Monday 26 May 2008

Member Care and Human Rights--5

Religious Peacebuilding
Rights and Resonsibilities

"Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world..." Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

"An arresting aspect of the growing fascination with the role of religion in global politics is the effort to show that however much religion may contribute to violence, intolerance and discrimination, that is not its only function. Alongside the expanding number of studies purporting to demonstatrate the perverse influence of religon on civil war, terrorism, illiberal nationalism, and the like, there emereges a contrasting set of studies endeavoring to exhibit a more constructive, irenic, and tolerant side to the political and diplomatic contributions of religious individuals and groups. Such accounts are commonly described as examples of "religious peacebuilding."

Foreword by David Little, Harvard University,
For all Peoples and All Nations: Christian Churches and Human Rights
(2002, p. ix) by John Nurser.

Reflection and Discusion
**Can there ever be true peace without recognising human rights?
**How are our faith-based member care practitioners, mission/aid workers, and sending groups contributing to "religious peacebuilding"?
**How do faith-based groups build peace in a way that fits with both their values and the values of the people who receive their services?
**Respond to these assertions:
Good practice in member care promotes both truth and peace.
Truth and peace are foundational for authentic relationships and for real love.

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