Living Side by Side ™ is a model training experience developed and tested over three decades, that fosters inter-ethnic, racial and religious understanding among youths facing troubled circumstances in countries that have experienced recent strife. It builds capacity for local organizations and their staff for a sustainable and enduring effect. The program features complete lesson plans, manuals for facilitators and custom training services.
Religion and Society: A Dialogue U.S. and Indonesian– DVD and Study Guide are results of a two year- two way exchange between scholars and community leaders in Indonesia and the United States.
Islam and Democracy: A Foundation for Ending Extremism, written by Legacy’s Founder and President, J.E. Rash. This book was created as part of the program Religion, Human Rights & Democracy: Peer Interactions between Religious and Civic Leaders in the U.S. and in Kazakhstan.
“Islam and Democracy is a timely myth-breaker for an era where Islam is often mis-perceived as intolerant, extreme and inherently undemocratic while chauvenistic assertions of the superiority of Western democracy are made too often and too unreflexively by European and North-American ideologues.”
Community-building is a dynamic process performed on many levels. “Legacy International addresses the human dimension of community-building — creating a tangible sense of community among the groups of people whom we serve; giving them tools to carry back to their colleagues at home. As a consequence, the human dimension of community-building is undertaken quite consciously, at times making a difference in the degree of success in an endeavor.” Some of the understandings that have come through this work are presented in this document.