12 Jul Written by  Administrator

Civil society partners church in fostering peace

Harare -- CIVIL society is implementing initiatives to foster peace and tolerance in the communities through partnership with the churches.

 

In a recent initiative in Harare’s Budiriro 2 suburb, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HRT) partnered the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) to host an annual choral competition which propagated the need for harmony, where nine churches were engaged.

Heal Zimbabwe Trust in a bulletin on Tuesday, July 10, said the initiative was part of a consistent, wide and deliberate strategy to thrust the church at the forefront of peace-building and inculcating tolerance in communities.

“The partnership is part of Heal Zimbabwe's strategy of building synergies with local community peace-building structures for the promotion of sustainable peace,” said HRT.

“The initiative will be  spread to other areas especially rural areas which are most affected by political polarization and intolerance acknowledging that churches can play a pivotal role in uniting communities.”

 

The deliberate event in Budiriro came at the backdrop of violent clashes between police and an apostolic sect accused of girl child abuse.

 

The fracas, which saw a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) journalist and policemen being assaulted and injured, sucked in Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) youths who later set a shrine on fire.

“The initiative comes against a backdrop of violent clashes in Budiriro in June between members of the Apostolic Sect and the police,” said Heal Zimbabwe.

The platform presented an opportunity for interaction and promotion of non violent resolution of community conflicts.

“Churches in the past have been used as mediums of conflict resolutions in communities but of late reports of intra and inter party conflicts have been reported hence the need to make strides towards bringing churches together as community torch bearers who champion peaceful coexistences amongst communities.”

 

Among the churches which participated were both the Budiriro fraternity and sorority of the CPCA Anglican church, Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, The Salvation Army, Reformed Church of Zimbabwe and United Church of Christ Zimbabwe.

 

The choral competitions are an annual contest where different churches that fall under the ZCC Budiriro community come together and compete in choral competitions aimed at fostering a culture of peace and tolerance in the community.

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