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IPSEC WORKSHOPS

Religious peacemaking is not only a matter of individual conscience, but also a creative environment in which a peacemaker plays a significant role in the ecosystem of the public life. Therefore, in order to have an impact on the public life—the very place where decisions are made and action is taken—IPSEC offers workshops on conflict transformation, religion and diplomacy, and inter-religious dialogue. The workshops are designed for specific audiences (e.g. companies, diplomatic personnel, professional groups, churches, clergymen, seminarians, parish councils, etc), as well as for the large public, for the purpose of training how to manage interpersonal conflicts and group conflicts, and how to reach diplomatic solutions.

Conflict Transformation

Anchored into the psychological dynamics of forgiveness and reconciliation, IPSEC workshops focus on developing the skill for conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Our method focuses on self-preparation, interaction with other players, and transformation of conflict, by involving proven techniques in combination with cultural factors.

Religion for Diplomats

Religion for Diplomats is a coaching program designed to train Foreign Service officers and transnational business leaders in the arts of political ritual, religious etiquette, religious protocol and diplomacy, and negotiation with religious leaders. The program emerges from Dr. Simion’s postdoctoral project “Global Religion Advancing Successful Policymaking,” (GRASP) conducted at Harvard Divinity School during 2013-2015, and it is anchored into the theories, structures and practices of diplomacy, as well as into the role of religion in human affairs.

Inter-Religious Dialogue

IPSEC workshops for inter-religious dialogue are settings where members of different faiths meet in a bilateral fashion to negotiate their religious differences in the interest of the common good. The ground rules for communication involve the building of conversational skills on how to de-construct assumptions about each-other, how to realize that inter-religious dialogue does not mean betrayal of one’s faith or conversion to other faith, and how to accept the reality of religious pluralism.

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Harvard Square
P.O. Box 380246,
Cambridge, MA 02238-0246, U.S.A.

msimion@orthodoxpeace.org

 

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