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James Paharik, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, traveled to Oregon over the summer and shared his research on Jerusalem with various groups.

Paharik met with representatives from the Garaventa Center at the University of Portland and has been invited in the spring 2010 (should this be 2011?) to give a formal presentation at the University.

He also addressed over 100 oblates of Mount Angel Abbey on the Benedictine approach to peacemaking.

“The abbot had read my book and thought that it would offer an example for Mount Angel of what I, as an oblate of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, have done to further the monastic community’s work for reconciliation and peace,” said Paharik. Paharik is the author of “The Long Journey: In Search of Justice and Peace in Jerusalem," which is a collection of 24 interviews with Israelis and Palestinians woven into nine essays.