How to become a peacemaker

New and Updated Virtual Training!

OMNIA's training is a state-of-the-art method of peacemaking. It prepares you to collaborate across differences, build power by organizing people and money and act strategically on issues that arise from the ground-up in your community. Combining the best practices of Interreligious Dialogue and Community Organizing, the training has energized some of the most marginalized communities in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Uganda. Now, it's taking place online.

This training is not for the faint-hearted. It will help you develop courage and self-confidence to become a powerful peacemaker.

The next training will begin on Saturday, July 16th, 9:00 -- 11:00 am. (US/Canada Central Daylight Time) and will meet each Saturday for six sessions until Saturday August 20th. There will be asynchronous video sessions and assignments in between.

Participants must commit to attend all sessions. Since the work of justice and peace can never be done alone, it is necessary that participants commit to participating in an existing one or starting a new Interfaith Peacemaker Team.

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A room full of individuals with arms locked together, listening to a pastor speak
Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, provided a training on non-violence civil disobedience in the context of Black Lives Matter movement.

Join Us to Dismantle Supremacy

For the past year, OMNIA has engaged in conversations on dismantling supremacy. It included those with varied identities: religious, race/caste/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and nationality. Now we want to deepen that conversation and invite you to join us.

To participate please sign up below, and we will invite you. Please read this draft recommendation that our Advisory Board is working on.

Whereas
supremacy is a widespread and destructive mindset infused in individuals and systems spanning much of the world, which creates hierarchical structures, as well as social, political and economic systems that lead to oppression, domination and violence; and
Whereas many religions, despite espousing teachings that inculcate egalitarian values, are also caught up in supremacist structures and perpetuate them, contributing to, and participating in the same systems of oppression, domination and violence; and
Whereas supremacy is a substantial obstacle to peacemaking, since anytime one group of human beings decides that they are better than, more worthy than, more capable than, more favored by God than others, collaboration is impeded, and peace is thwarted; and
Whereas during the year 2020-21 OMNIA has engaged in a series of conversations on supremacies such as religious, racial, castist, colonialist, patriarchal and will continue to discuss supremacies over the earth and supremacies over those economically marginalized;
Be it resolved that the Advisory Board of OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership recommends that OMNIA declare itself an anti-supremacist organization.

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Dr. Paul Knitter, Ms. Soraya Deen and Dr. Shanta Premawardhana invited the attendees at the Parliament of the World's Religions to join in Dismantling Supremacies Conversations. Click here for the Video.
A Peacemaker Team in Sri Lanka sitting at desks working together
An IP Team training session in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Build an Interfaith Peacemaker Team

Your Basic Training prepares you to build an IP Team in your local community. Now with the virtual trainings we are also able build Virtual IP Teams. Leadership in an IP Team requires Advanced Training. In Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, these two-day trainings take place at central locations. In time, we will add Advanced Training in the virtual IP Team trainings.

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Make Peace Work

Interfaith Peacemaker Teams engage the best resources within every community to help turn the tide of extremist violence to create a new season of peaceful cooperation. You can become a team member - through your voice, your involvement, and your financial support!
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