Faith Leaders Resolving Global Conflicts: Film Presentation and Discussion

Faith Leaders Resolving Global Conflicts: Film Presentation and Discussion: Beyond Right and Wrong With Panel “Forgiveness, Dialogue and Reconcilitation”

Global Peace Foundation USA

Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

(NOTE: this is Not a Guhyasamaja Center event, please contact the organizer if you have questions)

The movie “Beyond Right & Wrong” (52 minutes) presents the stories of people who have experienced loss and the stories of people who have caused that loss. From the Rwandan Genocide to the Troubles in Northern Ireland to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, people from different sides of the violence have entrusted all of us with their stories—their anger or remorse, their pain, their paths to recovery.

Following the showing of this movie, we will have a panel presentation by Faith Representatives of Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity. These leaders will give their commentary on the movie, and their faith’s perspective on justice and forgiveness. Often religion is said to be the cause of conflicts, however it is rarely the root of the problem. Religion is often used to exacerbate and deepen existing divisions. In this forum, we will explore the unique role of interfaith cooperation in peace-building and reconciliation efforts.


The Rev. Richard H. Graham, Bishop, was elected to a six-year term as bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the ELCA on June 8, 2007, by the 2007 Synod Assembly. He was elected to a second term by the 2013 Synod Assembly. Bishop Graham most recently served as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in College Park, Maryland. Additionally, he has been Assistant Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, Maryland; and Associate Pastor of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Annapolis, Maryland.

Bishop Graham received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1977 and a Master of Arts degree in Church History from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. in 1989. Bishop Graham is married to Nancy Ann Graham and has two adult daughters.

Dr. Lorne Ladner, has served as director of The Guhyasamaja Center for over 12 years. Dr. Ladner began studying Buddhist meditation over 25 years ago. He has studied Tibetan Buddhism closely with some of the greatest living Tibetan masters and with numerous leading Western scholars. Dr. Ladner is also a clinical psychologist in private practice Centreville, VA. He provides individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and assessments. Dr. Ladner also provides workshops and trainings on the psychology of positive emotions, the integration of meditation and psychotherapy, and on Buddhist psychology. He is the author of a number of books and articles including “The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering The Practice Of Happiness In The Meeting Of Buddhism And Psychology” (HarperCollins, 2004).

Imam Talib Shareef is the President and Imam of the Nation’s Historic Mosque.Shareef is a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force and served as Is­lamic Faith Group Leader at seven military locations around the world, as Imam in five U.S. cities, and as convener for the Georgia State Association of Imams. He co-founded the Muslim Military Members, which facilitated the first installation of a U.S. Military Islamic Chaplain, co-organized the first U.S. Muslim Military Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca) Program, and is the National Chap­lain and Imam of the Muslim American Veterans Association


Registration and Lite Refreshments


Purpose of Forum: Moderator, Mark Farr-President, Sustained Dialogue Institute

Video Presentation: “Beyond Right and Wrong”


Panel Presentations, 4 speakers- Representative give Commentary to film, and Perspectives

of Forgiveness from their Faith Traditions

  • The Rev. Richard H. Graham, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, DC Synod
  • Dr. Lorne Ladner, Director of The Guhyasamaja Center, Tibetan Buddhism
  • Imam Talib Shareef, The Nation’s Masjid, Washington D.C.
  • Mr. Jim Flynn, President, Global Peace Foundation International

Questions and Answers


*Parking is available at Union Station, diagonally across from the Hall of States.


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