Future of Religion and Diplomacy

Events

Jul
21
Sat
Civil Dialogue Training @ Newseum’s Learning Center
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Civil Dialogue Training @ Newseum’s Learning Center

The Religious Freedom Center, as a nonpartisan and nonsectarian initiative, is committed to promoting dialogue and understanding among people of all religious traditions and none. We carry out this mission by providing civil dialogue training and workshops, hosting the Committee on Religious Liberty, and building partnerships with organizations that represent a broad spectrum of religious and ideological perspectives.

Religious and civic leaders, educators, and business leaders are uniquely positioned to help cultivate an informed and engaged citizenry. Having the ability to facilitate dialogue is a key leadership skill for the 21st century. As sharp ideological divisions continue to polarize our communities, we need leaders who have the skills to engage people and communities who hold a variety of legal, ideological, religious and nonreligious perspectives.

We invite you to join one of our full-day civil dialogue training sessions or to schedule one with your community. The workshops will be facilitated by Rev. Kristen Looney, civil dialogue specialist and director of the Religious Freedom Center.

upcoming sessions

  • Saturday, July 21, 2018 (registration due date is July 13, 2018)
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018 (registration due date is September 7, 2018)
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 (registration due date is November 30, 2018)

training features

  • Dialogue theory
  • Learning and practicing the skills of dialogue
  • Learning how to facilitate dialogue
  • Learning the practical steps to setting up dialogue sessions in your community.

Sign up online today. These training sessions are free but seats are limited. Registration is required.  For more information, please contact Dr. Sabrina Dent at sdent@newseum.org.

Jul
27
Fri
Security and Religious Freedom: How Do We Protect Both? @ Newseum’s Knight TV Studio
Jul 27 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Security and Religious Freedom: How Do We Protect Both? @ Newseum’s Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Secretary of State Pompeo is convening the first ever Ministerial to advance religious freedom in Washington, D.C., from July 24-26. The Religious Freedom Center at the Freedom Forum Institute/Newseum is holding a side event at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, July 27 — Security and Religious Freedom: How Do We Protect Both?

One of the most pressing questions in the world today is how best to protect both security and robust rights to religious freedom. Too often, governments across the world use security as a rationale to impose overly broad limits on religious exercise — from regulating religious garb and religious speech to limiting cultural productions and even cutting off access to houses of worship. This panel will examine how such limitations are worsening rather than bettering security and discuss the benefits of religious freedom for security, social stability and economic health.

Program panelists include Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, recently appointed special envoy for religious freedom for Theresa May, and Haroon Azar, program director for the Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom.

Asma Uddin, senior scholar of religious freedom at the Religious Freedom Center, will moderate the conversation.

panelists

Brian J. Grim

Brian Grim, Ph. D.
Brian Grim is president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and a leading scholar on international religious demography and the socio-economic impact of religious freedom. His recent research finds that religion contributes $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, more than the combined revenues of the top companies including Apple, Amazon and Google. Brian is an affiliated scholar at Baylor University, Boston University and the Freedom Forum Institute. He is also recent chair of the World Economic Forum’s council on the role of faith, and he works closely with the United Nations “Business for Peace” platform. Brian is a Penn State alumnus and author of numerous works including “The Price of Freedom Denied” (Cambridge), “World Religion Database” (Brill), “World’s Religions in Figures” (Wiley), and “Yearbook of International Religious Demography” (Brill). He is also a TEDx speaker and a speaker at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Lord Ahmad was appointed as the prime minister’s special representative on preventing sexual violence in conflict and as minister of state for the Commonwealth and the United Nations on June 13, 2017. In July 2018, he was also appointed as the prime minister’s special envoy on freedom of religion and belief.

Haroon Azar

Haroon Azar
Haroon Azar is the program director for the Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom. The Initiative focuses on pioneering multidisciplinary approaches for the most pressing global security challenges while also preserving constitutional ideals. Haroon is a recognized national security expert with broad experience working with law enforcement and faith-based communities to further resilience mission areas.

Asma T. Uddin

Asma Uddin
Asma T. Uddin is a fellow with the Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom at the UCLA Berkeley Center for International Relations. She is also a research fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Asma previously served as counsel with Becket, a nonprofit law firm specializing in U.S. and international religious freedom cases, and as director of strategy for the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom, a nonprofit engaged in religious liberty in Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority contexts. She is widely published by law reviews, university presses and national and international newspapers. She is also an expert advisor on religious liberty to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to her expertise in religious liberty, Asma writes and speaks on gender and Islam, and she is the founding editor-in-chief of altmuslimah.com. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a staff editor at the University of Chicago Law Review.

