A Common Word: Responding to the Challenges of Religious Pluralism and Conflict Resolution

As the official representative of A Common Word in North America, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University will host a follow-up meeting to its successful conference A Common Word: A Global Agenda for Change, held in October of 2009. This year’s conference will explore concrete initiatives undertaken by practitioners from Muslim and Christian faith communities, in hopes of going beyond theological discussions and highlighting the “so-what” factor of this important initiative. Participants will present significant projects taking place on both a local and international scale, demonstrating the breadth and success of outcomes that can emerge as a result of multi-faith cooperation and the key principles outlined in A Common Word.

Panel 1 (Click on the link to listen to the audio)

– John L.  Esposito (Georgetown University)

Panel 1: Madrassa Curriculum Reforms in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Roles of Christian and Muslim NGOs
Chair: Don Wagner (Bridges of Faith)
Panelists: Qamar-ul Huda (United States Institute of Peace), Bob Roberts (Northwood Church), Alp Aslandogan (Institute of Interfaith Dialog)
Respondent: Louay Safi (Georgetown University)

Panel 2 (Click on the link to listen to the audio)

11am-12:30pm Panel 2: Religion & Conflict Resolution in Nigeria
Chair: Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University)
Panelists: Qamar-ul Huda (United States Institute of Peace), John Gana (Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations), John Paden (George Mason University), Shobana Shankar (Georgetown University)
Respondent: John O. Voll (Georgetown University

Panel 3 (Click on the link to listen to the audio)

Panel 3: How Emerging Muslim American Leaders Understand and are Advancing A Common Word
Chair: Shireen Hunter (Georgetown University)
Panelists: Shamil Idriss (Soliya), Leena El-Ali (Search for Common Ground), Henry Izumizaki (One Nation Foundation)
Respondent: John Borelli (Georgetown University