After independence Africans were eager to disavow tribalism as divisive. I hope you’ll read through it and think about what peace means to you and how you can add more of it to your life and the lives of those around you. It has many channels of communicating this message: through traditional values and worldviews, rituals, social relations, and the increasing use of modern communication. 1. To get started, search the directory at GuideStar. [3] Mary Anderson, Do No Harm: How Aid Can Support Peace or War. The engagement Although not necessarily so, there are some aspects of religion that make it susceptible to being a latent source of conflict. Moix, "Faith and Conflict." Change Care Foundation is an international community-based non-profit, delivering humanitarian and development programs. 0000017779 00000 n Inspire us with the good news that your reign has come in the Christ child, and by your Holy Spirit it comes anew each day. ��(0� {� ��=������?��\C�FCh(0�����e����$ ���pG����1�Ғ@l.��� �D��K��pv=(���}��!G�@��K�j�Q�����̯� s����H)�7>���9�}�1��� All religions have their accepted dogma, or articles of belief, that followers must accept without question. Introduction Africa today suffers from what Kiogora (1993) refers to as … @5 ���$���>|̕��Ox����~e��N,�K�O��a`�_����ο������I�d!F���~.���zn�ݸ8X���h��d;d�(�������:Q�'_:�P?�~�}Kæ�k4 {N��4*�,��(�����O3�@΢k_4r�/�6��\��S6���ٳ���:�~Q����i}��T)$O�z�Eyv� Africa, the place of origin of all humankind, is divided into numerous political and cultural regions, reflecting its diverse range of histories, ethnicities, languages, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. %PDF-1.3 %���� We use capacity building to help reduce poverty in Africa. Introduction Africa today suffers from what Kiogora (1993) refers to as … This is the subject of the Conference on the Responsibility of Religions for Peace. A three-fold analysis can help practitioners capture and analyze the multiple ways religion and religious actors can contribute in peacebuilding processes: To understand the role that religious actors are likely to play, it is crucial to remember that "there is variety in all religion, in its forms, interpretations, practices, authorities; also in the existing religions in each country (which generally include both institutionalized churches and traditional religious actors). Indigenous African religions are by nature plural, varied, and usually informed by one’s ethnic identity i.e. John Ferguson, War and Peace in the World's Religion (New York: Oxford University Press, 1978); Homer Jack, ed. Religious beliefs may offer crucial intangible components of peacebuilding; Religious actors traditionally preform a certain number of social functions in the society that can be all the more important at the peacebuilding phase; and. 66. Treat all people with kindness, regardless of race, gender orientation, sexual orientation, religion, etc. At the same time, scripture and dogma are often vague and open to interpretation. The ultimate purpose of all religions is to serve and benefit humanity. ��Q…�r���$`5�"��a*�Deaj �n���(�-gqI�+%�)��$�OS�K>�������'�aU(�M��3������Y6��=aE� �{�f�YБi:&Q�:P�x���kF5�QSzg�4)����~�K�æ�� �!=ȰP4|����h'��'�x��Е}�n���-��M)�-���&��K�&�(L�y)] D��r�v�9�{��TT�r��%�]�TS�7�)�*zp(�{,b�$�M ��hetנ՜]]��8Z3D�0ub���"d1��NC��@�+�0n1�H!�R�g�f�k��AWB�6�����b��[Y�E� }9أb,�ے�)� This selection of studies edited by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) explores and analyses a number of case studies of faith-based […] Religion, however, can play an important role in peace-making and conflict prevention and resolution. 0000016644 00000 n This Ghanaian Adinkra symbol means \"except for God\" and symbolizes the supremacy of God. In addition, HPCR International and contributing partners are not responsible for the content of external publications and internet sites linked to this portal. Still today most violent conflicts contain religious elements linked up with ethno-national, inter-state, economic, territorial, cultural and other issues. What I would like to do is provide a perspective because Africa is a vast, vast continent—perhaps three times bigger than the U.S., so I'm not going to pretend to speak for the entire continent. With religion playing such an important role in the life of its believer, it carries the potential to guide their behavior into ethical streams. 0000008182 00000 n 0000002746 00000 n 0000016872 00000 n In South Africa, various churches were at the vanguard of the struggle against apartheid and the peaceful transition. God of peace, During this season of Advent, we watch for your coming reign of peace. What can the youth of Africa do to promote peace? Africa Conference of Churches mediated the short-lived 1972 peace agreement in Sudan. Since the awakening of religion, wars have been fought in the name of different gods and goddesses. 65. Attend a peace rally 3. BY SIPHAMANDLA ZONDI. The symbol can be found throughout Ghana. Religion is also often being blamed as a tool to mobilise people during conflicts. For example, the World Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches mediated the short-lived 1972 peace agreement in Sudan. 0000006107 00000 n Smock, Faith-Based NGOs and International Peacebuilding. African Traditional Religions In African Traditional Religions (ATR), people have deep and firm faith in the existence of a creator God who is unseen and is the nodal point of peace, social justice, and harmony. 0000018027 00000 n The Peacebuilding Initiative is an evolving project, which benefits from the knowledge and experience of its users. Religions don't really promote Peace but promote war. It is the most popular for decoration and can often be seen printed on cloth or stamped on pottery.The rapid spread of Pentecostal Christianity and fundamentalist Islam has greatly affected the role of indigenous religion in African society. 64. 