The Decade on Interreligious Dialogue at the United Nations in New York

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Date & Time: Wednesday, June 9, 2010
10:45 AM-3:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School
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United Nations
First Avenue and 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
Cost: $95 meet at the UN $295 travel from New England
Sponsored by: Institute for Global Leadership
Description: Yu are cordially invited to the United Nations in New York on The Decade on Interreligious Dialogue
Tuition includes luncheon in the delegates dining room
RSVP by June1 with payment to Institute for Global Leadership, 210 Park Avenue #299, Worcester, MA 01609 or credit card calls to 508-245-6843


Meditation and Reflection in the Dag Hammarsjkold Meditation Room, 10:45-11:15 AM

Luncheon and discussion
Digesting The Decade and the Initiative Delegates Dining Room led by Virginia Swain, Founder and Director, Institute for Global Leadership 12:30-2:00

Briefing on the Initiative for a UN Decade of Interreligious Dialogue by Stein Villumstad, Deputy Secretary General, Religions for Peace, Chair, Steering Committee, The Initiative for a UN Decade of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding and Cooperation for Peace for the

To learn about the importance of the mediation room, read an excerpt from Reconciliation as Policy: A CapacityBuilding Proposal for Renewing Leadership and Development, (Swain/Sayeed, click on title to read entire paper) Dag Hammarskjold believed the United Nations Meditation Room he built should be the center of the United Nations. He had a close feeling about the spiritual and wrote: We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence. This house, dedicated to work and debate in the service of peace, should have one room dedicated to silence in the outward sense and stillness in the inner sense. It has been the aim to create in this small room a place where the doors may be open to the infinite lands of thought and prayer.
Ms Virginia Swain, Director, Institute for Global Leadership and ECOSCAC Representative, Association of World Citizens, has 19 years experience in the UN community and 25 years of practical experience on five continents as an educator, consultant, ombuds, mediator, mentor, counselor and manager and trainer in commercial and non-profit enterprises including Peace Corps teaching in Africa. and For more, go to

Virginia developed a Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service after a pilot project, Celebration of the Children of the World at the United Nations that grew over the past two decades with dozens of implementations ( The service is guided by Reconciliation Leaders (Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program ) where armed force is not used to wage peace.
Papers written on the subject are Leadership and Practice to Reconcile Challenges in a PostSeptember 11th World, prepared for the Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York, 1415 December 2006, with Dr. Sarah Sayeed Reconciliation as Policy: A CapacityBuilding Proposal for Renewing Leadership and Development, prepared for Columbia University conference (as above) with Dr. Sayeed, 2005. Reconciliation Leadership at Hartford Seminary,
Virginia Swains work at the UN is briefly chronicled at "Turning to the Light of God Within," published in the Daily Word, December 2006. Her memoir, available from the author, A Mantle of Roses: A Womans Journey Home to Peace. Xlibris, 2004, tells the story of her spiritual journey to the UN after a career in business and Peace Corps teaching in Liberia, West Africa.

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Phone: 508-245-6843
Entered by: Virginia Swain

Created: March 28, 2010 at 9:09 PM
Last Modified: April 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM

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