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Churches’ role in peacemaking NCLS Fact Sheet 15002

Many churches worldwide have a long history of opposing wars, conflicts and violence, and the role often played by churches in promoting peace continues today. For countries in the midst of war, this may be seen through local churches working to broker peace between hostile communities or bring humanitarian relief to civilians, or through prominent church figures taking a public stand against the conflict at hand. For countries more removed from armed conflict, such as Australia, the peacemaking role of churches can often take on a different form. A number of church bodies or Christian organisations in Australia are dedicated to promoting peace throughout the world. Their work includes informing the public of world conflicts and events, lobbying the government and providing humanitarian aid.

What do Australian church attenders think about the role their churches should play in peacemaking? In late 2011 as a part of the 2011 National Church Life Survey, a sample of Catholic, Anglican and Protestant church attenders were asked the following question: Do you agree or disagree: 'The churches should more actively promote non-violent alternatives to armed conflict'?

Author/s: Nicole Hancock, Miriam Pepper and Ruth Powell

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Hancock, N., Pepper, M. & Powell, R. (2014) Churches’ role in peacemaking, NCLS Research Fact Sheet 15002. Adelaide: Mirrabooka Press.

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