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Case Studies | May 5, 2008

Pursuing Just Peace

An Overview and Case Studies for Faith-Based Practitioners

This practical resource includes an introductory essay and seven case studies. The essay provides a general overview and literature review for faith-based peacebuilding, discusses processes, and describes key roles that faith-based actors can play. The case studies describe concrete initiatives within highly diverse contexts and with a variety of organizations, approaches and entry points in peacebuilding: three focus on strengthening internal church peacebuilding capacity through peace education, three others focus on ecumenical and inter-religious collaboration, and one looks at the role of alliances and networks in advocacy for addressing gender-based violence. This publication is for CRS staff and its church, as well as the wider community of peacebuilding practitioners and those grappling with injustice and conflict. It delves into understanding and appreciation for faith-based peacebuilding in the hope that many may benefit from it. 


  • An Introductory Overview to Faith-based Peacebuilding by David Steele

  • Case Studies on Education and Capacity Building

  • A Case Study on Networking Against Gender-based Violence

  • Case Studies on Ecumenical and Inter-religious Collaboration

  • Synthesis: Gleanings on Process-Structures--Currents, Gravity, Streams and Leverage