20th Anniversary Faith-in-Action Award Dinner
ICRD is celebrating its 20th year of peacebuilding. In honor of this momentous occasion, join us in celebration at the 20th Anniversary Faith-in-Action Award Dinner at 6:30 pm on May 16, 2019 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. The event will honor the achievements of Secretary General of Religions for Peace International, Dr. William Vendley, and feature a panel discussion on religious prejudice and violence.
Dr. William F. Vendley
20th Anniversary Awardee
Dr. William F. Vendley is the Secretary General of Religions for Peace International. He is a member of its World Council which consists of 60 senior religious leaders from all continents. He coordinates the activities and projects of Religions for Peace in 90 national and 5 regional councils.
Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace by working to advance multi-religious consensus on positive aspects of peace as well as concrete actions to stop war, help eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth.
Dr. Vendley assumed leadership of Religions for Peace International in 1994. He is a pioneer in advancing multi-religious cooperation to help resolve conflict and advance development and has facilitated the establishment of multi-religious councils around the world. In the immediate aftermath of the civil war in Bosnia, he assisted the Inter-religious Council of Bosnia-Herzegovina which served Bosnia religious leaders in their efforts to heal their society and re-build a single, multi-ethnic Bosnia. He also facilitated the establishment of the Inter-religious Council of Sierra Leone in the midst of a ten-year civil war, supported the successful multi-religious mediations between the rebels and the government and was requested to assist in the formal peace talks in Lome, Togo. He has advanced multi-religious efforts to prevent conflicts, mediate among warring parties and heal societies in the aftermath of violence in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Iraq and many other countries. He facilitated formation of the Religions for Peace Middle East North Africa Council, a regional civil society multi-religious structure designed to foster concrete multi-religious solidarity and action across the region. He is convinced that multi-religious efforts for peacemaking provide unique strengths that complement those marshaled by governments and bodies like the United Nations.
Dr. Vendley co-founded the Hope for African Children Initiative to address the needs of African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The Initiative resulted in an initial US$ 50M being raised to help equip African communities, particularly grassroots religious congregations, to provide needed services to vulnerable children. This work formed the base for major additional grants of US$ 150M to underwrite the development work by the 26 African inter-religious councils affiliated with Religions for Peace.
Dr. Vendley earned his BA of science degree from Purdue University (1971) and was the recipient of its Distinguished Alumni for Science Award in 2005. He received a MA in religious studies from Maryknoll School of Theology and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Fordham University (1984).
A discussion on religious prejudice and violence
Ambassador Rosemary Banks
New Zealand's Ambassador to the United States
Imam Talib M. Shareef
President and Imam of Masjid Muhammad in Washington, DC
Anti-Hate Activist and Former White Supremacist