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The conception of the Network for Peace through Dialogue began in 1983 with an invitation by Ute Wannig, a German sociologist, to Kathleen Kanet, then working with the Intercommunity Center for Justice and Peace. The initiative was to bring grassroots groups together from the northern and southern hemispheres who were involved in liberation struggles and peacemaking projects to learn from one another. The initial planning group from Germany, Philippines and the United States established the original goals and bylaws which were published in 1985.

The original title of the organization: Christian Initiative Center of International Learning (CIL)

Article One Principles

The CIL supports the just struggles of all peoples for their liberation. It believes in and dedicates itself to the following principles:

  • the universal brotherhood and sisterhood of all people in God;
  • the cause of upholding human dignity and the equality of all peoples regardless of creed or color;
  • the fulfillment of people's basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing through the promotion of social change and justice;
  • the eradication of social inequity and injustice that forments war;
  • the integrity of creation and the protection of the environment;
  • an international peace through disarmament and dialogue;
  • the establishment of a new international order based on the principles of equality, mutuality, self determination and peaceful coexistence.
  • We recognize that we are part of a process of growth in trust in the people's capacity to take things in their own hands even though mistakes are made. Even though we recognize that we shall not always live up to the principles stated, we (name of members, groups etc.) do adopt and promulgate this Mission Statement.

Article Two Objectives

Section 1 The objectives of CIL are :

  • a. The CIL shall foster the spirit of internationalism among grassroots movements in different countries.
  • b. The CIL shall gather and exchange experiences gained from people's movements and analyze these from an international perspective.
  • c. The CIL shall stimulate scientific evaluation of experiences gained in grassroots movements.
  • d. The CIL shall assist and participate in the continuing renewal of strategies based on the analysis of the people's movements.
  • e. The CIL shall promote dialogue and development programs so that people with different historical, cultural and social conditions can not only learn from but also support one another.

Section 2

In pursuit of these objectives, the CIL shall engage in Research and Publications, Project Development and Coordination and in an International Exchange Program.

  • a. Research and Publications
  • a.1 The CIL shall conduct research on experiences gained in grassroots movements and on the factors influencing their work.
  • a.2 The CIL shall document, popularize and make available researches and findings through timely periodicals and publication specifically to grassroots people's movements.
  • a. 3 All official publications of CIL shall carry the banner of the DIALOGUE. The editorial policy shall be "…and when one suffers, all suffer and when one is honored, all are honored." (1 Corinthians 12)
  • a. 4 The CIL shall exhibit artistic as well as literary works which are the expressions of the people's problems and their aspirations.
  • a. 5 The CIL shall facilitate the exchange of information and its resources among its chapters. It shall establish a library to serve this purpose.
  • b. Project Development and Coordination
  • b. 1 The CIL shall initiate workshops and international meetings with view to deepen analysis, to exchange concepts and working experiences among grassroots people's movements and to share their faith reflections.
  • b. 2 The CIL may establish partnerships of forms of working relationships with organizations or institutions consistent with and in fulfillment of CIL objectives. It may initiate, support and coordinate campaigns for justice and peace and the protection of creation.
  • b. 3 The CIL shall arrange and accompany partnerships between parishes, institutions and grassroots organizations as a way of exchanging inspirations and resources thus supporting each other.
  • b. 4 The CIL shall facilitate the distribution of community based production to contribute to the financial resources of the grassroots organizations and to provide channels for the people's creative talents.
  • (This point needs further discussion especially in regard to the concern that no production should be encouraged, even though it be high quality handicraft, to serve export purposes only.)

  • c. International Cultural Exchange
  • c.1 The CIL shall process cultural visits of selected members of its different partners in order to provide them with a firm grasp of the concrete conditions in areas and spheres of their concern.
  • c. 2 The CIL shall promote an international exchange of selected personnel with the purpose of rendering service and lending their expertise in their professions or vocations. In so doing, its members are given a well-rounded training and development.

NNetwork for Peace through Dialogue (formerly the Center o f International Learning) was begun in 1985 by sociologists, theologians, and educators fr om Germany, the Philippines and the United States united by their world view and want ing to participate in transformative change. The Center was to provide ongoing learning, analysis and collaboration between people of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. There were two specific goals: to promote democ ratic processes and to work toward de-militarization. The following listing of the internationa l workshops of the early years demonstrates the topics of inv estigation as well as the diverse locations of the work. In 2006 emphasis was redir ected to the need for dialogue in this country.

  • 1988 - U.S. Bases in the Home Land - Manila, Olongapo, and Angeles City, Philippines
  • 1989 - Fascism & Traces in Modern Society - Berlin, Germany
  • 1990 - Economic Conversion & Grassroots Participation - Rocky Flats, Colorado, USA
  • 1992 - Religious Fundamentalism & Its Impact on Democratic Grassroots Movements - Managua, Nicaragua
  • 1994 - US branch initiated its Living Room Dialogue series on differing cultures and critical social issues and its Communities in Dialogue program and its newsletter
  • 1996 - What Do People (We) Need? - Accra, Ghana
  • 1997 - Models for a Life Phase after Employment and Family Work - Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1998 - A Society for All Ages: Aging in Dignity in a Sustainable World - New York, NY
  • 1999 -2002 - US Branch then organized in the United States its first international program culminating with a conference
  • 2002- Neighborhood by Neighborhood: How can we build a sustainable world? New York, NY
  • 2003 - USA branch began its youth program "Crossing Boundaries: Youth in Dialogue about the Rights of the Child" linking on-line youth groups internationally who engaged in its curriculum on the Rights of the Child
  • 2003-04 - Security: How can we all have it? International Dialogue
  • 2004 - the Network established its continually updated website and has implemented web-based international dialogues there
  • 2005 - began its on-going on-line dialogues on critical issues facing all of humanity
  • 2006 - USA branch changed its name to Network for Peace through Dialogue, and believing that dialogue is a vital process of making and keeping peace named its Mission: The Network for Peace through Dialogue creates opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in constructive conversations in an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect.
    • Confronting Concerns I-Harlem youth identify concerns, hold workshops
    • Developed and promulgated "Elements of High Quality Dialogue"
    • Confronting Concerns II-Harlem youth continue interviews, hold workshops
  • 2007 - Held it first Dialogue Conference that gathered more than 100 participants for an acclaimed 1 and 1/2 day meeting
  • 2008 - Leadership Institute. Selected youth learn workshops skills hold workshops for youth and adults
  • 2008 - Began a Dialogue Facilitators Networking Group to assist practitioners of dialogue and promote the theory, practice and skills of dialogue.
  • 2009 - Held 2nd national Dialogue Conference and 2010 Youth Conference NYC.
  • 2011 - Addressed the issue of "modern slavery" resulting from the trafficking of persons, particularly women. Produced a booklet on the subject that was used to generate dialogue in a number of different forums.
  • 2014-2016 Created a project called "Our Common Ground" in which we explored our relationship to earth and raised consciousness about it.

Thus since 1985 The Network for Peace through Dialogue has been dedicated to connecting grassroots communities, both local and global in order to identify and research common issues and solutions in the areas of making peace and promoting just action. Our objective is to provide a platform so that communities and societies can expand understanding and discuss their differences within a dynamic environment to help resolve conflicts and cooperate more fully. In all our programs we do so by analyzing, facilitating, and fostering dialogue, identifying solutions and sharing information.

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