“As Albert Einstein stated, ‘I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.’ I believe the mission of the human being is to care for the weak before the strong and the poor before the rich; those who were regarded as nothing before should be regarded as something now. I think part of this refusal is to stand for peace. When you stand for peace you will rediscover your genuine human mission. You will restore the fallen world and humanity. Today, let us stand for peace to turn every curse into a blessing, every conflict into harmony, and death into life.
I am so grateful for IPP program in Hartford Seminary as it helped me to have a practical step toward peace, and I am sure it will continue helping others to explore the meaning of life.”
Hany Shokralla, Egypt
2016 IPP Graduate
Throughout the year, IPP fellows, often joined by other Hartford Seminary students, engage in workshops on practical skills necessary for peacemakers. Workshops in recent years have covered the following topics:
Project Planning and Implementation
Facilitating Public Dialogue
Effective use of the Media for Faith Leaders