© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/157006607X230526 Journal of Religion in Africa 37 (2007) 491-522 www.brill.nl/jra Th e Angolan Churches from the Bicesse to the Luena Peace Agreements (1991-2002): Th e Building of a Peace Agenda and the Road to E cumenical Dialogue Michael Comerford firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract Th is article examines how the major Angolan churches engaged with the search for peace from 1991 to 2002, the crucial period from the Bicesse Accords to the Luena Memorandum following the death of Jonas Savimbi, which ended the years of cyclical military conﬂict and broken peace agreements. It sets out how the churches analysed the causes of the conﬂict between the MPLA- led government and the UNITA rebel movement, as well as what they believed was required to bring about peace. Th is analysis is unique in Angola as no other national civic voice consistently engaged with the peace agenda over this period. Th e article also examines ecumenical initiatives to restore peace through the formation of COIEPA, the inter-ecclesial peace committee, follow- ing the return to war in 1998, initiatives that were strongly resisted by the government as it pursued its military strategy of bringing peace to Angola
Journal of Religion in Africa – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: ANGOLA; CHRISTIAN CHURCHES; PEACE-BUILDING; CONFLICT
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