Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa
Rev. Dr. Ishmael Noko will address the composition of the African Interfaith movement. The issue of peacemaking is crucial for organizing communities because it is a common value shared by the diverse religious traditions in Africa. Dr. Noko will give concrete examples of how communities have moved beyond dialogue to taking action for peace, mobilizing young people, women and entire communities around specific projects. IFAPA is genuinely rooted in the tested African traditions and approaches to peacemaking.
Rev. Dr. Ishmael Noko is currently the president of Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa (IFAPA), a body that is seeking to promote peace and stability in the context of Africa by pulling together the resources of the religious communities. IFAPA was the recipient of the Carus Award at the 2009 Parliament for outstanding contribution to the interreligious movement. Dr. Noko was the General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation from 1994 to 2010. His mandate covered international affairs, refugee issues, ecumenical affairs and dialogue with people of diverse religious communities. Dr. Noko is the recipient of many international awards and ten honorary doctorates.