Religions and faith based organizations have a major role to play in promoting a culture of peace, healing and reconciliation. A culture of peace and co-existence can be significantly enhanced by inter-religious cooperation.
With this in mind different religious groups in Ethiopia and Interfaith Peace-building Initiative have joined together to heighten their existing peace efforts in promoting a culture of peace and interfaith cooperation in the nation and established National Interfaith Peace Council in Ethiopia.
The Peace Council is established by representatives from Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Ethiopian Islamic Supreme Council, Ethiopian Catholic Church, Ethiopian Evangelical Mekane Yesus Church, the Baha'i Faith and Interfaith Peace-building Initiative. On July 24th, 2008 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by all parties at the office of IPI. It is also agreed by all parties that Interfaith Peace-building Initiative will serve as the coordinator of the newly established Peace council.
The purpose of the Council is to promote a culture of peace, improve interfaith cooperation, and to establish trust and good relationships, and help resolve conflicts in a peaceful way at the national level.
It was through the initiative and efforts of the Interfaith Peace-building Initiative (IPI), which brought the groups together, who have been discussing the establishment of this Council for some months.
Interfaith Peace-building Initiative is a registered NGO in Ethiopia with the aim of promoting interfaith cooperation, ending religiously motivated violence, and creating a culture of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. It is also a member of United Religions Initiative an international peace organization with NGO consultative status at the UN.
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