Academic Programs 

Building Abrahamic Partnerships II (DI-651)
Summer 2007

This course is designed primarily for students who have taken the basic Building Abrahamic Partnerships course. It presumes a familiarity with the beliefs and practices of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and some experience in interfaith dialogue. The focus is on developing practical skills for interfaith leadership, including: facilitating interreligious encounters; compassionate listening and nonbelligerent communication; joint study of sacred texts; designing interreligious worship; and spiritual resources for conflict transformation. Some evenings will be devoted to informal socializing and networking. Prerequisite: DI-650 Building Abrahamic Partnerships or permission of the instructor.


Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13 (includes some evenings)

Yehezkel Landau
Faculty Associate in Interfaith Relations

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9538


Course Syllabus

Sunday, July 8: Opening dinner, self-introductions combined with initial exercise

Monday, July 9: Facilitating Interfaith Workshops (Landau, Smith, Antepli, Hendi)


The Little Book of Cool Tools for Hot Topics by Ron Kraybill and Evelyn
Peace Skills Leaders’ Guide by Alice Frazer Evans and Robert A. Evans
with Ronald S. Kraybill
“Conflict Transformation: A Group Relations Perspective” by Tracy

Tuesday, July 10: Compassionate Listening and Nonbelligerent Communication
(Jerry Koch-Gonzalez)


Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg


Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook by Lucy Leu
Speak Peace in a World of Conflict by Marshall B. Rosenberg
Connecting Across Differences by Jane Marantz Connor and Dian

Wednesday, July 11: Comparative Text Study (Raquel Ukeles)


Sh’ma issue on Muslim-Jewish Dialogue, May 2005, featuring articles by Reuven Firestone (“Dialoguing Text Study”) and Raquel Ukeles
(“Creating a New Model for Dialogue”)
Contesting Texts: Jews and Christians in Conversation about the Bible
edited by Melody D. Knowles et. al. (selected chapters)
Scriptures in Dialogue: Christians and Muslims Studying the Bible and the Qur’an Together edited by Michael Ipgrave (selected chapters)

Thursday, July 12: Spiritual Resources for Conflict Transformation (Landau, Smith,


Healing the Heart of Conflict by Marc Gopin
The Art of Forgiveness by Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz
Nonviolence and Peace Building in Islam by Muhammed Abu-Nimer

Friday, July 13: Designing Interfaith Worship Experiences (Landau, Smith, Antepli)

Morning: Christian prayer, followed by interfaith devotional exercises (facilitated)
Mid-day: Muslim Juma’a prayer, followed by lunch
Afternoon: Interfaith devotional exercises (designed by the group)
Evening: Shabbat prayers, followed by closing dinner and exercise


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