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The Peace to the City Network grew out of a campaign of the same name that began in August 1997 and culminated in December 1998. The network was active until 2002; its members - churches, peace and justice organizations, faith communities and civil society movements - continue to work within the framework of the Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010).

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Why cities?

As centres of population, commerce, finance, political power and culture, cities are a metaphor for the modern world.

Cities are found all over the world and share many common characteristics.

Cities are a microcosm of the most destructive forces of violence as well as of the most creative initiatives to overcome it.

"Peace to the City" was the opening greeting of letters sent to the early Christian churches - many of which experienced division and tension in the midst of violent societies.

Seven lessons from seven cities

Peace grows at the grassroots level and is nurtured by the creativity and commitment of people.

All sides of a conflict have legitimate concerns, and we demonstrate our values by providing a connection between them.

We must be holistic in our work at peacebuilding, as all issues are connected.

To work for peace, we must become willing to challenge our own self-perceptions and to make room for everyone's story.

We must be bold and dare to cross "borders" by building bridges and strong partnerships.

A "safe place" is required where all sides can be invited as equals.

The gospel vision of peace is a source of hope for change and for a new beginning.

©2004 world council of churches | remarks to webeditor