William Vendley

Dr. William F. Vendley is the Secretary General of Religions for Peace International, the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace by working to advance multi-religious consensus on positive aspects of peace as well as concrete actions to stop war, help eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth.

William is a pioneer in advancing multi-religious cooperation to help resolve conflict and advance development and has facilitated the establishment of multi-religious councils around the world. He has advanced multi-religious efforts to prevent conflicts, mediate among warring parties and heal societies in the aftermath of violence in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Iraq and many other countries. He is convinced that multi-religious efforts for peacemaking provide unique strengths that complement those marshaled by governments and bodies like the United Nations.

William is a theologian. He has served as Dean of the Doctor of Ministry of Arts in Theology program and Master of Arts in Theology Program at Catholic Major Seminary, Huntington, Long Island, where he also taught Systematic Theology. He has also served as an Assistant and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theology at Maryknoll School of Theology, Maryknoll, New York, where he developed training modules for cross-cultural theological education and lectured in philosophy and religion.

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Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home (edX)

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