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September We are bombarded on a nearly daily basis with news stories that portray religion as a cause of seemingly intractable conflict the world over.
Some, in fact, trace the view of religion as a source of conflict all the way back to the religious wars that ravaged seventeenth century Europe. This contribution is often overlooked, in part, because the secular media rarely pays attention to the role of religious peacemakers because their work is often not dramatic enough.
This essay explores some of the ways in which religion has played a positive role in mitigating conflict and offers brief profiles of a few such organizations. Motivated by a desire to help those less fortunate, many religious-based NGOs are involved in humanitarian assistance.
The desire is to relieve suffering, whether due to natural disaster or man-made calamity. Many are also engaged in longer-range development projects. At times, however, these projects have the unintended consequence of creating or exacerbating conflict.
Humanitarian assistance programs can also help peace by promoting poverty reduction and addressing economic inequality. They may also support the development of civil society organizations that provide venues for peaceful participation and conflict management. A few prominent examples include the following.
American Jewish World Service [ http: In doing so, it draws upon notions of social justice in Jewish tradition. At present, it makes grants to hundreds of grassroots organizations around the world and hundreds of volunteers participate in projects each year.
Catholic Relief Services [ http: Inspired by the Gospel tradition, Catholic Relief Services aims to assist the poor and disadvantaged in pursuit of justice.
It does so both through direct assistance and in supporting the development of local capacity. Catholic Relief Services has a global network of offices in nearly countries around the globe.
Mercy Corps [ http: It also supports the development of sustainable communities through assistance in areas such as agriculture, economic development, health, housing, infrastructure, as well as capacity-building amongst local organizations.
The organization also spearheads efforts to manage conflict peacefully and encourage citizen participation and accountability. World Vision [ http: It does so primarily at the community level.
Some religious figures have been able to use their positions of authority to work toward peace and to forward the cause of justice. As respected members of society, individual national religious leaders have often been at the forefront of efforts to deny impunity and bring an end to fighting.
For instance, local bishops have served as mediators in civil wars in Mozambique, Burundi, and Liberia. The All Africa Conference of Churches [ http:I think love is when you feel nervous, but not nervous, and the way that the person makes you feel, like a different feeling.
Somtimes you hate this feeling because it's new, and want to push it away, but then you realize that you kind of miss that feeling and wish to feel it again, and always want's to be near that person and feel this feeling. According to Lederach, reconciliation combines peace, justice, mercy, and truth (Lederach ).
Reconciliation processes that do not pay adequate consideration to all four elements are found lacking. Jesus' message of nonviolent enemy love is not only moral, but pragmatic. Whereas Rauschenbusch’s pacifism is rooted in his analysis of those in power, in Jesus and the Disinherited Thurman advocates nonviolence as a strategy of survival for the powerless.
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The servants of the All-merciful are those who walk in the earth modestly and who, when the ignorant address them, say, ‘Peace’.
(Q ) Fight them, and God will chastise them at your hands and degrade them, and He will help you against them, and bring healing to the breasts of a people who believe.