Religious Leaders

Please visit our Religious Engagement page to learn more about our work with communities of faith.

Plateau Will Arise: Consolidating an Architecture for Peace, Tolerance, and Reconciliation

This study is part of the 18-month project “Plateau Will Arise: Consolidating an Architecture for Peace, Tolerance, and Reconciliation” funded by the European Union with the objective of building local ownership of the peace architecture in the Plateau State to ensure its sustainability.

The evaluation used qualitative and quantitative data collection relying on a survey, interviews and focus groups. The survey noted great improvement in intergroup relations contributing to a climate of peace where over half of the men and women in the targeted populations report low levels of violence. Mutual greetings, joint football games, and faster responses to calls for help were among the examples given of improved relationships. One of the recommendations involves focusing activities on the unique safety concerns of women and teach women to address gender-based violence.

‘Making Peace’: Remarks by Sharon Rosen at the Sant’Egidio Annual Meeting

Sharon Rosen discussed the nexus between peace and communities of faith at Sant’Egidio’s Annual Summit.

Holy Sites: Safeguarding Places of Worship in Northern Nigeria

In Nigeria, we support key religious leaders who ensure the protection of holy sites as places for peace and reconciliation, rather than targets of acts of violence.

Religious Leaders Convene for the Protection of Holy Sites in Nigeria

On June 12-13, more than 50 religious leaders from the Nigerian Christian and Muslim communities met at our event in Abuja.

Accommodating Religious Identity in Youth Peacebuilding Programs

This toolkit presents an overview of how our programs engage, respect, and accommodate young people’s religious identities around the world, based on insights from Search for Common Ground staff and evaluations. The toolkit identifies positive outcomes and challenges from case studies in the field, examining the different types of programming engaging young people and their religious identities (inter-, intra-, and non-religious programming). A section with recommendations for incorporating gender sensitivities in religious peacebuilding follows, and the toolkits concludes with a review of practical religious considerations for designing and implementing programs. At the end of the toolkit, two appendices provide additional guidance on religious sensitivity in the program cycle and relevant resources for further reading.

We hope that sharing insights from programs in different locations and contexts will contribute to the efforts of Search and other peace practitioners to continuously improve practice in this area.

Participate in Search – Nigeria’s Photo and Video Essay Contest!

As part of our project on the protection of Holy Sites, we are launching a contest for Nigerian photographers and filmmakers.

Clerics seek protection of worship centers in the Northeast of Nigeria

Muslim and Christian leaders from the northeast have called for the adoption of the Universal Code of Conduct on the protection of holy sites and places of worship across the country.