Christian Study
Centre

Interfaith harmony and peace-building programmes

Peaceful Co-existence among Religious Communities (2017-2019)

The increased level of religious intolerance and violence worldwide as well as within Pakistan increases the need for genuine Christian-Muslim dialogue that will lead to a deeper understanding of and respect for each other's faith. This is the third phase of the project and the focused areas are;

Samundri, Tandilawala, Jaranwala and Jhumra from Dist. Faisalabad, Tehsils Nankana Sahib and Gojra and Toba Tek Singh. The project works with partner organizations, religious leaders, opinion makers, lawyers, intellectuals, journalists, local administration, parliamentarians, women and youth. The project hopes to develop peaceful co-existence through collaborative efforts. Last year alone (2016) the project carried out 80 activities, not including the multi activities implemented by our partners.

Promoting Peacebuilding among Religious and Community Leaders in Pakistan (Oct 2014-Sept 2017)
This project aims to build a pluralistic and harmonious Pakistan in which religious and community leaders actively take initiatives to promote interfaith harmony within their communities. The project focuses on different areas of Rawalpindi e.g. Lalkurti, Dhok Illahi Baksh and Shamsabad where different religious communities have been living together since long. The project has three networks from people of all faiths, Bhai’s, Chrisitans, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs from different walks of life.

Developing a Culture of Peace & Harmony (Apr 2015 – March 2018)
The project works to promote peacebuilding through the peacebuilding tool of 'Composite Heritage'. It focuses on the cultural aspect of peace and how we can promote it by using various cultural forms. The tool is used to bind people across religious divides. People feel “free-er” to engage with each other on cultural platforms as they are practices that come easily to people. The project is carried out throughout the country. The programme:
  • Focuses on particular local areas.

  • Works with partner civil society organizations in the focus area.

  • Builds the capacity of partner organizations through training in the methods and tools of interfaith harmony and peace-building.

  • Works with partner organizations to sensitize opinion makers to human rights and minority rights issues.

  • Develops relationships and networks between partner organizations, religious leaders, civil leaders and opinion makers in local areas.

  • Supports collaborative efforts to develop local interfaith initiatives and peaceful co-existence.

  • Sets up peace committees who seek to resolve religion-driven conflicts in their own areas.


  • Interfaith Harmony project team working in Jhumara, Jaranwala, Tandianwala and Samundri in District Faisalabad.


    Interfaith Dialogue

    The increased level of religious intolerance and violence worldwide as well as within Pakistan both increases the need for genuine Christian-Muslim dialogue that will lead to a deeper understanding of and respect for the other's faith, and makes that dialogue more difficult. The Christian Study Centre continues to encourage dialogue through seminars and publications and through developing relationships with Islamic scholars and departments of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religions.


    Interfaith Harmony Initiatives, Awareness and Protection of Minority Rights

    Christian Study Centre has been promoting social harmony among grassroots level communities for a more than a decade. Unfortunately the relations between communities are fragmented and discrimination and violence is being penetrating in the society.
    Encountering these trends of hatred, prejudice and discrimination, CSC has designed a program titled "Interfaith harmony initiatives, Awareness and Protection of Minority Rights" to foster religious and social harmony among societies from 2011. Focused areas are four towns of District Faisalabad (Jhumara, Jaranwala, Tandlianwala and Samundri). The program is focusing all three levels of the society including civil society organizations, religious leaders, teachers, political leaders, women leaders and youth leaders.
    The program is being implemented through capacity building of partner organizations in methods and tools of interfaith harmony and peacebuilding, sensitizing and motivating the opinion makers of the society for effective advocacy for human rights including minority rights. Different peace committees are formed in focused areas to resolve the religion driven conflicts for sustainability. The project is hoping to develop peaceful co-existence through collaborative efforts.