The Kenyan Standard Digital published an article that featured an approach to identity-based conflict and religious radicalism presented by Dr. Hyun Jin Moon, Chairman of the Global Peace Foundation, at Global Peace Convention 2013 held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
The article entitled, “Fanatics blamed for inter-faith conflicts” cited images of the Westgate Mall terrorist attacks on September 21, 2013 as a chilling reminder of the real and close threat of radicalism not just Africa, but around the world.
Dr. Moon made a compelling case for religious cooperation centered on universal principles and values to counter divisive sectarianism. He observed that political and diplomatic approaches have been limited when confronting the complex and wide-spread nature of identity-based conflict.
“The threat of sectarian extremism will never be resolved by political or economic means alone. A true and lasting resolution must be rooted in faith, expressed through practical spirituality.”
Two emerging African models of such cooperation are in Kenya and Nigeria. Dr. Chandaria, Chairman of Global Peace Foundation Kenya and CEO of Comcraft Group described GPF’s work in Kenya. After the post-election violence in 2007-2009, GPF worked with the leadership of former President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minsiter Raila Odinga to create national unity through volunteer and civic engagement and character education initiatives. GPF’s efforts have been credited for securing peaceful elections in 2013.
In Nigeria, the Global Peace Foundation is rallying with Christian pastors and Muslims Imams to push back against religious radicalism by promoting social cohesion based on the vision that all humanity, not matter their religion, nationality, race or culture is One Family Under God.
Standard Digital cited these two examples of practical expressions of spirituality that is bringing peace in a real way.
Read the report on www.globalpeace.org.