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Organization: Near East School of Theology
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

Yes :
Today we are more daring and free to tackle critical religious issues considered to be crucial points of contention between Muslims and Christians, being part of their convictions.
Measures of success:

* Creation of new trust-based friendships

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

Major obstacles encountered :
Dealing with some extremists.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

Action areas :
* Training ministers for Evangelical, Episcopal, Lutheran and Reformed churches
* Opening channels of Christian-Christian and Christian-Muslim dialogues
* Organization of lectures and forums to discuss the topics of the hour from a religious point of view
Most important activities developed :
For the first time in the history of religious organizations:

* Professors and deans gathered to work out a plan of joint action
* Professors from various institutes were invited to attend postgraduate assessment panels
* Students from other institutes were invited to spend a whole day with their peers in the Near East School of Theology, where they performed their religious rituals freely and visited sacred places of worship.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?


PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?


PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?


Postal address of organization

Near East School of Theology
P.O. Box 13-5780 Chouran
Beirut, Lebanon

E-mail address of organization

nest.adm@inco.com.lb

Website address of organization


Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance, solidarity

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace


Highest priority country of action (or international)

We operate within the city of Beirut where students from all governorates as well as from Arab and foreign countries receive theological education

Second priority country of action (or international)

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