What religious leaders say about Ron Young
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Ron Young serves as staff Consultant to NILI leaders, helping to develop consensus statements and arrange meetings for the leaders in Washington, DC.
would be glad to respond to your inquiry.
travels regularly and would be pleased to visit your community to meet with local religious leaders and speak at public forums; please see the list of topics he
often speaks about.
can be reached by email or phone at (425) 263-9369 (office) or (425) 327-7545 (cell)
2003 - present: Consultant for the National Interreligious Initiative for Peace
works with leaders of 25 U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious organizations to develop consensus advocacy positions and mobilize public support for active, fair and firm U.S. leadership for Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace.
In March 2012, acknowledging momentous changes and new challenges in the Middle East.
NILI leaders declared, "Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace is more urgent than ever," and they cautioned candidates not to use rhetoric in election campaigns that could harm chances for a two-state peace agreement.
In April and May 2011, during P.M. Netanyhu's visit to Washington, NILI leaders wrote to President Obama
and ran ads in Politico urging the President to visit Jerusalem to restart talks based drawing on elements from official and informal negotiations.
In September 2010 a NILI delegation to met at the White House and with Secretary of State Clinton.
Building on the work of the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace
organized by Ron
in 1987, the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative
was organized in 2003.
In 2004-05 Ron
held meetings with local religious leaders in 40 cities.
In June 2005 the Initiative organized 50 local host sites for a Town Meeting for Peace
(via the Internet) sponsored by A Different Future with speakers from Jerusalem and Washington DC.
NILI leaders believe that the 2011 Israeli Peace Initiative launched by former senior Israeli government, intelligence and military officials, the earlier Arab Peace Initiative and the Geneva Accord taken together offer benchmark principles and practical ideas for resolving even the toughest issues, including refugees and Jerusalem.
These positive initiatives create a context in which strong, sustained leadership by the Obama
Administration, supported by interreligious advocacy for constructive responses by Congress can help achieve Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Ron Young has spoken and written widely on the Middle East and interfaith cooperation; he taught a course on the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict at Haverford College; organized Interfaith Convocations for Peace; and generated statements and other resources endorsed by Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders.
The White House invited Ron
to the Israel-PLO Oslo Declaration signing in 1993.
has lectured at the Chautauqua Institution
, speaking on peace in the Middle East, and "Religion As a Source of Violence or Peace.
was Chautauqua's chaplain on the theme "Iraq and Its Neighborhood."
1987: Organized the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace
This is a national organization of 2500 Jews, Christians and Muslims, working together based on the deepest values in their traditions.
organized the first National Interfaith Convocation and Congressional Visitation for Mideast Peace in March 1989; he
has led ten interreligious leadership trips to the Middle East.
1986: Authored Missed Opportunities for Peace
: U.S. Middle East Policy, 1981-86
This book earned praise from Jewish American and Palestinian American leaders, and by prominent U.S. policy analysts.
1982 - 1985: Middle East Representative for American, British and Canadian Quakers
and his wife, Carol Jensen, lived in Amman, Jordan and traveled regularly in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon to explore Arab and Israeli views about opportunities and obstacles for peace and how the United States could help to achieve peace.
coordinated peace education work nationwide on a range of international issues, including Vietnam, arms control, human rights and the Middle East.
1965 - 1972: National Youth Secretary for the Fellowship of Reconciliation
was a popular speaker at hundreds of high schools and colleges; and National Coordinator of the Marches on Washington for Peace
in Vietnam in November 1969 and May 1970.
1960 - 1965: Student at Wesleyan University
As a student at Wesleyan, Ron participated in the Student Interracial Ministry in Memphis as Assistant to the Reverend J.M. Lawson, Jr. in black Methodist congregation; served as Youth Minister at a Congregational Church in Connecticut; and in March 1965 Ron worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama.
What religious leaders say about Ron Young
Ron Young serves as a Consultant to the National Interreligious Initiative for Peace in the Middle East.
is widely respected by Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders because he
brings a holistic and balanced perspective to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
has worked for many years promoting dialogue and practical solutions that aim at fostering a just peace--two states living side by side with security and human rights for both peoples.
is a bridge-builder and a teacher.
It takes a special person to keep the flame of hope burning, and that is exactly who Ron
depth of knowledge, and his
understanding of Middle East and American politics, make him a unique and indispensable guide to ever-changing work of bringing peace to the Middle East.
has dedicated his
life to promote understanding between the Abrahamic faiths.
He has served as a bridge between people of different faiths and cultures who may not feel comfortable with each other.
personal commitment to work for the resolution of difficult issues in the Middle East has earned him respect and appreciation from those who know him.
vast experience in the field of conflict resolution in the Middle East makes him a good teacher and speaker about those issues.
has an unusual depth of experience in the whole area of understanding the realities of the Middle East.
also has a strong calling to help religious leaders work together for peace.
will contribute realistic hope and vision to those who are looking for understanding and some ways to be involved in reconciliation.
is a trusted bridge-builder among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
years of experience working for Middle East peace both in the region and in the United States equip him to provide analysis and guidance to grassroots peace-making groups, and especially those seeking interreligious partners in their endeavors.
is knowledgeable in a sophisticated way on the issues; he
knows the Middle East intimately, including key Arab and Israeli leaders; he
is fair but does not talk around the hard problems; he
is positive but hard-nosed and realistic; and he
is wonderfully articulate.
I've seen Ron
address all kinds of audiences - Jewish, Muslim and Christian, separately and mixed - with great effectiveness.
is available to speak or lead discussions at community forums; here are possible topics that might interest your organization:
For more information, please contact Ron Young