Better Together: A Journey towards Peaceful Coexistence

The Anglican Diocese of Egypt is implementing a project titled Better Together: A Journey towards Peaceful Coexistence. The project is a continuation of the Diocese’s previous interventions that sought to build and promote cultural acceptance through music, photography, story- telling, pantomime, and film screening. These activities were part of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt’s response to the challenge of religious radicalisation and violent extremism in Egypt. In essence, therefore, the project’s objectives are, among others, to improve inter-religious relations among youth and neglected communities, increase resilience of youth to radicalisation and violent extremism, and increase knowledge about the commonalities and differences between religious groups in Egypt. Locations where Anglican Diocese of Egypt will implement its activities are Gusour Cultural Centre in Cairo, Old Cairo, and Ezbet El-Nakhl and El-Salam City Community Centres in Cairo. The interventions will demystify negative stereotypes about other religions, enhance cooperation between youths of different faiths, enhance women’s confidence, and promote harmony and peaceful co-existence between followers of different faiths.

The Anglican Diocese of Egypt has the following capability to implement these interventions. Previous interventions include Together for Egypt and Together We Develop Egypt projects. The former project brought together 30 imams and 30 priests to develop relationships and to participate in community development work. They attended seminars, visited sites of religious significance, and participated in training sessions with the goal of involving youth in community development. The latter project was centred around imams and priests. An imam and a priest teamed up and together led a group of ten youths - five Christians and five Muslims – who performed service projects in the local communities. And while Harmony Project fostered tolerance, respect and harmony between followers of different faiths, Planting a Tree of Hope promoted tolerance and acceptance among children by encouraging Christian and Muslim students of different ages to perform joint creative artworks. The experience and lessons from these projects and Anglican Diocese of Egypt’s reach in the Middle Eastern countries gives the diocese a strong base on which it will anchor CRID activities.

As part of project preparations, a team from Faith to Action Network and Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa travelled to Egypt from 22 – 31 July 2018 to orient the Anglican Diocese of Egypt team to the grant requirements and EU rules and principles. Faith to Action Network provided additional technical assistance on the post-mission review, quality and standards of documentation and the contracting process in October and November 2018. Anglican Diocese of Egypt signed the subgrant agreement in November and started implementing the project in December 2018.

Most recent interfaith work in Egypt

  • Nairobi, KENYA, 17 June 2020 (F2A) – The Faith to Action (F2A) Network, Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace ACRL-RfP) and All African Conference of Churches (AACC) call upon their member organisations to submit proposals for funding. This call is a component of an on-going

  • The Hague, Netherlands, 29 May 2020 (F2A) – The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the policy framework Power of Voices, has invited the consortium Joint Initiative for Strategic Religious Action (JISRA) to co-create a strategy to advance freedom of religion and belief in seven countries. JISRA is an international interfaith consortium consisting of Mensen

  • Kululu – Interfaith music and drama April 2019 Yumbe, Uganda, 13 February 2020 (F2A)- One of the ways in which the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) and Muslim Centre for Justice and Law (MCJL) promote interfaith relations and peaceful coexistence between Muslim and Christian youths in Yumbe district is through music, dance and drama. Between

  • Kululu – interfaith sports competion April 2019 Kululu, Uganda, 9 December 2019 (F2A): Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) and Muslim Centre for Justice and Law (MCJL) promote interfaith relations and peaceful coexistence between Muslim and Christian youths in Yumbe district. Negative stereotypes, prejudice, and acrimony had characterised relations between Christian and Muslim youth. But relations

  • Training of Trainers, Yumbe Town Council, October 2018 Yumbe Town Council, Uganda; 4 December 2019 (F2A) – Since September 2018, local faith leaders work together closely in Uganda’s Yumbe district. Jointly, the offices of the district Khadhi, the Anglican and the Catholic churches have supported and engaged young people through interfaith sensitization, mentorship and guiding