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Job Opportunity in Interfaith Dialogue in Nigeria 1 September , 2012

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UMass Boston’s Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development ( and Public Conversations Project (PCP: are pleased to announce a major initiative to support the conflict resolution work of the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) of Kaduna, Nigeria (see  We seek a Program Manager to assist IMC in coordinating the day-to-day operations of UMass Boston and PCP under the supervision of IMC leadership, and to support IMC operations if requested.  The Program Manager will be responsible for delivering services, consulting with staff and serving as primary liaison between IMC and PCP/UMass.  The role of the Program Manager is to ensure coherence among the international partners and the sustainability of their support efforts, and to help UMass better understand the daily working and needs of IMC.  The Program Manager will be responsible for assisting the PCP Project Director with delivering training in Reflective Structured Dialogue while he is in country, and will continue to monitor and support PCP dialogue initiatives when the PCP Project Director is not in Nigeria.  The Program Manager will also work with the UMASS Principal Investigator to oversee UMass Graduate Student teams while they are in Nigeria, including the gathering of monitoring and evaluation data.  Lastly, the Program Manager will also work with UMass and PCP in the development of as early warning system, and assist in developing the network in the field.

Consequently, the ideal candidate will have several years experience in Reflective Structured Dialogue and other conflict resolution methods, interfaith peacebuilding work, project management skills, and have lived in Africa.  Candidates with strengths in several of these areas are encouraged to apply, but conflict resolution experience is required, preferably with a Masters degree or higher in a relevant discipline.

Interested candidates please email your CV to both Prof. Darren Kew ( and Dave Joseph ( as soon as possible.  Further information about the project can also be provided on request.

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Interfaith News Brief August 2011 2 August , 2011

Dhaka: International interfaith workshop in Bangladesh affirms diversity 

Twenty-four participants and six facilitators from Nine countries gathered at the YMCA Training Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from July 9 to 24, 2011, for the interfaith workshop, “Dialogue in Diversity” hosted by the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh and conducted by Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF), a joint program of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) in Hong Kong and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The participants included Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians from Cambodia, India, Laos, Pakistan and Thailand as well as Bangladesh. For the first time, an ICF program also included people from outside of Asia as seven participants from the YMCA in England took part as increasingly people of different faiths are finding themselves living in the same community, such as in Bradford.

On 9 July opening programme was chaired by Mr. Babu Markus Gomes, President of the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh and Father Benjamin Costa, CSC, Principal of the Notre Dame College was present as a chef guest. Max Ediger, Bruce Van Voorhis from ICF and Jose Varghese from APAY were attended as organizers. In the concluding ceremony Kohei Yamada, General Secretary of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) attended as a Chief Guest.




An Interfaith Generation Unwilling to Wait 13 July , 2011

When religious tension between Muslims and Christians rocked northern Nigeria on January 8th of this year, the refrain of religiously fueled violence sounded so much like it had before. The ‘other’ was at fault for the problems of a region, country, and world. But when the tensions boiled over and violence broke out, resulting in burning down of churches and mosques and the death over 100 people, the response was profoundly different.

This time, young volunteers from World Faith Nigeria took action. Responding to a distress call, they rescued seventy-two passengers from a bus that was set on fire by young attackers.  On both sides were young adults taking action. But this time one set of young adults was responding to save lives and, ideally, prevent future violence.

Nigeria, like many countries around the world, hosts interfaith dialogues marked by the convening of religious leaders to counter acts of violence.  While this work is groundbreaking and necessary, it alone is not enough to turn the trends of religious violence. Violence perpetrated by youth can best be countered by equally motivated youth working toward the greater good.

World Faith helps answer the challenge of engaging young people internationally who have the potential to either cause or resolve inter-religious tensions.  Mobilizing religiously diverse youth to engage in community service projects in conflict-prone regions, World Faith enables local youth leaders to address the local needs of their communities and resolve underlying sources of strife — which are often economic or social rather than religious. World Faith has chapters in nine countries and is continuing to rapidly expand.



