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2015 Peace Conference


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 St.  Martin-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, public intellectual, practicing chaplain, freelance theologian, sometime translator, and aspiring servant of Allah. In 1994 Ms. Harris founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship, the first organization specifically devoted to the theory and practice of authentically Islamic active nonviolence. 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, New York. She is also among the organizers of a new venture in Islamic pastoral care; the Muslim Chaplains Association. 

Ms. Harris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in the field of Religion, a Master’s from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. She has spent fifteen years as a columnist and contributing editor at Fellowship, the magazine of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.  

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

Yuval Ron is an internationally renowned World Music artist, composer, educator, peace activist and record producer. Graduating Cum Laude as a Film Scoring Major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has continuously researched various ethnic musical traditions and spiritual paths worldwide. Among his many honors, he composed the songs and score for the Oscar winning film West Bank Story in 2007, was the featured artist in the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama's initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall in 2008, and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan since 2006. 

Under his leadership, the internationally renowned music and dance group, The Yuval Ron Ensemble, has been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths and has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and in the international press and media. 

Click to view Yuval Ron performances.

  • "The Gift" on Youtube: A ten minutes short documentary on the art and mission of Yuval Ron Ensemble. With some rare and gorgeous footage of Yuval Ron Ensemble in concerts around the world.
  • "Kholat" on Vimeo: In this vivid danceable program, the Yuval Ron Ensemble celebrates new and upbeat musical arrangements of Sephardic-Jewish traditions of Spain and the ecstatic Sufi traditions of the East.