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2015 Peace Conference

Leadership

November 12-15

The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference is an ongoing response to God’s call to peacemaking and reconciliation. Affirming the community of Abrahamic faiths, the Peace Conference seeks to work in partnership with Christians, Jews, Muslims, and members of other religious traditions toadvance the work of reconciliation and peace.

The Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells is vicar of StMartin-in-the-Fields, London. He served as dean of Duke University Chapel and  research professor of Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C.,from 2005 to 2012.  He has served as a parish priest for 15 years – 10 of those in urban priority areas. 

Sam is also Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College, London, and a non-residential theological canon at Chichester Cathedral. He has published 20 books, including works on Christian social ethics and collections of sermons. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Jo Bailey Wells. They have two children. Wells was ordained in the Church of England in 1991.

Rabia Terri Harris is an essayist, editor, peace activist, publicintellectual, practicing chaplain, freelance theologian, sometime translator,and aspiring servant of Allah. In 1994 Ms. Harris founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship, the first organizationspecifically devoted to the theory and practice of authentically Islamic activenonviolence. Today she serves as Director of MPF and Resident Elder at Dar Anwaras-Salam, the Muslim component of the Community of Living Traditions, atripartite Abrahamic residential peace community located in Stony Point, NewYork. She is also among the organizers of a new venture in Islamic pastoralcare; the Muslim Chaplains Association. 

Ms. Harris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in the fieldof Religion, a Master’s from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Languages andCultures, and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from HartfordSeminary. She has spent fifteen years as a columnist and contributing editor atFellowship, the magazine of the Fellowship ofReconciliation.  

Rabbi Or Rose is a leading writer and social activist. He is the founding director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA, which provides educational programming and resources on issues of contemporary Jewish spirituality, Israel-Diaspora relations, religious pluralism and environmental responsibility.

In addition to his duties at the center, Rose serves as co-director of the Center for Interreligious and Community Leadership Education, a joint venture of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School. Prior to taking this position, Rose was associate dean and director of informal education at the Rabbinical School, where he still teaches. He is co-editor of "Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections" (Jewish Lights, 2010), and "My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth and Transformation (Orbis, 2012). - See more at: http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/faculty-biographies#sthash.eTmn3EG8.dpuf