Enthusiastic Students Joins World Faith YOUPEDA Nigeria 2 May , 2011

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Enthusiastic Students Joins World Faith YOUPEDA Nigeria The Kaduna State University in North West Nigeria welcomed and witnessed the YOUPEDA World Faith mini congress for the first time and for the inaugural interfaith meeting and student’s mini congress held on the 25th day of March 2011. This mini congress launched the interfaith community group in Kaduna state university to maintain interfaith coexistence among the students. The mini congress held targeted two objectives; first it was used to inaugurate the World faith chapter and to educate the students to shun violence, conflicts and religious intolerance during elections and after elections of 2011. Obi Peter, the National Director of World Faith Nigeria stated the objectives and mission of
World Faith and urged enthusiastic students to be peace agents in university community and outside communities at all times; using their active energy and strength to volunteer for peaceful and fundamental co existence of religions in the school and the state; especially during the elections. Some of the outcome of the mini congress includes the official induction of 15 KSU volunteers both male and female, the appointment of Akufai Jonah, George, Bilkisu Yusuf, Hauwa Saliu and others both Muslims and Christian as
key campus overseer volunteers. Every Tuesday of every week were selected as enthusiastic days for meetings and community service contribution by the students. Students were urged to tolerate each others religion and not criticize any one.


Chapter Report: World Faith Nigeria and the Jos Crises of January 2011 4 February , 2011

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Members of World Faith Nigeria experienced the height of the Christian-Muslim conflict in Jos, Nigeria. While witnessed heartbreaking violence inflicted upon many Ibgo and other Christians in the area , they were able to offer some relief. On January 8th, members of World Faith Nigeria responded to a distress call and joined the State Task Force commander and Brig. General Hassan Umaru in rescuing seventy-two passengers from a passenger bus that had been set on fire by attackers.


The violence continued until the next morning when five men were arrested and taken to State Task Force (STF) headquarters. On the 10th, World Faith Nigeria eyewitnesses saw the death of Albert Nanmiep and the injuring of another young man as they were protecting the St. Gabriel Catholic Church.

We will continue to keep in touch with World Faith : Nigeria and hope for a peaceful end to this violence.

Alao-Akala Calls for Religious Tolerance 2 February , 2011

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Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State has called for mutual cooperation among all Nigerians in the effort to nip the raging sectarian crises in some parts of the country in the bud.

The governor made this call in Ibadan on Tuesday while delivering his address at the quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) meeting, held at Mapo Hall, Ibadan.

Mr Akala warned against allowing the effect of the crises to truncate the new democratic session and diminish the reputation the country has built for itself over the last few years.

“By slowing religious and communal strives to scuttle democracy and good governance, our avowed commitment to freedom at all levels will be a fluke,” he said.



Nigerian Observer (via Religions For Peace):Win Woos Women For Peace, Sustainable Development 26 January , 2011

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BENIN CITY – Nigerian women have been admonished to rise up to the challenges of maintaining world peace and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which form the basis for resolving most of the issues affecting women and children in the 21st century.

Mother Maria Ifechukwu Udorah gave the admonition while speaking at a one-day seminar heldweekend in Benin City by Nigerian Women of Faith, a subsidiary of Africa Women of Faith Network and an offshoot of World Religions for Peace.

The seminar which was designed to inculcate the spirit of religious tolerance among Christian and Muslim women, had as its theme: “Peace: The way forward.” READ MORE


Brad Hirschfield On Faith: Religion Must Fix What it Breaks 6 January , 2011

“Sadly, those who appreciate how toxic a role religion plays in global conflicts are often the most resistant to embracing the constructive capacity of those very same traditions in addressing the conflicts. Simultaneously, those who devoutly embrace a given tradition too often become apologists who refuse to acknowledge and address the damage done by significant numbers of those who share their faith.”   READ MORE