0000006683 00000 n The report offers an overview of the relationship between religion and conflict and looks at the evidence on religion as both a driver of conflict and as a driver of peace. 12. Keywords: Africa, Kenyan Experience, African Traditional Religion, Justice, Reconciliation and Peace. They work in peace education and conflict prevention, in mediation and conflict resolution, in interreligious dialogue, in building networks of local leaders for peace, in post-settlement social reconstruction and trauma work, and in the academies and courts where human rights, including religious freedom, are given theoretical depth and cross-cultural grounding.44 Their agendas are therefore diverse and range from high-level mediation to grassroots level projects. We welcome you to submit a resource or document to the research team by emailing: pbi@hpcr.org. The test of this accountability must be whether we are serving justice and peace for all, since all are created and in equal need of justice and peace for their well-being, safety, and happiness. The Puzzling Case of Islam and Civil War, Religion and Conflict: Introduction: Towards a Religion of World Politics, The Role of Faith in Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution, Faith-Based NGOs and International Peacebuilding, Strategic Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation: The Catholic Contribution to Peace, Faith-Based Peace-Building: Mapping and Analysis of Christian, Muslim and Multi-Faith Actors, Religion, Reconciliation, and Transitional Justice: The State of the Field, "Traditional African and Religious Approaches to Reconciliation. Religion and Social Transformation in Africa: A Critical and Appreciative Perspective 3 these questions, we will first seek to develop a better grasp of religion as a major constituent of the worldview of African … Africa’s Response to the Challenge. Date: Wednesday November 8, 2017 Time: 12:30-14:00 Venue: Main Hall, Ecumenical Center, 1 Route des Morillons, Geneva, Switzerland Studies on conflict data show a sharp increase in conflicts with a religious dimension. This time the focus of the conference is set on these linkages. Christianity can promote peace quite simply. 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We believe that, rather than being a cause of the problem, religion can and should be a source of the solution for conflicts that exist in … 13. Elsanousi joined the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers 2014, and today Dr. Elsanousi works on themes including mediation and peacebuilding in Central African Republic, promoting religious freedom in Muslim majority countries and preventing violent radicalization, especially in the Middle East and North America. living religion in Africa cannot be ignored as Africa struggles with challenges facing it today. 0000002074 00000 n trailer <]>> startxref 0 %%EOF 259 0 obj<>stream Religion and Violence 1. There are past cases of mediation and peacemaking by religious leaders and institutions. Religious Wars. It has tried to shape the continental peace and security agenda and institutions, notably in support of an African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC). The Vice President, Ambassadors of Voice of Change Initiative Nigeria (AVCIN), Andy Chukwu has implored Nigerians to use ethnicity or religion to promote peace and unity in … Ibid. The International Day of Peace – a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples – is observed around the world on 21 September. 11. 67. Bouta, Kadayifci-Orellana, and Abu-Nimer, Faith-Based Peace-Building,39­-40. Religion is often depicted as a trigger factor in many conflicts. The African continent continues to be faced with the challenge of establishing peace and development. 0000013110 00000 n The traditional African religions or traditional beliefs and practices of African people are a set of highly diverse beliefs that includes various ethnic religions. So far, none of the conferences has yet had an explicit focus on the linkages between gender, peace and development. The content prepared by HPCR International is meant to summarize main points of the current debates and does not necessarily reflect the views of HPCR International or the Program of Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. This can lead to inflexibility and intolerance in the face of other beliefs. It is necessary to examine whether there are other peacebuilding strategies that can be adopted to complement existing efforts to promote peace on the continent. World Religions and World Peace: The International Inter-Religious Symposium on Peace (Boston: Beacon, 1968). living religion in Africa cannot be ignored as Africa struggles with challenges facing it today. Peacebuilding projects of faith-based organizations may very closely resemble peacebuilding by secular NGOs. 0000018414 00000 n God has given me a deep love and a burden for Muslims. Unity was postulated in a way that assumed a mythical homogeneity amidst diversity. Muslims should keep and promote peace and justice with all, including enemy, keep the greeting peace be unto you, and exercise tolerance. 0000001954 00000 n Marie Fitzduff, "Civil Society and Peacebuilding: The New Fifth Estate?" Keywords: Africa, Kenyan Experience, African Traditional Religion, Justice, Reconciliation and Peace. The Horn of African conferences have since its inception focused on issues related to peace, security and development. What can the youth of Africa do to promote peace? South Africa has also exercised its influence beyond the SADC peace architecture. It is the third most widespread organized Abrahamic religion in Africa after Christianity and Islam. Religion has a definite role to play in people's search for world peace. Motivated by a desire to help those less fortunate, many religious-based NGOs are involved in humanitarian assistance. If you are a member of a religious community, ask how you can get more involved in promoting peace through its programs and ministries. African Traditional Religions. Still, in religion there are no national boundaries. 