East conflicts from each other's perspective. We learn to hear each other's stories and break down the walls of silence that have grown between neighbors and communities."

Friends of Open House
Friends of OPEN HOUSE was "founded in January, 2001 to forge links among and expand our North American supporters of OPEN HOUSE, a Jewish - Arab community center in Ramle, Israel. OPEN HOUSE was established in 1991 to strengthen relationships between the Jewish and Arab citizens of this mixed city (located outside of Tel Aviv), whose demographics reflect the population of Israel as a whole."

Interfaith Alliance of Wake County, North Carolina
Our Mission is to offer the people of the United States hope by providing a grassroots, non-partisan, nationwide, faith based organization where all people of good will can participate, and:
1. Promote the insight and wisdom of religion as a positive force in life, and as a reconciling and unifying influence on our society.
2. Unite behind shared beliefs of ethical and moral principles and behavior.
3. Be an influence in shaping the nature of our society by engaging in public policy discussions.
4. Promote harmony, trust, and understanding among all religions, races, and groups, and among all people.

Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group
The Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group began in July, 1992. "As part of a larger public peace process, we invited American Palestinians and Jews to begin a long-term dialogue together to discover common ground and improve the environment for reconciliation here in America."

The Mideast Peace Project
"The Mideast Peace Project is a grassroots organization made up of concerned and active Arab Americans and Jewish Americans. Americans of any ethnic background are welcome to join us. We are critically aware of the fact that our two communities, by working together can create a unique and compelling force to influence the actions of the peoples and governments of the Middle East and the United States. We need each other so as to work together to resolve this terrible conundrum and bring about a lasting Middle East peace. The silent majority of thinking Jews and Arabs will no longer stand on the sidelines while extremists on both sides continue killing and maiming innocents. This devastation cannot be further tolerated."

Seeds of Peace
"Seeds of Peace is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to preparing teenagers from areas of conflict with the leadership skills required to promote coexistence and peace.

While the organization focuses primarily on the Middle East, its programs have expanded to include other regions of conflict. As of 2003, participants come from the Middle East, the Balkans, South Asia, and Cyprus."

Shoah Foundation
Mission statement is "to eliminate prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry--and the suffering they cause--through the educational use of the Foundation's visual history testimonies."

Seeking Common Ground
"Seeking Common Ground believes that in order to create peace people must accept that conflict is an inevitable part of life, and learn skills with which to approach it effectively and constructively. People in conflict who come together intentionally, and who create relationships through social interaction, and practice new communication skills, approach their conflicts from a place of connection rather than detachment. That connection is an integral part of building a lasting and deep understanding between these people."

Study Circles Resource Center
"The Study Circles Resource Center is dedicated to finding ways for all kinds of people to engage in dialogue and problem solving on critical social and political issues."

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