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THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF EAST AFRICA

PEACE DESK

MOTTO:
“Peace building is the believers calling.”

Vision
The people of God living in peace and harmony.

Mission
To work with communities, churches and institutions in order to avert, transform, mediate and resolve conflicts in our society.

The main purpose of the PCEA Peace Programme is to develop initiatives which target all members of society to challenge, equip and support regions, presbyteries, parishes, congregations and other agencies of the church, to contribute more actively to a stable and lasting peace in Kenya.

PCEA strongly affirms that peacemaking is the believers calling, that the compassionate, redeeming and reconciliatory ministry of Jesus Christ is reflected in the biblical call for discipleship, namely to be ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5: 16-20), to minister to those in need (Mathew 25: 31-46), to be an advocate for the oppressed (Luke 4: 18-19) and to be present in the ministry of peacemaking.

Programmes:

1.         Building Capacities for Peace and Reconciliation

Sustainable peace in Kenya, will only be realized when we each discover that our individual and collective actions constitute choices either for peace or violence.  The church, while not offering all the answers, holds the possibility that we can begin to build biblical foundations for peace and reconciliation. 

This programme trains church leaders to acquire the essential knowledge and skills needed for reconciliation and the mediation process.  It aims at strengthening local capacities to develop creative strategies for interventions within communities and to work towards conflict prevention, resolution and peaceful co-existence.

2.         Research and Policy Formulation

The conditions of peace building and conflict management are dynamic. This presents an ongoing need for critical analysis through research. By undertaking research the church will be able to generate and share new ideas on appropriate ways of dealing with conflict.  The research component will also help the church to have a deeper understanding of the causal factors of conflict.

The Peace Desk, in collaboration with all stakeholders, will engage in policy research, policy generation, dissemination, sensitization and advocacy.  The establishment of a national peace resource centre as a reference point for documenting disseminating best practice in peace building and reconciliation.

3.         Governance and Human Rights

Governance denotes a process through which political, social and economic priorities are based on the broader consensus in society in which the voices of the citizens (in particular the less able) are heard and respected in decision making and allocation of resources

This programme aims to promote civic awareness through trains and sensitizing the public on important national issues.

4.         Networking

Much of the Church's work for peace, especially at the local level, is not well known or well understood. The Peace Desk aims to stimulate a more systematic sharing, mapping and analysis of the best practices in peace and conflict management in the church.

The PCEA Peace Desk aims to connect peace builders from different regions, in order to build and deepen relationships and enhance the exchange of ideas. We will also partner with other ecumenical bodies and religious organization in promoting peace in the world.

For more information contact:

The Presbyterian Church of East Africa
PCEA Lay Training Centre
Peace Desk
PO BOX 213 – 00902
Kikuyu, Nairobi
Tel: 0712445380
Email-tmore8@yahoo.com
Website: www.pceaheadoffice.or.ke