Vatican II @ 50 is a series of programs recognizing the worldwide impact of the Second Vatican Council, convened 50 years ago in 1962 by the enormously influential Pope John XXIII. Among the great legacies of Vatican II are increased tolerance of other religious traditions, a celebration of people's growing of awareness human dignity, and a renewed perspective on sacred music and art. Vatican II @ 50 will address these and other important questions with lectures, concerts and conversations that focus on the common vision of Vatican II, the de Menils and the Rothko Chapel.
William Vendley is a pioneer in employing religious cooperation to resolve conflict. Vendley is the Secretary General of the World Conference for Religions of Peace (WCRP). He coordinates the activities and peacemaking projects in 70 countries and in five regions, including the Africa, Asia Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Religions for Peace is the world's largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action among the religious communities to stop war, address poverty and promote ecological stewardship.