After flying in from the four corners of the world, the Peacemakers in Action shook off their jetlag to open the 2011 Working Retreat. 16 Peacemakers are with us at Drew University in Madison New Jersey, hosted by the Center on Religion, Culture, and Conflict. Activities opened with conversations to reacquaint old friends and meet new colleagues in the struggle for peace around the world.
In the next few days, the Peacemakers will explore opportunities for working together, learn from one another, and spread their message of interreligious understanding.
Here are a few photos from our first days together:
Imam Muhammad Ashafa greets fellow Peacemaker Rev. Dr. William Lowrey.
Najeeba Sirhan greets Friar Ivo Markovic.
Joyce Dubensky in conversation with Najeeba Sirhan and Yehezkel Landau.
Yehezkel Landau leads the group in an evening prayer, with Jamila Afghani and Mark Fowler in the background.
Yehezkel Landau and Ephraim Isaac chat before the start of Sunday's multifaith prayer service.
Rev. Benny Giay of West Papua, Indonesia, offers the sermon at Sunday's multifaith prayer service.
*A special thanks to photographer Steve Latimer.
– Clayton Maring, Assistant Program Director, Religion and Conflict Resolution