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The articles below are the most recent additions to the Interfaith Relations category of Africa InfoServ. To read an article, click on its title. To see more Interfaith Relations articles or to search a particular topic, click on Africa Archive. Articles marked with a magnifying glass ( Longer, analytical article. ) are longer, more analytical pieces.

Interfaith Relations focuses on dialogue between Christians and Muslims, on ecumenical relations, and on traditional African beliefs and practices in relation to Christianity in Africa. It is edited by Fr. Bernard Tremblay, M. Afr., who spent 24 years as a missionary in Zambia.

1. Longer, analytical article. Politics and religion: The ‘paradoxicals’- Tanzania
Author: Evans Rubara Date Written: 4 November 2015
Primary Category: Interfaith Relations Document Origin: Pambazuka News
Secondary Category: Eastern Region Source URL: http://www.pambazuka.net/en
Key Words: Politics, Religion, Citizenry, Responsibility

Summary & Comment: In Tanzania, as in the rest of Africa, God is ubiquitous in politics. The pronunciations of God on social and political issues that could be said to be primary responsibilities of the citizenry is confusing. Tying political outcomes to Providence is problematic as it deepens the passivity of citizens and absolves politicians of responsibility to th . . . [expand]
2. Christians and Muslims to work together in Nigeria
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

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 . . . [expand]
3. New research on religious radicalism in Côte d’Ivoire informs policy
Author: William Assanvo, contact Date Written: 25 June 2015
Primary Category: Interfaith Relations Document Origin: ISS Today
Secondary Category: Western Region Source URL: http://www.issafrica.org
Key Words: Cote d’Ivoire. radicalism, religion, practice,

Summary & Comment: ISS has produced a research report on the effects of the faith and practice of the radical wings on various religions, especially Christianity (Catholic and Evangelical) and Islam. Religious leaders and theologians must study this report and leaders must establish and popularize their positions and instructions on radicalism and its often violent . . . [expand]
4. Zambia: Church Cautions Politicians Against Tribal Politics
Author: Peter Adamu Date Written: 24 June 2015
Primary Category: Interfaith Relations Document Origin: Zambia Reports (Lusaka)
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http:// http://allafrica.com/stories/
Key Words: Zambia, politics, faith, tribalism.

Summary & Comment: "The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) has admonished politicians that have continued to peddle tribal politics. EFZ Executive Director Pukuta Mwanza laments that this is retrogressive to efforts being made in fighting the vice." This call is ever needed, not always heeded but progress is being made, including within the churches. JK
5. Letter to Uganda’s Religious Leaders
Author: Moses Khisa Date Written: 29 May 2015
Primary Category: Interfaith Relations Document Origin: The Observer (Kampala)
Secondary Category: Eastern Region Source URL: http://allafrica.com/
Key Words: Uganda, prophecy, religious leaders, convictions. political life.

Summary & Comment: This `Opinion Letter’ is from Moses Khisa (a Ugandan) who is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Northwestern University, Evanston/Chicago] . He gives a prophetic challenge to religious leaders in a polite and respectful way, yet able to penetrate to their hearts. He invites them to do in their mosques and churches what he is doing here- "to sp . . . [expand]
6. Angola Shuts Eight Churches After Deadly Clashes With Sect
Author: Bloomberg Business Date Written: 30 April 2015
Primary Category: Interfaith Relations Document Origin: Bloomberg
Secondary Category: Angola Source URL: http://www.bloomberg.com
Key Words: Angola, 8 Christian churches, closures sects, deaths .

Summary & Comment: Angolan authorities shut eight church groups and declared them illegal two weeks after police clashes with a religious sect that may have left hundreds of people dead... Groups in the province that have been closed include the United Pentecostal Church, Hope Evangelical Church in Angola, the Pentecostal Community of Jesus Christ in the World, New J . . . [expand]
7. Africa: At UN, Religious and Political Leaders Weigh Strategies to Stem Rising Tide of Intolerance, Extremism
Author: UN News Service Date Written: 21 April 2015
Primary Category: Interfaith Relations Document Origin: UN News Service
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://www.un.org
Key Words: Violence, extremism, faith, intolerance, racism,

Summary & Comment: "Opening a two-day high-level meeting on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation, Fostering Peaceful, Inclusive Societies and Countering Violent Extremism., General Assembly President Sam Kutesa said 2015 is a year of hope as the world formulates a new development agenda...We must condemn all manifestations of intolerance, including anti-Semiti . . . [expand]

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