The 'Peace is Possible' conference was launched in New York in September 2005 partly
underwritten by Mr. and Mrs. Reinhard's generous contribution, 2500 participants attended
including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
- Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, a member of Peace Council, was awarded Union Theological Seminary's highest honor, the Union Medal.
- Professor Chung, a member of the Peace Council, will visit 13 Muslim countries and engage in dialogue and shared work with Islamic women peace activists.
'Peace is Possible' continued to support the goals and principles championed at the September 2005 gathering. On May 16, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a member of the Peace Council, spoke to Union Theological Seminary students and was awarded the Union Medal. Additionally, President Joseph Hough led a delegation to South Korea, where he gave a keynote speech at the Peace Festival situated near a new Korean Peace Village. This fall, Associate Professor Chung Hung Kyung will travel to 13 Muslim nations, where she will begin a dialogue with politically active Islamic women.
Union Theological Seminary's commitment to interfaith relations has continued after the conference in its course offerings, public events, and faculty research and publication. In the spring 2006 semester, Professor Chung Hyun-Kyung (who served as host councilor during the conference) is teaching a core curriculum course entitled, Religions of the City. The course introduces Union students to the multiple faith traditions that find a home in and breathe life into New York City. Through field trips and presentations from leaders of a variety of religious traditions, students engage directly with these diverse communities. In the spring of 2006, Union's faculty will vote on the hire of a new faculty member with a specialized focus on the theology of religions.
A successful conference took place at Union Theological Seminary in New York, September 26-30, 2005. The conference was launched with a spectacular interfaith public service on September 26, 2005, at The Riverside Church in the City of New York with more than 2,500 people in attendance including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. During the week, the Peace Councilors focused on the issue of increasing political and cultural influence of religious extremists in the world and in the United States.