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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008 12:00 am

Marcie Lee of Tempe, an Arizona State University faculty associate, recently participated in a citizen exchange of seven academicians and theologians from ASU, Phoenix religious communities and Bosnia-Herzegovina titled "Faith Communities and Civil Society." The program was supported by an ongoing grant from the U.S. State Department to the ASU Melikian Center of Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies. One aspect of the program was to explore applications of religious diversity in both Bosnia-Herzegovina and the United States.

When I first heard the cruel words coming out of the mouth of a speaker I knew and whose reconciliation work I respected, the pain forced me to conclude that the interpreter had mistranslated. Surely the speech I was listening to on building peace in postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of the 10-day conference in June on "Faith Communities and Civil Society" did not contain hateful words.

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