Sri Lankan church becoming peace center

Ekklesia reports on an Anglican Church in Sri Lanka that is becoming a center for peace. It has been a venue for seminars and workshops on peace and inter-religious concerns since it opened as a conflict analysis centre in April 2006.

The buildings of Christ Church along Jaffna’s main road stand pock-marked by shell holes, as a grim reminder of the many pitched battles fought between Tamil rebels and Sri Lankan forces in this Tamil heartland on the northern fringe of Sri Lanka – writes Anto Akkara.

Built in 1871, the Anglican church is, however, now getting a facelift. New roof tiles have been put in place, and major holes in the walls are being patched up.

“We’re converting this church into a war memorial, and it will be used as a centre for conflict analysis,” the Rev S. P. Nesakumar, the archdeacon of Jaffna, told Ecumenical News International as he pointed to the severe damage inflicted by bombing and shelling during the 1990 and 1995 conflicts.

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