Specifically, the seminar introduced and elaborated eight core values that constitute reconciliation as a moral vision: Pluralism, Inclusion, Peacemaking, Social Justice, Forgiveness, Healing, Sovereignty and Atonement. Beyond understanding reconciliation as a moral vision, the seminar sought to help participants develop the necessary skills to be agents of transformation. The choice of Muslim community leaders and Evangelical Christians was meant to help build bridges of understanding and joint action that are founded on the Abrahamic moral vision.
The leader and main instructor of the seminar was Rev. Brian Cox, Rector of Christ the king Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, California and senior Vice President of ICRD. Rev. Cox is a trained mediator and an ordained Priest since 1975. He is one of the pioneer practitioners of faith based diplomacy, integrating the spiritual and political dimensions in international conflict resolution.
Beside community leaders and Evangelical Christians, senior executives from ICRD and IIIT including Steve Hays, John Sandoz from ICRD and Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Dr. Hisham Altalib and Dr. Abubaker al-Shingeiti from IIIT participated in the seminar. Both organizations plan to continue the reconciliation seminars with wider participation from diverse groups.