The Institute For Faith-Based Diplomacy engages in faith-based diplomacy as a non-governmental approach to bring about reconciliation and facilitate joint problem solving among communities divided by grievances or conflict.
The training of next-generation indigenous leaders in the practice of Faith-Based Reconciliation (FBR) is a key element of how the Institute accomplishes its mission through the following lines of effort
Reaching out to diverse faith communities and organizations to inform a broader understanding of, support for, and active involvement in faith-based diplomacy.
Working with leaders of indigenous faith communities to identify next-generation leaders to participate in FBD training and spiritual preparation to become practitioners of faith-based diplomacy.
Advising, assisting and supporting the conduct of indigenous FBR workshops and joint problem solving activities.
Maintaining and expanding an international community of practice for faith-based diplomacy.
Faith – The Framework For Creating A Culture For Reconciliation
Faith-based reconciliation is an alternative approach to traditional diplomacy and negotiating peacemaking, and it differs from those methods in that it is principally a spiritually based effort to soften hearts. Participants in FBR workshops explore eight core values through a deliberative process that seeks to create a reconciling spirit for healing the historic wounds that energize hostility between communities. By building bridges between opposing community leaders, FBR can facilitate the trust-based constructive joint problem solving needed to resolve a range of issues that perpetuate distrust and hostility.
The FBR methodology is neither a form of “interfaith dialogue” nor an approach based on a single religious tradition. Instead, it is a spiritual enterprise that assists participants – often from different faith traditions – to experience empathy for each other at a deep level. Designed to engage present or future leaders, FBR pursues healing between communities to enable trust-based joint problem solving and the creation of new processes and practices for maintaining cooperation and peace.