The Association for Conflict Resolution
of Greater New York
The CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium
at John Jay College
Monthly NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast
RESTORING CIVIL DIALOGUE IN A POLARIZED WORLD
Rev. Chloe Breyer
Sarah Sayeed, PhD
In this age of polarization, where civil dialogue seems a rarity, these professionals have committed to working to facilitate constructive communication among people with different perspectives.
Prompted by the recent activity around Park51, though not in any sense restricted to it, ACRGNY and John Jay have put together a program to help dispute resolvers identify pathways they might pursue in the restoration of that civil dialogue, based on the experience of these panelists.
REVEREND CHLOE BREYER is the Executive Director of The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY). ICNY seeks to make New York City and the world safe for religious difference by increasing respect and mutual understanding among people of different faith, ethnic, and cultural traditions and by fostering cooperation among religious communities and civic organizations to solve common social problems.
Chloe, who joined the Interfaith Center in 2007, is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York. From 2000-2003, she founded and directed the Cathedral Forums on Religion and Public Life at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Following 9/11/2001, she worked on an interfaith initiative to rebuild a mosque in Afghanistan destroyed by U.S. bombs. Chloe is the author of The Close: A Young Woman's First Year at Seminary (Basic Books 2000) with chapter contributions to What Can One Person Do? Faith to Heal a Broken World (Church Publishing 2005) and Challenging the Christian Right From the Heart of the Gospel (Beacon Press 2006).
FRANK FREDERICKS founded World Faith in 2006. An interfaith social action organization, World Faith mobilizes religiously diverse young adults to participate in service-learning projects, engage in interfaith dialogue through action, and utilize the media to counter religious extremism and to demonstrate how religion can inform work for unity and peace rather than hate, war and division. He has traveled to Lebanon, India, Egypt, and the Sudan finding passionate young people to start Chapters. Frank is an active blogger, contributing to Huffington Post and Sojourners, among others. He has been interviewed by Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine and a number of other international media outlets. Influencing the media is a major part of Frank's work as a PR and Online Marketing Consultant. Frank is also an accomplished musician and music talent agent.
CLAUDIA MAFFETONE is the president of LuX, a consultancy company that provides support to NGOs in the organization and implementation of projects and programs. She has been working in the field of intercultural dialogue with NGOs in the UN System and in several youth projects of the European Commission and the Council of Europe. In the past eight years she has served on the boards of different international networks such as the World Federation of UN Associations, the YMCA and the International Synergy Network. She has a degree in International Relations and Diplomacy with a focus on the Middle East.
SARAH SAYEED, PhD is the Program and Communications Associate of The Interfaith Center of New York. She has been involved in interfaith activities in New York City for more than a decade. As Program and Communications Associate, Sarah currently runs the Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Retreats for Social Justice and coordinates public communication for the Interfaith Center. Prior to joining ICNY, Dr. Sayeed worked for New York Disaster Interfaith Services and at the American Jewish World Service. Dr. Sayeed has delivered presentations and facilitated discussions on topics such as Muslims and Islam, women's access to mosques, cultural competency in health care and public communication. She is also President of Women in Islam, Inc., a social justice and human rights volunteer organization dedicated to the empowerment of women through knowledge and practice of Islam. Sarah earned a degree in Sociology and Near East Studies from Princeton University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a certificate in Reconciliation Leadership through the Institute for Global Leadership. Sarah's work at the Interfaith Center of New York and with Muslim communities is featured in an online exhibit of the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center, titled “Renewing Our American Dream after 9/11.”