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Christians and Muslims to work together in Nigeria

Summary & Comment: The meeting was held at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, 27 to 28 September.The centre is intended to act as an impetus for healing and reconciliation in Nigeria, given the recent incidents of conflict in the country. The governance, management and programme of the centre are intended to model Nigerian Christians and Muslims working together on issues of concern to all Nigerians... the centre will work on supporting victims of violence who are suffering from trauma, with a particular focus on women and young people". JK

Author: World Council of Churches Date Written: 29 September 2015
Primary Category: Interfaith Relations Document Origin: WCC News, via Bernard Tremblay
Secondary Category: Western Region Source URL: http://www.oikoumene.org
Key Words: Nigeria, Christian muslim centre, dialogue, healing, violence

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Attendees shared their vision for the work of the centre, which is intended to act as an impetus for healing and reconciliation in Nigeria, given the recent incidents of conflict in the country. The governance, management and programme of the centre are intended to model Nigerian Christians and Muslims working together on issues of concern to all Nigerians.

The evocative phrase “In the sandals of the other” was proposed as a descriptive title for the centre. In the first year of its operation, the centre will work on supporting victims of violence who are suffering from trauma, with a particular focus on women and young people. It will also share examples of people working together to support each other across religious boundaries, as well as beginning substantial data collection.

Participants of the meeting included Dr Khalid A Abubakar, Ms Lamya Al-Khraisha, Dr Clare Amos, Dr Usman Muhammad Bugaje, Mr Sulayman Hart, Dr Gina Lende, Rt Rev. Prof Emele Mba Uka, Rev. Dr Yusuf Ibrahim Wushishi, Dr Yakubu Joseph and Ms Marietta Ruhland.

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http://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/wcc-programmes/interreligious-dialogue-and-cooperation/in-the-sandals-of-the-other-2013-christians-and-muslims-working-together-in-nigeria/

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC, said, “Muslims and Christians can, through this initiative, hear each other’s stories, share each other’s pain, and begin to heal. This centre is a significant common project for Muslims and Christian leaders in Nigeria and a pioneering work in inter-religious encounter.”
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