International Forum on Interfaith and Transcultural Peacebuilding

On Thursday 17 and Friday 18 August 2023, online.

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Many of Mission 21's partner churches and organizations live in crisis and conflict regions. Therefore, interreligious and transcultural peacebuilding is a main topic of cooperation. The forum will feature presentations and discussions on how peace initiatives from different contexts can support each other.

The topic of the two-day online meeting is the role of religion and spirituality in dealing with trauma.

We are especially looking forward to the contributions of our two keynote speakers:

Alissa Wahid

Psychologist, co-founder of Gusdurian Network, an important network for democracy and human rights, and co-chair in Indonesia's largest faith-based organization with 50 million Muslim members.

Septemmy Lakawa

President of the Faculty of Theology, Jakarta, Indonesia, and Professor of Trauma Theology and Feminist Theology.

You will also have the opportunity to meet Experts from our partner churches and organizations in Nigeria, Bolivia and Indonesia in workshops exchange.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Presentations and translations in English and Spanish only.

Thursday, August 17, 2023. 2:00-5:00pm CEST

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"Faith as a Resource for Trauma Transformation and Interreligious Peace Building."

Alissa Wahid

Psychologist, Co-Founder of Gusdurian Network, important network to foster human rights and democracy. She is also Co-Chair of Indonesia's largest faith-based organization with 50 million Muslim members. She serves as an expert for Religious Moderation for the Ministry of Religious Affairs and as Indonesia's Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador, One of the 10 Most Powerful Women in 2022 (Forbes Indonesia).

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"No Peace without Healing Traumas."

Racheal Juan

Advocacy and Peace Coordinator at the South Sudan Council of Churches, Bachelor in Governance and International relations, teaching assistant at the School of Social and Economic Studies, University of Juba.

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"Resilient Self-Help Communities in the Face of Violence."

Maria Mercedes Vargas Apaza

Social worker, specializing in public policy and gender equity. Director of the Fundaçion Machaqa Amawta 2019 - 04/2023, working with the indigenous population in rural Bolivia on intercultural education, ecological farming and improving political participation. Coordinator of the Intercultural Governance and Citizenship Program 2010 - 2019.

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"Trauma Healing for women coming from fragile and war areas to Switzerland".

Riham Galal Mahfouz, M.D.

Psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Ph. D. in Medical Molecular Biology, Egypt. Master of Psychotherapy, University of Basel, Switzerland. Certificate in Clinical Psychiatry, University of South Wales, England.

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"Trauma, Church and Peace Building.

Rev. Dr. Mery Koliman

Teaches Missiology, Contextual Theology and Religions at Artha Wacana Christian Universi-ty in Kupang, East Timor. She is a member of the Eastern Indonesia Women's Network for Study on Women, Religion and Culture. Moderator of Gereja Masehi Injili di Timor Church, Latest book: Mission of Empowerment: A Feminist Perspective (2022).

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"Pastoral Care Response to Victims of Post-Conflict Trauma."

Rev. Dr. Ephraim Yakubu Simon

Director of the Christian Council of Nigeria's Peace Building and Trauma Healing Center in Jos, Nigeria. Attended Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Institute in Ghana, West Africa, and Kurve Wustro in Germany for conflict transformation and peacebuilding studies.

Other program points

Questions and Answers

Break-out rooms

Wrap-Up Session

Friday, August 18, 2023. 2:00-4:00pm CEST


"Interfaith Conflicts, Trauma, and Art: An Indonesian Theological Voice of Healing and Peace."

Dr. Septemmy Lakawa

Ph. D. in Theology, Associate Professor of Mission Studies, Feminist Theology and Trauma Theology, former President of Jakarta Theological Seminary. Latest publication: Kemurahhatian dan Trauma: Imajinasi Baru Misi Kristiani [Compassion and Trauma: A New Imagination of Christian Mission, with a Foreword by Prof. Dana L. Robert (Boston University School of Theology) (2023).

Other program points

Questions and Answers

Break-out rooms
Trauma processing methods
Discussions with workshop leaders from the previous day

Wrap-Up Session & Results


BAF registration form

For questions

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Monika Di Pietrantonio

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Tel: +41 (0)61 260 22 67
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