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¡ MissionWorks !. The Middle East I live in: A journey of peace and dialogue By Jean-Paul Chami. Cleveland, October 2010. Introduction. Introduction. Validating your experiences and sharing some of mine On Lebanon Story of the creation of Lebanon

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cleveland october 2010

¡ MissionWorks !

The Middle East I live in:

A journey of peace and dialogue

By Jean-Paul Chami

Cleveland, October 2010

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Introduction

  • Validating your experiences and sharing some of mine
  • On Lebanon
      • Story of the creation of Lebanon
      • A Mosaic of different cultures and faiths
      • A power vacuum in the region
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Introduction

  • What is FDCD?
      • New mission, vision and values
      • Youth and women
      • Program 1: Interfaith dialogue (i.e. Int’l Work and Study Camp)
      • Program 2: Peacebuilding (i.e. Conflict Resolution in Iraq)
      • Program 3: Human rights and citizenship
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Personal experiences

“The conflicts that we are able to handle the best are our own…”

- DavinBremmer -

1989: “My daily routine”

during the Christian civil war in Beirut

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Personal experiences

“a healing experience…”

- Story of Ziad from Iraq -

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Personal experiences

“a momentum for reconciliation”

- Story of Khaled from Iraq -

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Personal experiences

“a chance for changing perspectives…”

- Story of Mohammed from Lebanon -

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Lessons from the field

“Go to the people, Live with them

Learn from them , Love them

Start with what they know

Build with what they have

But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say: "We have done this ourselves”

- Lao Tzu-

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Lessons from the field

“A frog’s eye view versus a bird’s eye view…”

- Kai Jacobsen -

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Lessons from the field

“We do not learn from experiences…

We learn from reflecting on experiences.”

- John Dewey -

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Lessons from the field

“Let your actions speak so loud that no one can hear your words”

- Mary Levy -

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Lessons from the field

“We can discover more about a person during one hour of play than in one year of conversation”

- Plato -

“Don’t do anything unless it’s play”

- Marshall Rosenberg -

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On interfaith dialogue

Interfaith Dialogue is…

Interfaith Dialogue is NOT…

  • Interfaith dialogue is a WAY OF LIFE and a LEARNING JOURNEY
    • Deeper understanding of one’s own faith
    • Improved communication skills
  • Interfaith dialogue WORKS !
  • Interfaith dialogue is about empathy
  • Interfaith dialogue is NOT about the content as much as it is about the process of dialoguing
  • Interfaith dialogue is not the melting of religions into one but the affirmation of the specificities of each religion and learning to accept it
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On interfaith dialogue

Extremism versus the silent masses

“Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature”

- George Bernard Shaw -

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On interfaith dialogue

Religions: philosophy versus practice:

“The Cat that that was tethered”

- Swami Sukhabodhananda -

Philosophy versus Rituals

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On interfaith dialogue

“With tolerance comes hesitation”

- A friend -

  • “Where there is complete truth, there is no peace. And where there is peace, there is no complete truth”

- Babylonian heritage -

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Thank You

Jean-Paul Chami

T: +961-1-399-133

M: +961-3-721-801

jp.fdcd@gmail.com