THE IMAM AND THE PASTOR
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Tuesday, 22 August, 2017
Central African Republic - photo by UNICEF

The Imam and the Pastor film, produced by IofC's 'For the Love of Tomorrow Films', is being used to foster peace and reconciliation in the Central African Republic.

Monday, 25 April, 2016

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the annual Peace Awards honors Africa and Diaspora Peace Heroes who have demonstrated a profound commitment to serve the community and promote peace in our society. This year’s honorees are Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, of the Interfaith Mediation Center, Kaduna, Nigeria.

Friday, 23 October, 2015
BELIEF - Oprah Winfrey's programe

Oprah Winfrey's landmark series 'Belief' has been broadcast in the United States. The second episode, 'Love's Story', concluded with an eight minute segment on Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa - who 'come together to reconcile and to honor one of the most sacred teachings at the heart of both their faiths: love your enemies'.

Monday, 17 August, 2015

The second episode of 'Belief,' to be aired by OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) on 19 October, features a segment on Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye. Entitled, 'Love's story', it takes the viewer on 'a journey around the world in search of what it means to love one another'. The episode ends with the story of 'two leaders in Nigeria who... come together to reconcile and to honor one of the most sacred teachings at the heart of both their faiths: love your enemies'.

Monday, 23 March, 2015
Screening of The Imam and the Pastor film at the iREP International Documentary Film Festival.

One week before national elections, the iREP International Documentary Film Festival invited Dr Alan Channer, Director of IofC’s FLTfilms, to Nigeria, to give the keynote speech on ‘Documentary Film and Conflict Resolution’.

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015
Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye in conversation with Rev Mark Hanson

Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor Dr James Wuye, of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria, together with Dr Alan Channer of IofC’s FLTfilms, were speakers at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis, USA.

Monday, 23 June, 2014
Meeting of the MIKA initiative in Mtwapa

‘We asked the children what they understand by the words radicalization, extremism and terrorism. They were not sure,’ Mariam Wambui told us. She was speaking at a meeting of the MIKA initiative – a partnership between the Muslim-inspired Minda Trust and the Christian-inspired Eleka Trust, based in Kenya’s second city, Mombasa.

Wednesday, 14 May, 2014
Pastor James Movel Wuye (left) and Imam Muhammed Nurayn Ashafa from Nigeria

Two Swedish newspapers, Expressen and Dagen, have reported on the work of the Imam and the Pastor in Kaduna this week. Expressen is one of the biggest newspapers in Sweden, Dagen is a Christian paper. The title of the Expressen article is 'Här lever hoppet i Boko Harams Nigeria' which means 'Here lives hope in the Nigeria of Boko Haram'.

Monday, 23 December, 2013
Participants at the retreat demonstrate a trauma tapping exercise

Joseph Wainaina fled from Eldoret in 1992, when his house was burnt to the ground in ethnic clashes. Some years later, whilst researching where to buy weapons to take revenge, a friend challenged him with the line 'forgive those who sin against us'. Wainaina was overcome by a spirit of forgiveness. Since then he has been working with Initiatives of Change for reconciliation between Kenya's different ethnic groups.

Thursday, 12 December, 2013
Peace and reconciliation in Kenya

12 December 2013 marks 50 years of Kenyan independence. People came to Nairobi from the desert reaches bordering Somalia, the port city of Mombasa, the drylands of Baringo and the political hotbed of Eldoret. The All Africa Conference of Churches provided the venue without charge. The theme of the gathering was ‘The dynamics of peace and reconciliation in Kenya’. It was facilitated by internationally acclaimed peacemakers from Nigeria, Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor Dr James Wuye.

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