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From Local to Global

Peaceful coexistence: Cross-continental perspectives from South Africa and South Carolina

Date: March 27th at 12pm EST / 7PM SAST


We sincerely thank our partner Turquoise Harmony Institute in South Africa for coordinating a fascinating call on our "From Local to Global Series" The conversation we had on Peaceful Coexistence and learning from each other about the work all of us are doing was so refreshing that we hope this is just the beginning of some great international discussions. There was so much learned about each other in our breakout rooms that truly left us all wanting more.

Thank you to all that participated.



adrian birdDr. Adrian Bird has lived and worked in several diverse international countries, including Zimbabwe, India, the UK and the USA
Adrian currently works at Union Presbyterian Seminary, teaching courses in History, and Interfaith Relations, and served for three years as Chair of Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, working to build bridges of understanding with partners across the State.
Adrian has many published chapters and articles, and is the author of "M.M. Thomas and Dalit Theology”.




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Former Broadcast journalist Najma Khota pioneered woman's voices on radio. She is a counselling therapist and an integrative health practitioner. Najma practiced as a trauma counsellor at a private hospital.
She is currently the General Manager for the S&S global education initiative. She has served on the board of several community organizations. Najma is driven by her passion for social justice and equal rights.






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Catherine Fleming Bruce heads Tnovsa Global Commons, which focuses on preservation and culture. She chairs the newly formed National Coalition Delegation, a group of former delegates from around the US and abroad elected to the 2020 Democratic National Convention.The organization will support civic engagement on public policy, democratic institutions, and the US constitution.

Catherine is the author of ‘The Sustainers: Being, Building and Doing Good through Activism in the Sacred Spaces of Civil Rights, Human Rights and Social Movements. In 2017, she became the first Black author to win the University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Book Prize, awarded by their Center for Historic Preservation.

Bruce and her work have appeared in US News and World Report, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, The Post and Courier (SC) and South Carolina Public Radio.




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Fellow at Al Sharq Forum, Istanbul Turkey, Deputy Chairperson Common Action Forum, Madrid Spain. Columnist Middle East Monitor London, United Kingdom. Member of the Board Mail and Guardian, Johannesburg, South Africa.