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“When our neighbors are in peace we are in peace” CSI SEVA

The LCP (Building Local Capacities for Peace) mentors and key people meet took place in CSI Centre on the 13th and 14th of April 2018. One Male and One Female from each of the 23 dioceses were invited, including those from the existing core team (Yellow Brigade) for the Youth for Peace Movement.

The General Secretary of the Church of South India, Rev. Dr. D. Rathnakara Sadananda in his remarks stated the importance of Peace in the current scenario and encouraged the ‘yellow brigade’ (LCP Core Team) to go into closed doors where people live in fear and pain and play possible roles in enhancing their capacities to build Peace. He concluded averring “When our neighbors are in peace we are in peace”. This ensured motivation to the youth to take this initiative forward to the next level.

Members from the group who had attended the trainings which was conducted by the LCP South Asian Network on Conflict Analysis and Conflict Transformation tools shared their learnings to the entire team. Rev. Solomon Paul, Director, Synod Youth Department shared details of the Conflict Analysis tools including (i) Conflict Mapping, (ii) LCP/Do no Harm, (iii) Reflective Peace Practice, (iv) Conflict Wheel, (v) Conflict Tree, (vi) Onion Model, and (vii) Fish Bone Model. Mr. Prem Madhuker, Coordinator Projects, CSI-SEVA shared details of the Conflict Transformation tools including (i) Dialogue, (ii) Actor mapping, (iii) Relationship mapping, (iv) ABC triangle, and (v) Camel’s Back. The young people worked on one or more concrete conflict situations using one of the tools to get hands-on experiences of the tools. One group used Fish Bone, the other one used ABC triangle and two other groups used conflict tree.

The action plan for the Fifth phase of LCP was discussed, the task ahead of the team was put forth. The need to expand the movement to 144 youth all over CSI and also to work among the 500 youth who had committed to work towards peace and conflict transformation in the Christa Yuva Jathrothsava held in Tiruvalla on the 11th 12th and 13th Oct 2016. This core team has affirmed to undertake this entire process.

LCP (Building Local Capacities for Peace) Network focused on facilitating Youth for Peace Movement since late 2016, focusing on developing CSI youth towards peace and conflict transformation work in the five southern states of India. In the fifth phase since 2018, the Youth for Peace Movement will also focus on gender mainstreaming in Conflict Transformation and Building Local Capacities for Peace activities.


Praveen Daniel
Program Executive – LCP