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Arthur Vining Davis funds two domestic Hartford Seminary Peacemaking Fellows

The effectiveness of Hartford Seminary’s International Peacemaking Program in equipping leaders with skills to curb violence in regions of the world where there is religious conflict is well-established.  Religious diversity in the United States is increasing, and while not typically marked by violence, lack of awareness and understanding leads to the kind of suspicion and mistrust from which conflict can grow.

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Hartford Seminary’s Hartford Institute for Religion Research, with other partners, published the results of an extensive survey of U.S. mosques in 2011, and the data indicates the Muslim population in America is now about 7 million, about the same as the American Jewish population.  While there are regional concentrations of Muslims in, for example, Michigan, California, and metropolitan New York, the study also revealed Muslims moving into suburban and rural communities.  No matter where, though, Christian leaders today must have the capacity to engage Jews and Muslims—and their own communities—not only as an area of voluntary interest, but as an essential skill for ministry and leadership.

With visionary and generous funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Hartford Seminary is able to bring the skill-building strength of the International Peacemaking Program to a select cohort of American Christian leaders, Hartford Seminary Peacemaking Fellows.  These join the IPP cohort, including immersion in local faith communities, participation the wider interfaith dialogue network, and training for public speaking and presentation.

American Christians with demonstrated experience in and potential for interfaith dialogue and leadership are invited to apply for one of two places in the International Peacemaking Program designated as Hartford Seminary Peacemaking Fellowships.  Participation in the program assumes a commitment to return home and put newly acquired skills to use.  The application process is the same as for all applicants to the International Peacemaking Program.

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