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An Introduction to Peacebuilding and Religion

By Maria Rene Alegria

Religious peacebuilding is generally defined as “community-oriented processes that are relationship-centered and participatory” [1]. Religious peacebuilding has also been defined as peacebuilding done by religious actors [2]. A key notion to understand when to incorporate religion into peacebuilding or vice-versa, is that the peacebuilding methodologies are the same whether religion is included or not. Religion has the potential to break apart society or to manifest nonviolent methods to breach factors that contribute to the tensions of conflict.

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