0000012672 00000 n This paper examines African indigenou… Thus it can bridge the divide between ethnic groups that wouldn’t otherwise communicate with one another. �&�n��&N�q�f:�g�����!�1Q�^e^�T(� ~� 2�=�f�(@� }�օ endstream endobj 233 0 obj<>/Metadata 230 0 R/Pages 217 0 R/Type/Catalog/PageLabels 213 0 R>> endobj 234 0 obj<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]/Properties<>>>/ExtGState<>>>/Type/Page>> endobj 235 0 obj[/Separation/PANTONE#20293#20U/DeviceCMYK<>] endobj 236 0 obj<> endobj 237 0 obj<>stream It also helps that the ruling party is made has members of most religions practiced in the country. The best way to promote peace and unity within a country is for people to stop allowing controversial topics divide them. Religion connects with peace in four major ways: The ideas of human dignity and the common humanity of all, derived from the notion that all are created in the image of the Divine, are foundational to true peace. 0000002560 00000 n 69. In many parts of the world people from different religions live in peace and coexist without any conflict. where one’s family came from. The Interfaith Encounter Association is dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East through interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study. Religious representatives from around the world are coming to Berlin. How big data could anticipate violence and promote peace. x�b```��&@ (�������A������E�É�N (�#�(gT�J(�ķDC�����Fi?��u�T��0�8y�\�◔�r Unity was postulated in a way that assumed a mythical homogeneity amidst diversity. African traditional religions have been washed away, and especially with Christianity, they are viewed as pagan and heathen in nature. This time the focus of the conference is set on these linkages. 2. The Baháʼí Faith in Africa has a diverse history. The request for a contribution to justice and peace for all from religions actually corresponds to the idea of accountability to God or to holy texts. Write to your government (local and federal) 4. 0000006388 00000 n Since its creation in 2000, the United States Institute of Peace’s Religion and Peacemaking program has worked with local partners to promote religious peacemaking in many parts of the world, including Sudan, Nigeria, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines, and Indonesia. 0000017122 00000 n We know that the violence has had disproportionate effects on the lives of 0000010916 00000 n "18, In a peacebuilding process, this means that religions can contribute "by empowering the weak, by influencing the moral-political climate, by developing cooperation and providing humanitarian aid."43. Ja’fari” August 31, 2017 The most important thing is that in the new South Africa religion and spirituality are used to create greater understanding and harmony rather than to divide people as was done in the past. In African Traditional Religions (ATR), people have deep and firm faith in the existence of a creator God who is unseen and is the nodal point of peace, social justice, and harmony. How can religions promote peace – and what role do women play in this? 0000013221 00000 n Please see part 1 here and part 2 here. 62. Religion is often criticized for its role in fomenting tension and causing conflict, but the purpose of the Role of Religion in Building Peace panel was to highlight how it can be used to promote peace. Equip us to prepare the way for its coming by building relationships of goodwill among all people of every race, religion and language. 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Religion is often criticized for its role in fomenting tension and causing conflict, but the purpose of the Role of Religion in Building Peace panel was to highlight how it can be used to promote peace. ���R�=��xzX��/R{օ�\�Ȃ�Y7�N����;yͪ��@�}U,�w�4$3��M�,8��4j����N@ى�f�y�Ģ���{\[T�� �i�e�Μ�j�o�t͵�,SR��[������&�����7i�ھ ��\�����_��l�Q2��|V�b�:xZ#�w��^�:�|�$-�5 �N]T_�u�N�ۢ؀�G2YN�����.G�!��E��_T ���7 -,�@-�@-@g�EJf�:i|����-*os#���#3w�]�y�)�!������{���!.̏����Z�3R϶���Y� The moral principles and values contained in the teachings of great religious teachers are essential factors for the reduction and ultimate eradication of greed, hatred, and delusion—which form the root cause of various conflicts and wars, both within and without. 50 Ways To Promote Peace. At the end of a two-day conference this week, the religious leaders signed a declaration to promote peace and freedom of worship among all Sudanese communities and … Salvation in African religion ‘is not related to Christ, but to rituals which seek to promote fertility, fecundity, healing and other modes of being emblematic of cosmological harmony’.35 Oosthuizen is of opinion that African religion consists of five core components: (1) belief in a Supreme Being; (2) belief in lesser gods; (3) belief in spirits; (4) ancestral belief; and (5) the practice of magic and medicine, each with its own … Numerous peace initiatives have been launched on the continent. We believe that, rather than being a cause of the problem, religion can and should be a source of the solution for conflicts that exist in the region and beyond. In this regard, Islam has tremendous emphasis on … N�ע����Ry The role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding is complex, yet has often been depicted in binary terms. where one’s family came from. Religion, after all, is a powerful constituent of cultural norms and values, and because it addresses the most profound existential issues of human life (e.g., freedom and inevitability, fear and faith, security and insecurity, right and wrong, sacred and profane), religion is deeply implicated in individual and social conceptions of peace. 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