The Washington Program
A program of Hope in the Cities
The Washington Program has offered public and private workshops, forums, public events, film screenings, receptions and conferences as key ways to build trust and understanding across the divides of politics, religion, race and nationality. This outreach to members of government, education, nonprofits, corporations, civic groups, faith-based communities, and media companies in the U.S. and internationally amplifies personal honesty, self-evaluation, and responsibility as the first step in processes of racial healing, history reckoning and reconciliation. It demonstrates the transformative power of individual change to collective conflict situations. The goal is to model and encourage active listening, quiet reflection and honest conversation – the hallmarks of IofC’s peace building approach. The Washington Program also offers a special focus on interfaith understanding programs that are designed to deepen understanding and collaboration between people of varying religious experiences.
Below are a few highlights of the Washington Program:
The Imam and the Pastor
The film The Imam and the Pastor chronicles the journey of two Nigerian peacemakers, one of Islamic faith and the other of Christian faith, as a means to model how to work across religious divides. The follow-up film, An African Answer, challenges viewers to interrogate how self-reflection, honesty, accountability and reconciliation can work as a force of change within their own lives. An accompanying dialogue guide to the film forms a springboard for constructive interfaith dialogue within varying communities and are regular resources at a number of global universities and faith institutions.
Find out more about these resources:
Order the 2 DVD packaged set and dialogue guide.
Read the report of the U.S. launch of An African Answer, sponsored by the U.S. Institute for Peace and hosted at Harvard University.