IRFWP supports upcoming New York Peace Conference

‘Interfaith Amity & Social Action’

Organized by Sri Ramanuja Mission Trust (SRMT), Chennai, India
In association with Ethics and Spirituality Initiative (ESI) for Sustainable Development, Minneapolis &
Forum 21/Sukyo Mahikari, New York
Theme of the Workshop:
The anguished appeal by the innocent victims of violence for cessation of all  hostilities occurring in the name of religion across the continents & the key role of NGOs and Media can play in mitigating the agonies
Sukyo Mahikari Center  for Spiritual Development,
124 East 31 Street, New York, NY 10016,  near Lexington Avenue.
Closest subway is 33rd Street Station on the 6 line.
22nd May, 2015, Friday, from 9:45AM to 5:00PM
Program Details
09:45AM Welcome; and Plan for the day
10:00-10:30 Setting the Context  -SRMT, ESISD & Sukyo Mahikari (as  sponsors) Varadan Chandar, Dr. D. Swaminadhan, Rick Clugston, George Houston
Voice of the Voiceless Innocent Victims
10:30-10:45 Francine Neff; Film Producer; Received UPF National Parent’s Day award last year (in Washington, DC); Front line in work and efforts for peace
10:45-11:00 Marie Claudine Mukamabano; Rwanda genocide survivor; Started NGO; Associated with NGOS working with UN work
11:00-12:30 Mitigating Inter & Intra – Religious  violences – Directions for actions
Frank Kaufmann, IRFWP, “The type of interfaith needed in the present time”
Sharon Hamilton, Institute of International Social Development”The Role of Human Dignity in Addressing the Voiceless.”
Guru Dileepi , Founder and President of the International Gurukula Community, “Celebrate Our Existence”
Martha Gallahue, United Religious Initiative,
Grove Harris, Temple of Understanding,
12:30-1:00 Discussions & inputs from assembled audience
1:00-1:45 Lunch (provided by SRMT)
1:45-2.30 Experience of the United Nations–Assessments & Observations 
Rev. Mac Legerton, Director, Center for Community Action  “The Challenge to Religions to Prevent, Resolve, and Dissolve Intra-Religious and Inter-Religious Violence”
Dr. Robert Zuber, Director, UN Global Action to Prevent War ,
Dr. Thomas Walsh, President, Universal Peace Federation International
2:30-4.00 Role of peace related NGOs and Media in mitigating violence   Best practice examples  – Directions for future actiions.
Hiro Sakuri (Soka Gakkai International)
Rabbi Roger Ross
Shaykh Farina Al Jerrahl
Ashley Young, Media
Agha Saleh
Kurt Johnson, Interspiritual Network.
4:00-4:30 Discussions & inputs from assembled audience
4.30-5.00 Conclusions, Suggested Actions  and Vote of Thanks
For information contact Dr. Frank Kaufmann at [email protected], +1 646 220 8281


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