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Accompanying churches in situations of conflict

This project accompanies and equips churches for advocacy in countries where religion is being used to fuel conflict.
Accompanying churches in situations of conflict

A WCC team on a solidarity visit to Mozambique at a site where an unexploded bomb from the civil war was discovered.

Religious symbols and idioms are sometimes used to promote political interests, causing tensions and conflicts within communities where people of different religions have to live together. Christian communities are sometimes caught in the middle of such conflicts. Religious intolerance has a negative effect on today's increasingly pluralistic and interdependent societies.

This project accompanies churches faced with religious intolerance, discrimination and conflict, and advocates for inter-religious cooperation, human dignity, sustainable values and just relationships. It emphasizes those aspects in all religions that promote harmony among communities, that help people to live their individual faith with integrity while living together in mutual respect and mutual acceptance of each other's faiths.

In response to requests from member churches and national councils of churches, the project helps prepare communities in  countries where religions have been used to fuel conflict to prevent and deal with such conflicts.

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