Interfaith Dialogue
"Interfaith Dialogue"

Interfaith dialogue is another important area of peace building. Our dream as a school is for a violence-free generation. We are advocating for a zero tolerance on violence, but for a thing to happen then the area of interfaith dialogue should be taken seriously. The world cannot talk of total peace when the issues of religion are not taken seriously.  Today the statistics on violence or wars prove that the major factor causing wars is religion. Religious convictions can cause loss of life or prolonged wars and hate. We are living in a pluralistic world hence one cannot create a world of each religion, hence the need for religions to live in harmony. This religious space can be shared peacefully when people or adherents of different religious faith have learned to live in harmony. This is possible when people have reached the highest level of tolerance and management of difference.  One can recall the bloody crusades and the Islamic onslaughts in North Africa in the 12th century. Those bloody historic events were sanctioned and commissioned by religious practitioners in the name of defending religious convictions. One may think that interfaith dialogue is of less significance in Zimbabwe since it is a country predominantly Christian and with no records of religious wars or bloodshed, but alas that is a big fallacy. The verbal violence of Christianity towards African Traditional Religions and the silencing of minority religions is subject of concern for a peace builder. Interfaith dialogue involves respect of other people’s faith, philosophies, and fair sharing of religious space. It involves peaceful ways of winning people to one’s faith without forced proselytization. It involves removal of hate speech or action towards adherents of other religious traditions. It is a process that calls for epoche and eidetic intuition. How do people from different religious backgrounds negotiate their religious space without hurting each other? This space can be at educational institutions, work places, service deliveries, business, technology and social platforms. Failure to negotiate such a space results in religious wars. It is in this context that interfaith dialogue is taken as a serious component of peace-building for this school.