Krista Tippett to Receive Faith-in-Action Award from the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy
The International Center for Religion and Diplomacy Tackles Social Divisions in the United States
ICRD's Faith-in-Action Award recognizes the unique contributions of an individual to issues of global concern and the important role that faith convictions play in their work.
"ICRD is honoring Krista Tippett for her work on the intersection of spiritual inquiry and society, including community healing, science, and the arts. Through her leadership in the OnBeing Project, Ms. Tippett has evolved a deep inquiry with people of every background to explore how faith, ethics, and moral wisdom play a role in their lives," said James Patton, President and CEO of ICRD.
"Religious convictions can be a significant factor in promoting divisiveness and enmity—or in building the trust needed to move communities toward understanding and mutual compassion. American society is more divided than ever. The authenticity of the COVID-19 pandemic, race and policing, and the legitimacy of our democratic institutions have all been lightning rods for conflict. Political leaders and media have presented divergent and often distorted views of important shared concerns, and data demonstrate that Americans process these crises through ideological lenses so rigid that instant polarization has been predictable."
"ICRD is steadfast in the conviction that shared values across our faith traditions can be at the very heart of strategies to overcome seemingly insurmountable problems. For over 20 years, we worked internationally to steer religious belief toward strengthening communities to address challenges to stability. We are now collaborating with American faith actors who are inspiring their communities to commit to dialogue over conflict, and empathy over hatred. There is a rising risk of polarization and violence in the United States, and we are working to make faith part of the solution," Patton said.
"I have been an admirer - and a student - of the work of the ICRD for many years. I am immensely honored to be recognized in this way and in this year — a moment in the life of the world that needs this organization's wisdom and experience more than ever before," Ms. Tippett Said.
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ABOUT: The International Center for Religion & Diplomacy (ICRD) is a conflict transformation organization that seeks to elevate and integrate the role of multi-faith religious actors, institutions, and values in preventing and resolving violence.
Nadira Saraswati, ICRD