Contributions to the Political Peace Process

John D. Brewer, Gareth I. Higgins and Francis Teeney

in Religion, Civil Society, and Peace in Northern Ireland

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694020
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191730825 | DOI:
Contributions to the Political Peace Process

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This chapter completes the outline of the typology of kinds of active peacemaking by focusing on the contribution of the churches to the political peace process. It focuses on the backchannel dialogue the churches developed with paramilitary bodies and their involvement in formal political negotiations. The political role of the churches lay primarily in backchannel dialogue, and the special qualities of sacred space to this kind of religious peacebuilding is emphasized in detail. The differing styles of religious leadership within the churches are explained.

Keywords: space; sacred space; backchannel communication; religion and politics; church leadership

Chapter.  17292 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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