Foreign Policy

Thanks to a globalized economy and the Internet, our sermons and our actions have consequences and possibilities for positive social change around the world. Here are some of Auburn's programs to aid you in the work you are doing both locally and globally to heal and repair the world:

  • • Since 2001, Face to Face / Faith to Faith has brought together hundreds of Christian, Jewish and Muslim teenagers from Northern Ireland, the Middle East, South Africa, and the U.S. to develop a new generation of leaders able to negotiate a multifaith global society. Teens learn how their own religious traditions and those of others can be used to build a more peaceful world. 
  • • The Seminarian Program on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict brings together rabbinic students and Christian seminarians to learn about each other's communal, political, and theological perspectives on Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and the regional conflict.
  • Dr. William T. Cavanaugh gave the October 2009 Rudin Lecture on The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict. Watch his lecture here.
  • Becoming a Part of the Solution: An Evening with Religious Peacemakers - People of all faiths fill houses of worship to pray for peace, and yet violence perpetuated in the name of religion fills the daily headlines. What concrete actions can religious persons make to respond to this dilemma? Participants heard how leaders in conflict ridden El Salvador and Pakistan are advancing the cause of religious peacemaking.
  • •  Profits/Prophets for Peace: In the summer of 2010, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) achieved what has been called “The Miracle in Minneapolis,” in which divided factions came together and agreed upon a new comprehensive policy document on the Middle East. This landmark agreement recognized, honored, and responded to the multiple narratives within the Presbyterian Church surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One of the most dramatic developments since the Assembly has been a multifaith coalition led by Presbyterians and Jews to build economic strength and opportunity in the Palestinian Territories, particularly the West Bank. Auburn is uniquely positioned to lead on this issue, given its strong contacts and credibility in the Presbyterian Church, the American Jewish community, and among Palestinians and Israelis. Read Auburn's position statement here.

The three links that will change how you live and lead in regard to foreign policy:

  • • The World Council of Churches brings together 349 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories, representing over 560 million Christians.
  • Tanenbaum analyzes the overlooked work of religiously motivated peacemakers.
  • • The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions, and to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism.