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.
lessons from seven cities
Peace grows at the
grassroots level and is nurtured by the creativity and commitment
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
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.