Our global and local communities face sharply competing narratives increasingly infused with profound religious views about human purpose, relationships, and the common good. I n the wake of recent attacks in France, Germany, Nigeria,USA and many other places around the world, it is more relevant now than ever to explore how our moral imagination can contribute to stabilising the fragmentetd landscape. The challenge of this Century emerges around whether in the midst of rich diversity and polarizing fragmentation our moral imagination will justify fear and violence, or lead into re-humanization necessary to protect human dignity and nurture flourishing communities .
To explore these dilemmas and their practical consequences and challenges, The Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, University of Groningen organizes a Public Lecture to be delivered by Prof. John Paul Lederach, followed by a panel discussion with policymakers and practitioners.
Prof. John Paul Lederach is a Professor of International Peacebuilding, at the University of Notre Dame. He is w idely known for his pioneering work in conflict transformation, Lederach has helped design and conduct conflict transformation training programs in 25 countries across five continents. Lederach is the author of 22 books, including
When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation
, (University of Queensland Press, 2010),
The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace
(Oxford University Press, 2005),
The Journey Toward Reconciliation (Herald Press, 1999),
Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies
(USIP, 1997), and Preparing for Peace: Confliction Transformation Across Cultures (Syracuse University Press, 1995).
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