Catholic Peacebuilding Network

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Databases and Websites on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

Institut fur Theologie und Frieden, based in Hamburg, Germany, has a list of websites on religion and conflict.

Pax Christi International, based in Brussels, Belgium, has a list that is based on different concerns and strategies of its Strategic Framework, focusing on these categories:

  1. Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Violent Conflict
  2. Human Security and Violence
  3. Disarmament and Demilitarization
  4. Just World Order
  5. Religion and Violent Conflict
  6. Conflict Transformation
  7. Peacebuilding
  8. Education and Youth Work for Peace
  9. Nonviolent Social Change
  10. Developing Peace Spirituality and Theology
  11. Advocacy and Campaigning
  12. Active in the Roman Catholic Church
  13. Active at the Ecumenical Level
  14. Historical Dialogue Process
  15. Active at the Interfaith Level

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University has knowledge resources designed for students, scholars, citizens and policymakers eager to know more about how religion plays out in culture, society, and politics — in the United States and around the world. The fruit of collaboration between Georgetown students and faculty, the resources allow users to explore connections across topics, traditions, and countries. All of the content under these headings is now in draft form, and will be completed over the course of the 2009-10 academic year.

United States Institute for Peace, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue brought together a group of practitioners, academics and policy makers of different faith traditions and from different parts of the world to reflect on women’s approaches and work to build peace from July 7-8, 2010. The consultation focused on roles played by religious leaders and communities, both in instigating and prolonging violent conflict and in negotiating and building peace.

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican has a website with links to official statements of the Church, homilies and other helpful documents.

Over the past three years, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University has been mapping the emerging constellation of the role of religious actors around social welfare. Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall has conducted a qualitative survey of faith-inspired organizations in development. A series of five workshops and consultations around the world have brought representatives from diverse groups together to identify key players, common problems, best practices, and ways forward. The most recent consultation, organized in collaboration with the World Faiths Development Dialogue, took place in December 2009 in Phnom Penh.

The Religion and Peacemaking Project provides a searchable and sortable site that is a joint project by The Religion and Peacemaking Project and The Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado.

The Council on Foreign Relations has a webpage for its Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative, designed with religious leaders and scholars in mind.

As a supplement to websites that focus on religion and peacemaking, the United Nations Department of Political Affairs provides more general peacebuilding resources.

The Central New York Peace Studies Consortium offers a free on-line journal.