Academic journal article The Ecumenical Review

Roots of Religious Violence in the Middle East

Academic journal article The Ecumenical Review

Roots of Religious Violence in the Middle East

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Since the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in the autumn of 2013, many players in the ecumenical movement have been lending support to "the pilgrimage of justice and peace"--to which all persons of good will were invited by the Message of that Assembly. Each year, a general theme is being explored and a geopolitical region emphasized as foci of the pilgrimage.

In 2016, the general theme for our pilgrimage is "religion and violence," and the geographical centre stage is being given over to the Middle East.

At the heart of this quarterly edition of Ecumenical Review is a series of articles that touch on both key topics of this conversation: the roots of religious violence in the Middle East.

Religion and violence in the Middle East will be discussed by the central committee of the WCC during their meeting at Trondheim, Norway in late June 2016, and in mid-October there will be a youth engagement in Cairo, Egypt on religion and violence, an interfaith initiative organized jointly by the World Council of Churches and the Egyptian Muslim Centre Al Azhar mosque and university. …

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