CIM

Center for Peacebuilding

Our way is peace

In 2013 CIM staff began a new project addressing the mistrust about “the other’s” religion through an Interreligious school. Through education about the four faiths present in CIM’s local community of Sanski Most (Islam, Orthodox Christianity, Catholicism, and Protestantism), individuals involved in the project will reduce their prejudices and increase their appreciation for both the peace-loving aspects shared by all religions as well as unique aspects special to one faith.

Initially planned for 20 high school-aged students from Sanski Most, so much interest was expressed by other community members that CIM decided to open the project to a broader group of individuals.  The planning phase of the project occurred during the  summer of 2013 – CIM has already conducted an initial survey to measure the attitudes and behaviors of individuals in Sanski Most regarding different faiths and, in response to our results, has developed the project curriculum accordingly.

The school classes will be held in earnest from fall 2013 through fall 2016, with a new group of individuals taking part each year. Each religious leader will teach once per month for the whole year on two themes: (1) the basics and core of their faith traditions and (2) their religions and peace (e.g. examples of peacebuilding and potential/resources for peace in their traditions). At the end of Interreligious School CIM will publish an electronic manual (curriculum) online. The extensive discussion and consideration of their own and other religious traditions will bring dozens of students to a better understanding of and consequent greater respect for each other.

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Today, the Center for Peacebuilding (CIM) stands on the former frontlines of the war, acting as a bridge between a past that few can currently discuss and a future where open dialogue can rehumanize the enemy and dispel the misinformation that acts as the seeds for hatred.

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