Building bridges, breaking down barriers by ProQuest


Participants were inspired by the story of keynote speakers pastor James Wuye and imam Muhammad Ashafa of Nigeria. The two religious leaders led opposing militia groups and lost loved ones and physical abilities in combat before being convicted by their faiths that forgiveness and peace are the paths revealed in both the Quran and the Bible. They now travel to communities marked by Muslim/Christian tension to tell their story of reconciliation and to facilitate conflict resolution in a vehicle emblazoned with the phrase, "Peace is divine."Imam Muhammad Ashafa and pastor James Wuye of Nigeria, seated, were the keynote speakers at the Inter-Collegiate Peace Fellowship Conference entitled "Building bridges, breaking down barriers: Religion's role in reconciliation," last month at Conrad Grebel University College.

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