Aug
13
Mon
Exploring Religious Identity and Race Through Civil Dialogue @ Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Exploring Religious Identity and Race Through Civil Dialogue @ Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Alexandria is a vibrant community of many races, ethnicities, and faiths. Diverse houses of worship make up the spiritual and cultural backbone of our community; yet often, we find it difficult to reach outside our own group. How well do we really know our neighbors? How often – and how effectively – do we communicate across boundaries to address difficult subjects and challenges?

We have found that many people have the will to get to know neighbors who believe and worship differently, but they often lack the way. Finding the way begins by exercising the skills of civil dialogue.

You are invited to a workshop that will help us to practice these skills. Alexandrians will share their perspectives on the importance of dialogue across boundaries, and we will learn to better understand ourselves and others. Workshop exercises will empower attendees to explore controversial topics using the skills of civil dialogue. The workshop will be led by Dr. Sabrina Dent of the Religious Freedom Center.

Refreshments will be served.

Sep
15
Sat
Civil Dialogue Training @ Newseum’s Learning Center
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Civil Dialogue Training @ Newseum’s Learning Center

The Religious Freedom Center, as a nonpartisan and nonsectarian initiative, is committed to promoting dialogue and understanding among people of all religious traditions and none. We carry out this mission by providing civil dialogue training and workshops, hosting the Committee on Religious Liberty, and building partnerships with organizations that represent a broad spectrum of religious and ideological perspectives.

Religious and civic leaders, educators, and business leaders are uniquely positioned to help cultivate an informed and engaged citizenry. Having the ability to facilitate dialogue is a key leadership skill for the 21st century. As sharp ideological divisions continue to polarize our communities, we need leaders who have the skills to engage people and communities who hold a variety of legal, ideological, religious and nonreligious perspectives.

We invite you to join one of our full-day civil dialogue training sessions or to schedule one with your community. The workshops will be facilitated by Rev. Kristen Looney, civil dialogue specialist and director of the Religious Freedom Center.

upcoming sessions

  • Saturday, July 21, 2018 (registration due date is July 13, 2018)
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018 (registration due date is September 7, 2018)
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 (registration due date is November 30, 2018)

training features

  • Dialogue theory
  • Learning and practicing the skills of dialogue
  • Learning how to facilitate dialogue
  • Learning the practical steps to setting up dialogue sessions in your community.

Sign up online today. These training sessions are free but seats are limited. Registration is required.  For more information, please contact Dr. Sabrina Dent at sdent@newseum.org.

Dec
8
Sat
Civil Dialogue Training @ Newseum’s Learning Center
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Civil Dialogue Training @ Newseum’s Learning Center

The Religious Freedom Center, as a nonpartisan and nonsectarian initiative, is committed to promoting dialogue and understanding among people of all religious traditions and none. We carry out this mission by providing civil dialogue training and workshops, hosting the Committee on Religious Liberty, and building partnerships with organizations that represent a broad spectrum of religious and ideological perspectives.

Religious and civic leaders, educators, and business leaders are uniquely positioned to help cultivate an informed and engaged citizenry. Having the ability to facilitate dialogue is a key leadership skill for the 21st century. As sharp ideological divisions continue to polarize our communities, we need leaders who have the skills to engage people and communities who hold a variety of legal, ideological, religious and nonreligious perspectives.

We invite you to join one of our full-day civil dialogue training sessions or to schedule one with your community. The workshops will be facilitated by Rev. Kristen Looney, civil dialogue specialist and director of the Religious Freedom Center.

upcoming sessions

  • Saturday, July 21, 2018 (registration due date is July 13, 2018)
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018 (registration due date is September 7, 2018)
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 (registration due date is November 30, 2018)

training features

  • Dialogue theory
  • Learning and practicing the skills of dialogue
  • Learning how to facilitate dialogue
  • Learning the practical steps to setting up dialogue sessions in your community.

Sign up online today. These training sessions are free but seats are limited. Registration is required.  For more information, please contact Dr. Sabrina Dent at sdent@newseum.org.