Interfaith Peacemaker Teams (IP Teams) comprise approximately 20 OMNIA-trained clergy and lay faith leaders. Tough-minded and focused, these women and men:
- collaborate across identity barriers
- build power by organizing people and organizing money
- act strategically on urgent, relevant and winnable issues that arise from the ground-up.
The IP Teams are demonstrably effective. The stories of their success are featured in our communique, IP Team Stories. Media stories are coming soon.
As the number of Teams in an area increase, and their impact get to be well-known, the effectiveness of interreligious collaboration will produce a cultural shift. In that community, OMNIA expects to see a decrease in people’s tolerance of extremist religion and an increase in their affirmation of pluralistic religion.
The IP Teams are designed to become a component of a community’s social-infrastructure that encourages democratic citizen engagement for peacebuilding.
Today, in Gombe State in Northeastern Nigeria, there are 86 IP Teams. Sri Lanka has 35 and Bangladesh, 29, making a total of 150 IP Teams. In addition, OMNIA is building Virtual IP Teams via Zoom. While OMNIA’s values, principles and method are the same in each country, Teams function according to the unique features of each context.