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July 2015

2015 International Observer Program (IOP) – Uganda and Tanzania focusing on Muslims in America: Community, Interfaith, Democracy and Political Participation

July 22, 2015 - August 15, 2015
USA United States

This program introduces Ugandan and Tanzanian Imams and community leaders to American Muslim Communities. African countries undergoing social and political change like Uganda and Tanzania can benefit from the exchange of ideas with other societies. Opportunities for dialogue are especially important. July 25-31 (MD – DC) Program Orientation Religion & Culture in a Pluralistic World: The History of Interfaith in America Integration into American Society: Perspectives & Processes in the U.S. compared to Africa/Middle East/Southeast Asia Discussion on Interfaith Cooperation…

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July 2016

2016 BUBW International – Kyrgyzstan for Central Asia

July 13, 2016 @ 8:00 am - July 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Jannat Regency Hotel, 21/2 Aaly Tokombayev St, Bishkek 720060, Kyrgyzstan
Bishek, Kyrgyzstan
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It is with great enthusiasm that we invite our fellow global stewards to attend the first-ever international BUBW in Bishkek this summer! Better Understanding for a Better World (BUBW) was launched in 2006 to give American high school students and International exchange students of diverse cultural backgrounds and various faith traditions the opportunity to meet and learn from one another. The most pressing issue our youth face today is how they view the “other”, meaing people who are different from…

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April 2017

2017 Better Understanding for a Better World (BUBW) – Baltimore

April 26, 2017 - April 30, 2017
Sheraton BWI Hotel in Linthicum, MD Baltimore, MD United States + Google Map

Annual Youth Leadership, Intercultural and Interfaith Conferences Youth Leaders Representing 32 Countries Sharing the goals of world peace and harmony Seeking deeper understanding Coming as strangers with common misunderstandings, leaving united as close friends Developing mutual respect and recognizing there is strength in diversity Departing empowered, ready for peacebuilding and making global change

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October 2017

2017 International Observer Program (IOP): East Africa – Credible Voices focusing on Diversity as a Source of Strength: Interfaith, Community & Inclusiveness

October 9, 2017 - October 26, 2017
USA United States

DIVERSITY AS A SOURCE OF STRENGTH: INTERFAITH, COMMUNITY AND INCLUSIVENESS was developed to introduce participants to various experiences and issues with a wide variety of vibrant, rapidly growing Muslim communities, and their fruitful interfaith relationships with the wider American society. Education is critical to address the need for understanding both within and between religious groups, who are often ignorant of both their own traditions and of those of others. Too often this includes a dearth of proper training of religious…

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November 2017

2017 International Observer Program (IOP) – Egypt focusing on Understanding Cultural Nuances for Translation

November 4, 2017 - November 23, 2017

The 2017 IOP: English for Translation Purposes Program uniquely combines a group of 4 women and 8 men from the Muslim community in Egypt. These delegates serve as religious and community leaders, junior faculty members, Imams, and professionals in Egypt working at various institutions in Egypt such as Al-Azhar University and AmidEast. This trip is marked with numerous enriching and engaging moments. For many participants this is a journey of self-exploration, challenging their preconceived notions and moving them towards being…

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April 2018

2018 Morocco – European ​Imams Conference

April 6, 2018 - April 8, 2018
Morocco Morocco

Imams Training Programs for Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East "Promotion of Interfaith Relationship Building, Radicalization Prevention & Countering Violent Extremism" Flier: 2018-Morocco_CECF_EIC_Flier_032318.pdf

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2018 International Observer Program (IOP)​ -​ Kazakhstan

April 21, 2018 - May 12, 2018
USA United States

Flier: IOP-Flier_032618-1.pdf

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October 2018

2018 International Observer Program (IOP)​ ​-​ ​Kyrgyzstan

October 13, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Flier: IOP-Flier_032618.pdf

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February 2019

2019 Better Understanding for a Better World (BUBW) – Orlando

February 6 - February 10
Pop Century Resort in Walt Disney World Orlando, FL United States + Google Map

Annual Youth Leadership, Intercultural and Interfaith Conferences Youth Leaders Representing 15 - 20 Countries Sharing the goals of world peace and harmony Seeking deeper understanding Coming as strangers with common misunderstandings, leaving united as close friends Developing mutual respect and recognizing there is strength in diversity Departing empowered, ready for peacebuilding and making global change

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March 2019

2019 BUBW International – Uganda for East Africa

March 13 - March 16
Kampala, Uganda

CECF will be conducting its 34th BUBW conference, in partnership with the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU). The focus will be on multiple sectors of society - youth and religious leaders, university students, young professionals, women and representatives of civil society organizations. From religious & tribal extremism, Intertribal & Interfaith conflicts, to gender inequality, youth unemployment, and perceived economic marginalization, CECF has identified critical challenges that require collaboration across various members of society. The faith-based sector is a key player. Understanding the dynamic…

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