Post-Apartheid Reconciliation in South Africa
Georgetown University graduate student Ilan Cooper conducted interviews in May 2009 in Mozambique as part of an ongoing research initiative at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. The aim of these interviews was to assess the role of religious actors in South Africa’s...
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Peacebuilding Practitioners Interview Series
We know very little about the role of religion in conflict situations and peacebuilding efforts. Religion intersects with other economic, social, political and other factors in complex ways. And faith communities are often arrayed on different sides of the same issue. In order to learn more about...
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AT THE CENTER
Reverend Gordon Oliver is Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Community of Cape Town and is chairman of the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative, a position he has held since 2009. From 1997-2008 he served as a minister of the Unitarian Church of Cape Town. Oliver joined the pastorate after almost two decades in politics and anti-apartheid activism. During the 1980s he was a member of the Cape Town city council, elected deputy mayor in 1987, and from 1989-91 served as mayor of the city. After his term as mayor he headed the Cape Town Tourism Board for seven years, then served as co-director of the 1999 Parliament of World Religions.
A Discussion with Gordon Oliver of the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative on the Importance of Modern Day Interfaith Work in South Africa
May 22, 2009
Background: As part of the Peacebuilding Practitioners Interview Series, Ilan Cooper interviewed Reverend Gordon Oliver, who currently serves as chairman of the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative. In this interview, Oliver speaks about the role of religious actors in the political development of...