Catholic, Indonesian Muslim Groups Renew Partnership

The photo shows a Catholic church in Indonesia. (Photo courtesy of Bennylin, CC BY-SA 4.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons)

In Indonesia, a Catholic lay group and a prominent Muslim organization have renewed an interfaith commitment to peace. The partnership promotes social justice and harmony between different religious groups.

Bruce Allen with FMI says such alliances are not uncommon in Indonesia. “I have seen this many times. Let’s say FMI is providing construction materials so FMI partners can meet in a church building instead of a home. Muslim neighbors come and help the church be built. They’re saying, “I’m a Muslim, but we’re neighbors, we help each other.’”

“So that’s the perspective that’s being taken by these two groups.”

Cultural factors

Indonesia gained independence from Dutch colonial rule in 1949. The government realized they needed to unify 6,000 inhabited islands, and tried to build religious tolerance into the constitution.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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