Religion and Society

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In 2006, the National Peace Foundation was awarded a competitive grant through the U.S. Department of State's Delegates meet with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)Fulbright Program. This grant initiated another successful program for NPF entitled Religion and Society: A Dialogue, which allows for experiential study around the role that religion plays in various societies around the world. In particular, this program focuses on Islam in America and the learning and understanding of Islam in the Middle East. Through the Religion and Society Program, talented scholars and thinkers from the Arabic-speaking Middle East engage in dialogues with civic leaders in the United States. In complement to these study tours, multi-faith delegations of citizen leaders from the United States also travel to the Middle East to meet with their counterparts.

The specific goals of the Religion and Society Program are:

  • To create and sustain a mutually beneficial relationship where both groups learn from each other about their experiences Pastor from Evangelical Lutheran Church    and thinking
  • To discuss the compatibility of religious practic and democratic social and political values and structures
  • To discuss the benefits produced by coexistence among religious communities, and religious practice in a multicultural, multi-religious context. 

These delegations, co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), have built binational partnerships around an issue that is oftentimes fraught with ignorance and fear. Our exchanges have worked dispel myths and have resulted in mutual understanding and respect.

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