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Body, Mind and Soul: Integrating Religion and Secular Evidence-based Praxis to Heal Divide, Overcome Hate and Address Domestic Radicalization

May 7, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

Since the storming of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, a growing chorus of pundits, politicians, officials, and experts have framed the rioters and the general threat posed by right-wing radicalization through a lens reminiscent of the tone and terms customary to the war on jihadist extremism. An example of this lies is the way a lot of post-Capitol Riot rhetoric suggested a clear pathway linking Christian Evangelicalism to right-wing radicalization. While there is merit inexploring how and in what ways modern American evangelicalism may intersect with an individual or group’s radicalization, we must not replicate similar mistakes made in efforts to advance preventing and countering violent extremism initiatives when the focus was Jihadist extremism. The United States is a deeply religious country, but apart from toxic polarization falling on political, social and economic fault lines, we are so too divided with regard to the way we perceive religion and spirituality. A trauma-informed approach can help integrate religious and secular approaches in a way that reduces radicalization and heals the divides that rest at the root of the conflict

Jesse Morton, former jihadist propagandist and now executive director of Parallel Networks
Kerry Noble, former Christian White Identarian, ordained minister and Parallel Networks interventionist
Daryl Paul Lobban, Director of Strategic Partnerships, One America Movement 
Mike Niconchuk, works on neuroscience and peacebuilding at Beyond Conflict
Panel moderated by Elizabeth Hume, CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding 

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May 7, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT