Every religion displays an inclination toward peace through its leaders and thinkers. This can be seen by the number of religious actors who have played a role in resolving conflicts in different parts of the world. Catholic religious leaders have played a leading role in mediating conflicts in Africa, Asia and Latin America. An Iman and a pastor from Nigeria inspire communities to forgive and foster co-existence. There are many other examples. Although there is evidence of religious commitment to peace, the reverse also is true (see Toft et al., 2011). While some believers innovatively use religious resources in promoting peace, others engage in atrocious activities that have led to religious bigotry in the world. Violent attacks by groups such as Al Shabaab and Boko Haram attest to how religion can motivate individuals to engage in violence and cause division in society. This article intends to highlight joint initiatives for peace by religious groups that are more relevant today than ever. The author, drawing on her experience with interreligious action projects for peace in Africa, will outline what is necessary for interreligious action to contribute to peace and social cohesion in society.
"Interreligious Action as a Force for Peace,"
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