InterFaith Dialogues on Peace – June 2016
Outward Bound Peacebuilding is pleased to announce the June 2016 Peace Matters Expedition, an interfaith exploration of peace. The program is offered in partnership the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and delivered with Voyageur Outward Bound. This June, 12 student leaders will come together to explore the meaning and value of peace across faith traditions as they spend five days on a canoeing and rock climbing expedition in the St. Croix Riverway, Minnesota. After the expedition, students will participate in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, including an opportunity to collaborate in a dialogue session.
Overview Interfaith dialogue is the positive interaction between people of different religious traditions on doctrine and/or matters of mutual concern in culture or politics. In partnership with the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding will offer extraordinary 5-day wilderness expeditions for student leaders representing different faith communities and concerned with the value of peace. Participants for the Peace Matters Expedition will be currently enrolled undergraduate students in U.S. institutions with demonstrated leadership capacity and interest in interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding. Program at a Glance
- Orientation and pre-post curriculum sessions (done via webinar)
- 5-day canoeing and rock climbing expedition in St. Croix Riverway, Minnesota
- Dialogue session at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum
- June 1-5 — Expedition (Participants need to arrive to Minneapolis by the evening of May 31st for a 9am start time on June 1st)
- June 7-9 — Nobel Peace Prize Forum is June 7-9
Participant Profile Currently enrolled undergraduate students in U.S. institutions with demonstrated leadership capacity and interest in interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding. Location St. Croix Riverway, Minnesota Tuition $1,000 per student: includes 5-day expedition, food, accommodation (June 1-9), course materials, technical gear and instruction, and Nobel Peace Prize Forum delegate tickets for all three days. Details about the Program Components Participants will be invited to join the Peace Matters Expedition and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum (NPPF) in Minneapolis. During the expedition, participants will canoe and rock climb around the St. Croix Riverway in Minnesota. Each day will start with a theme that participants explore in pairs or small groups. Interactive workshops during the journey will introduce new skills focused on leadership, consensus building and conflict transformation, among others. The wilderness aspect of the expedition provides the challenge, inviting participants to move out of their comfort zone and explore the concept of risk as relevant to leadership and peacebuilding. The coming together of a group of diverse individuals offer opportunities to practice effective listening, compassionate leadership and deepening religious and cultural understanding. Following the Expedition, students will participate in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, including an opportunity to collaborate on a workshop. The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is an international conference focusing on the work of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, as well as leading peacemakers and peacebuilders. Under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, this annual conference brings leaders in government, business, academia, civil society and youth to Minneapolis. At the end of the program, participants will receive a Peace Matters Expedition Certificate of Completion signed by all three partner organizations. More importantly, they will connect and build partnerships with a community of individuals who are interested in interfaith dialogue, peace and the environment.
More information and application on the Outward Bound Peacebuilding website: outwardboundpeace.org/peacematters