11. May 08 - 16. May 08

Religions: instruments of peace or causes of conflict?

Ecumenical Institute Bossey, Switzerland


The consultation will try to understand the dynamics of religion both as an instrument of peace and a weapon for volence and to practically apply this wisdom in overcoming conflicts. It will provide an analytical and experiential space to:

·         Understand the promotion, use, contributions and justifications of both peace and violence in religious contexts;

·         Deconstruct and dissociate the pathology of violence from the core principles of religions;

·         Discern ways to overcome the application of violence in the context of religion in society; and

·         Reiterate the core values of love, compassion, peace, justice and harmony - values that are at the foundations of religions.


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To download the statement adopted during the consultation, click here.