David L. Hoffman
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  • Santa Rosa, CA
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  • Professional legal researcher;…
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Jonathan Barsness and David L. Hoffman are now friends
Jun 27, 2012
David L. Hoffman replied to Corinne Trescher's discussion Experts and/or resources regarding culture, identity and nationalism in post-soviet countries
"Dear Ms. Trescher, I am not sure whether you already have this information, but one valuable source of contemporary reportage on the Caucasus is the Caucasus Reporting Service of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting…"
Jun 18, 2012
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Jun 17, 2012
David L. Hoffman commented on Jonathan Barsness's blog post Reinterpreting Terrorism
"Responses to exaggerated and misplaced charges of "terrorism" are the rationale for a great deal of state terrorism - which overall is more destructive and horrific than insurgent violence, whether "terrorist" or other. …"
Jun 16, 2012
David L. Hoffman liked Jonathan Barsness's blog post Reinterpreting Terrorism
Jun 16, 2012
David L. Hoffman commented on Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D.'s blog post Critical Peace Education and Conflict Transformation
"Cheryl, I hope to be collaborating with a group of youth and parents (including myself) in Sonoma County, California to develop and implement strategies addressing the neglect and criminalization of our young people.  If this effort goes…"
Apr 23, 2012
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International Conference on Transforming Conflict: Sharing Tools for Cross-Cultural Dialogue at Middle East

July 21, 2011 at 6pm to July 24, 2011 at 7pm
At a time of unprecedented transformation in the Middle East,bringing together best practices and successful models for Compassionate, Cooperative, and PeacefulRelationships Within and Between CommunitiesJuly 21-24, 2011 ~ Amman, JordanA Multi-disciplinary, Multi-cultural Conference empowering the individual in society with effective, collaborative skills in dialogue, interpersonal communication, teamwork, leadership, decision making, negotiation, problem solving, mediation, conflict…See More
Jun 10, 2011
shyam tosawad left a comment for David L. Hoffman
"Dear friend a living life is life weather it is human being or any other life life is life as important as our life others are too same important.i dont understand much for religion but our awarness realisation compassion for all life may bring…"
Apr 6, 2009

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
My present activism is in the areas of faith-based and interfaith peace and reconciliation, with a particular emphasis on Islam. My own Faith is Evangelical Christian. I differ from many Evangelical Christians, in that I believe non-Christian Faith traditions, worship and teaching also lead to communion with God and to unity with the Creator's sacred, just and compassionate will. I now worship most frequently with Quaker and Muslim congregations.

I also consider myself a democratic, decentralist Marxist. At other times in my life I have held anarchist, atheist and agnostic views, and have been a seeker in many other spiritual traditions.

In my present activist work I support, and sometimes try to create, interfaith peace and human rights initiatives uniting Muslims and non-Muslims, and promote related theoretical and political scholarship and discussions.

My past activism has included anti-poverty work, labor union and farmworker support, anti-war and nuclear disarmament work, and community co-op organizing. I have a law degree, and have practiced in the areas of disability rights, worker-side employment and trade union law, and criminal appeals. I am not currently practicing law.
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individual (professional)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
My only direct political experience is within the U.S. My understanding of people and societies outside the US is based on scholarship, not direct experience.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Professional legal researcher; Volunteer interfaith peace and reconciliation advocate
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Democratization, Education, Humanitarian Relief, Peacebuilding, Psychosocial
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Faith based peacemaking and human rights theory and advocacy.

Muslim world human rights.

(Christian) liberation theology and its non-Christian equivalents.

Social ethics.

Religious history and comparative religion.

Genocide and related studies.
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
I publish the Humanity Check interfaith peace and reconciliation eMail bulletin. Recent Humanity Check bulletins can be viewed at the Humanity Check listserve.

For a direct subscription, eMail a request to humanitycheck@earthlink.net. Place the word "SUBSCRIBE" in the subject line of your email.

(Subscription is free. Readers are welcome to subscribe or unsubscribe at any time.)

David L. Hoffman's Blog

Whose is the Blasphemy? Balkan anti-Muslm atrocities, committed in the name of Christ.

Posted on July 30, 2007 at 2:25pm 0 Comments

Whose is the Blasphemy?
In Bosnia,
Ethnic Europians Inflict Atrocities
on Muslims and on One Another…

Muslim religious leaders: Religious linkage with violence is blasphemous; Ancient Hindu avatars were Divinely anointed prophets.

Posted on July 29, 2007 at 4:37pm 0 Comments

This post contains three items

1) "Holy Names and Militant Outfits"

Islamic Voice

April, 2006

2) "Dalai Lama Delinks Religion from Terror"…


A Palestinian Muslim Comments on Christian Fundamentalism

Posted on July 28, 2007 at 6:39am 0 Comments

The attached article critically examines U.S. Christian fundamentalism and its impact on U.S. politics and foreign policy.
Author Azmi Bishara is a prominent Palestinian rights activist and member of Israel's Knesset (parliament).…

Is our faith a source of hope and strength, or of avoidance and distraction?

Posted on July 28, 2007 at 5:26am 0 Comments

The Millenial Dilemma
What hope and strength do Judaism, Christianity and Islam offer us, for these frightening and desperate times?
Each of the Abrahamic faiths offers a millenial vision: Whether it is the Jewish Messiah,…

An Unorthodox Application of Religious Orthodoxy

Posted on July 28, 2007 at 4:25am 0 Comments

An Unorthodox Application of Religious Orthodoxy
David L. Hoffman
As an evangelical Christian, I understand that I am to search out and obey the leading of the Spirit of Christ -- which is the compassionate face of God. To invite that spirit of divine compassion and truth to inhabit my…

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At 2:24pm on April 6, 2009, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
a living life is life weather it is human being or any other life life is life as important as our life others are too same important.i dont understand much for religion but our awarness realisation compassion for all life may bring peace non vilance and universal brotherhood.atrocity,crim haterd,violance so many things happened in histry but there isa a histry of love,tollerence,compssion fpr each other this is things to remember and follow the path for peace and universal brotherhood.
At 4:37pm on February 3, 2009, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
Violance,war,conflicts,sufferings my desire to see world in peace and non violance has motivated me to join this network."Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world as a family, this was a teaching of our culture and traditional.we created countries,boundries,religions,cast,race for a genuine reason or a false reasons for any reason.but this the time to realise that we are one and we naturaly interconected with each other ,which we can just realise by watching inhale and exhale of breaths the source is same ,without any descrimanation,religion,bonundries, equaly for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equaly important,valuble ,respectable .we should follow the nature's rule ,non violance .peace ,god has given us a human life not for destruction but for lookafter the wellbeing of all living life.
i shall be happy if you could include me in your circle of friends
At 8:37pm on December 26, 2007, John Wilmerding said…
Hi David! Nice to see your profile in this site!
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At 2:10am on July 29, 2007, Alana Lea said…
I was living in Alaska at the time, but they flew me back to Seattle to lead sacred music and dance during their "Masks of God" program in 1991. I led sessions of interfaith dances in the Cathedral itself, including in liturgy. It was a sublime experience...
At 7:57pm on July 28, 2007, Alana Lea said…
Hi David, fancy meeting you here! Yes, it was St. Mark's in Seattle... Shlama, Salaam, Shalom... Alana

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