April 26th, 2010 | For more on this event, please visit: http://bit.ly/9Fs0uc
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs | Georgetown University
If a peace settlement is to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, religious leaders will have to play a vitally important role. Since the mid-1990s, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders have been working to build trust within and across their communities in the region -- mainly outside the media spotlight. Rev. Dr. Trond Bakkevig of the Church of Norway has been central to those efforts. Since 2005 he has convened the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, which includes the most important religious institutions in Israel and the Palestinian territories: The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Meeting of the Heads of Church in the Holy Land, and Muslims appointed by the President of the Palestinian Authority. In his talk, Rev. Bakkevig discussed the accomplishments and prospects of the Council and other efforts to foster religious dialogue and peace in the Holy Land.