“I have to warn you. I'm a masochist,” conflict resolution expert and self-described “heretical rabbi” Marc Gopin offers by way of introduction. What he is referring to is not some affect of neurosis, but to the uncommon strength of purpose that enables him to stand in the midst of the most volatile conflicts and not take sides, not be swayed by his own thoughts or emotions, not flinch. Dr. Gopin has become addicted to this “in-between space," as he calls it, and to the miraculous healing that can occur there. He has made a career of it. His work in conflict resolution has taken him to Yasser Arafat's compound where they shared a spiritual vision of the Holy Land, seminars with evangelical Christian ministers in which they embraced a common morality rooted in the Old Testament, and to engagements with Wahhabi Muslim scholars to explore a shared religious and cultural heritage as sons of Abraham.
This Voices from the Edge presentation, hosted by WIE editor Carter Phipps, is filled with these amazing tales of uncommon purpose, vision, and humanity, all in the name of peace.
Recorded on: 11/11/2004
Politics and Spirituality
Pacifism and Nonviolence