Rose, Colleagues Honored for Interreligious Education Work

From left: award recipients Rabbi Or Rose, Celene Ayat Ibrahim-Lizzie and Jennifer Howe PeaceRabbi Or Rose and his colleagues from the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education were honored Feb. 4 by Northeastern University for their innovative work in interreligious education.

Rose and his CIRCLE co-directors, Jennifer Howe Peace and Celene Ayat Ibrahim-Lizzio, were named Interfaith Leadership Fellows, an annual honor bestowed by Northeastern during the university’s celebration of United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week. The award is given to an individual or individuals who exemplify the spirit of global interfaith understanding, cooperation and peacemaking in pursuit of the common good.

Alexander Levering Kern, executive director of Northeastern’s Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service, called the honorees a “dream team of Abrahamic interreligious scholar-practitioners.

Each of them, Kern said, “embodies the shared values of our Northeastern family: pluralism, religious freedom, social justice and an unwavering commitment to the health of American democracy and our planetary future.”

As part of the honor, Rose, Peace and Ibrahim-Lizzio delivered an interactive panel presentation, “Our Neighbors’ Faiths: Stories of Interreligious Encounter and Transformation,” in which they reflected on the power of storytelling as a modality for constructive dialogue across lines of difference.

Photo: Alexander Levering Kern of Northeastern, right, introduces award recipients, from left, Rabbi Or Rose, Celene Ayat Ibrahim-Lizzio and Jennifer Howe Peace.

— Posted Feb. 5, 2015