It is in the divine wisdom that the world lives and evolves through dynamic contrasts.
We learn through both prophets and physicists that the universe manifests through breaking the perfect unity and symmetry of the timeless world or world of God. The tensions from seemingly irreconcilable polarities are what motivate us to search more deeply to understand ourselves, our relationship to the world and all that is, and what is required of us to become, individually and collectively, who we are capable of being.
So we are blessed to live in “interesting times,” beyond the sublime order of angelic existence, and to seek the gifts that are hidden in the apparent uncertainty and chaos that periodically threaten to overwhelm us. This year’s federal election has blown away some comforting assumptions about where we stand, so this webinar series is a timely response to help us make sense of the challenges we face as a nation, an ummah, a community or family, and as all of humanity.
It is an 11-session webinar series for professionals – healers, peace makers, social workers, teachers, parents, organizers, activists and others – who feel called to help their clients, communities, students or families by developing their understanding, inner foundation and applied skills for reconciling divided communities and creating a sustainable peace that supports and expands the lives of all.
You will learn:
How to move from focusing on others’ failures to stepping into real responsibility for catalyzing constructive change
How to connect with empathy to the hearts of those caught in fear, overwhelm or reactive blame
How to recognize how others mirror for us the places that need healing in our own lives
How to respond to prejudice, alienation or hatred, to defuse threats of violence
How to live in peace, in love, now
Meet Your Instructor: John Abd al-Qadir Davies
John Abd al-Qadir Davies is Visiting Associate Professor and Co-Director of Partners in Peacebuilding at the University of Maryland’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management, co-founder of the Masters in Peacemaking Program at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, and Director of the Living Peace Program at the Farm of Peace.
He has led peace initiatives in over 30 countries around the world, co-developed conflict and genocide early warning systems for the US government and international coalitions, and trained UN peace keepers from many countries. He mediates conflicts between couples and within communities, organizations and families and leads retreats and workshops for those seeking peace and reconciliation at all levels of life.