Conflicts between Spain and Catalan over political and cultural identities, between Brexiteers and Non-Brexiteers, between Scottish nationalists and UK nationalists... Ongoing conflicts in Iraq, full blown civil war in Syria between Shiia, Sunni, Alawite, Christian and secularists, complicated by mercenary interventions fuelled by external powers.. Race riots in inner cities, neighbourhood disputes in which racial or
religious prejudice fuels the conflict, youth and gang violence, terrorism,
bombings: Ireland/Britain, Chechnya, Afghanistan, the still unresolved aftermath of the September
11th attacks on USA (who really masterminded these attacks ?), Kashmir, Israel/Palestine and the ever elusive search for a real peace solution here, Aceh, East Timor,
Somalia, Tibet/China, continuing racial tensions in Los Angeles,
New York, South Africa, Yemen.... Plus an increase in lone wolf killings, often aparently racially or religiously motivate, including shootings, and stabbings, killings and rogue vehicle random driving attacks, in Europe, the UK, Israel and the USA...
Everywhere we look we see violence and conflict fuelled, by religious and
racial hatred and ignorance, which constantly raises its head to greet us..... As soon as one incident dies down, another rises to greet us.... Yet
by working together can we make a difference ! We can put out these fires. We can educate, and mediate these conflicts,
using the very same spiritual values and wisdom teachings which the great
faiths and cultures of the world profess to uphold and believe in. Teachings
and legal codes on peace and reconciliation exist in all the great religions
of the world, yet their contribution to practical mediation and peacebuilding
is often neglected. The Multifaith and Multicultural Mediation Service
will be drawing on the expertise and spiritual wisdom of representatives
of all these traditions to enable its service to be offered impartially,
comprehensively, and with profound attention to the details of the particular
disputes under attention. Volunteer mediators have already come froward
from the Christian, Buddhist, Bahai, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Islamic, Jain,
Zoroastrian, Humanist, Indigenous, secular, humanist, masonic, Druid, Pagan and New Age traditions.
The International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy runs a Mediation and Education Service specialising in dispute resolution in situations
of religious or racial violence and conflict. The service is available
to provide mediation in all situations of conflict in which there is either
a specifically religious or racial dimension to the dispute or in which
both parties to the dispute prefer to refer the matter to the Service.
The Service is available for consultation throughout Britain, Ireland,
Europe, the Commonwealth and globally. Operated from London, one of the
world's great cosmopolitan cities, with one of the most developed international
communication and transportation infrastructures, we are available for
consultation and advice 24 hours per day. Many of the world's current
civil and international conflicts involve religious disagreements and
ethnic prejudices, yet until now there has been no international agency
offering specific guidance and expertise on inter-religious and inter-cultural
mediation. In the UK and Ireland there are many communities experiencing
religious or ethnic conflict and violence. We intend to provide a service,
which can make a genuine contribution to resolving these conflicts, in
short term, local disputes, and long term wider conflict situations.
The United Kingdom, although geographically a small area, has also been
a great crossing place in international history, and is now the home of
a great experiment in multicultural and multifaith good relations, with
many Commonwealth citizens living alongside each other in peace and tranquillity,
learning that from diversity comes strength and tolerance. This advanced
degree of experience in pioneering good relations between people of different
cultures and faiths, and in conducting research and study into the best
ways to foster such good relations, is something on which the Service
is founded. A special feature of the Multifaith and Multicultural Mediation
Service will therefore be to facilitate dispute resolution in Commonwealth
or former Commonwealth countries, and to share with other world regions
some of the experiences gained from this perspective. The Gandhian tradition
of non-violence, forged out of the long dialogue of British and Indian
cultures, particularly inspires the Service. Recently the HQ of the MMMS has moved to France, to be at the heart of Europe.
We held our first training session for mediators in April 1996 at the
Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire.
Regular day training events for people interested in becoming volunteers
with the Service are taking place in the UK and elsewhere by arrangement
(full details on application). A training also took place in the USA in
The International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, which
works in the academic field of peace studies and global philosophy, has
arisen out of several years of exploratory work at the Institute of Education
(University of London), and is now an autonomous Institute working in
close association with academic institutions in the U.K. and abroad. The
Institute is providing the academic and educational input to the Multifaith
and Multicultural Education and Mediation Service through its international network
of mediation and conflict resolution practitioners and specialists.
The Institute organised an innovative series of seminars on conflict resolution
and ethics and politics in different world regions in concert with Lord
Ennals at the House of Lords from 1993-1995. We attended the United Nations
World Social Summit in Copenhagen in 1995, the 1995 International Conference
on Peacemaking at Ladnun, Rajasthan, India and the United Nations City
Summit in Istanbul in 1996. The Institute also publishes a pioneering
journal: "Love, Peace and Wisdom: An International Journal of Education
Dedicated to the 9 Muses" and other publications concerning the quest
for peace worldwide.
Initial work is undertaken by telephone for exploratory discussions with
both parties followed by a formal mediation session in which the parties
concerned are invited to travel to London or another meeting place of
their agreed choice. The Service will be free of charge to disputants,
and will instead rely on donations and funding, as is usual for religious
works of charity. Those who can make donations to the project however
are welcome to do so. Mediators likewise give their time voluntarily,
but we intend to pay their travelling expenses as possible. A fundraising
committee is in operation to develop the Service and volunteers with expertise
in this area are always appreciated.
The Service is independent of all government help. In this way we are
free, as neutral, independent third parties, to speak with authentic moral
authority on behalf of the victims of conflict and violence, and in a
language which the disputants will themselves understand and respect.
If you feel you have a case which could benefit from referral to our service,
or if you have personal knowledge of some dispute or conflict underway
which involves religious or racial elements, and would like to see a formal
intervention and offer of assistance from the Multifaith and Multicultural
Mediation Service, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Either write in to us to the following address, giving clear details (in so
far as you know them) of the dispute underway, or telephone us on the number below.
One of the unique features of the Multifaith and Multicultural Mediation
Services is its access to a wide body of volunteer translators and interpreters,
through collaboration with the Peace Translation Service. We are working
to produce a unique International Dictionary of Peacemaking and Mediation.
Further volunteers are always welcome who have linguistic or editing skills.
The MMMS was launched at the time when its founder, Dr Thomas C. Daffern,
was serving in the capacity of Secretary General of the World Conference
on Religion and Peace (UK and Ireland) and Director of the Gandhi Foundation
School of Nonviolence.
The Service is also available to undertake in-depth background research
into specific cases involving religious or ethnic conflict on behalf of
clients. Members of the Service are also available to act as Consultants
to other organisations, governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental,
who wish to avail themselves of our experience in this complex field.
The guiding ethos underlying the Service is that conflict can be managed
peacefully to the interest of both parties to a win/win outcome, no matter
how deep or entrenched the conflict may appear at first reading. Together
we can help create a peaceful world for our children to inherit, by drawing
together the ancient teachings of the religious faiths with modern approaches
to conflict resolution and mediation.
The MMMS also works in association with the Global Green University, a
new global academic initiative arising from the work of the IIPSGP.
For further information, to refer cases of conflict for mediation, for
training and consultancy requests, to provide language translation services,
or to volunteer to assist the publicity and outreach of MMMS in any way
whatever, please contact:
Le Musee de la Paix, 13 Grande Rue, Betete, La Creuse, Limousin, Aquitaine, 23270, France
Tel. +33 (0)5 8756 5489 +44 (0)7500 238523 Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org