Intercultural Connections Project:
Bridging Faiths, Resolving Conflicts Through Case Studies
January to March 2014, In the Sea to Sky


The Intercultural Connections Project (“ICP”) is an inter-faith bridging project with support from Embrace BC and facilitated by Mafalda Arias and William Roberts. It is a ground-breaking initiative using case studies to assist emerging leaders and members from faith communities engage with diverse communities and learn experiential ways to resolve intercultural conflict and build bridges. The goal is to develop intercultural competencies, empathy, tolerance, and understanding to successfully navigate the real challenges of multicultural differences in inclusive communities.

The ICP will work with case studies from the Harvard Pluralism Project and with 24 participants drawn from The Squamish Multifaith Society, the Whistler Interfaith Society, Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations, Quest University Canada and others. We will be holding a preliminary orientation and networking session to prepare participants for the full 24-hour ICP Forum at the Brew Creek Centre south of Whistler, from Thursday February 20 4:30 pm to February 21 4:30 pm. Participants will learn about this ‘case study method’ for experiential learning and deep dialogue on tough real-life interfaith, intercultural situations. These cases show the complexities of our diverse multicultural communities and the challenging demands they can pose. The information sessions will be on:
 
Squamish                                                   Whistler
Date: January  29                                         Date: January  30
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm                                    Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Place: Quest Canada University                      Place: Millennium Place,  Boardroom A
Room AC1.457, 4th Floor Academic Building       
 
With this preliminary orientation and networking opportunity, the facilitators will prepare the participants for the full 24-hour ICP Forum at the Brew Creek Centre south of Whistler, from Thursday February 20 4:30 pm to February 21 4:30 pm. During this Forum, participants will get to know and connect with each other over meals and conversations. They will engage in facilitated, deep discussion on three case studies, digging in to the complexities of these cases exploring ways to develop deeper understandings, clearer communications, empathy and trust.

With feedback, evaluation and final reporting on this initial project, the facilitators look to build on this community-based, case-study process for promoting cultural diversity and resolving cross-cultural conflicts. In meeting these initial goals further work is required to build relationships, promote understanding and explore the intersection of inter-faith bridging and cultural diversity.

 
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