How Faith Led to a Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Push for Reconciliation


Leymah-GboweeAbout a year ago, Christianity Today, interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah  Gbowee. Gbowee, who is a Liberian, won the Nobel Peace Prize along with fellow countrywoman Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and another Yemenese woman named Tawakkol Karmen in 2011. In this interesting interview, with Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Gbowee explains how the centrality of faith played a pivotal role in her activism for Liberian peace. Below is a short excerpt from that article.

“Leymah Gbowee experienced the power of prayer after leading a reconciliation effort to eventually end her country’s civil war. In 1993, a dream led the peace activist to call a gathering of women that eventually formed the Christian Women’s Peace Initiative. The women prayed and fasted for the end of violence, denying their husbands sexual relations until the country reached a ceasefire. Former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s regime eventually fell, and Gbowee’s friend Ellen Johnson Sirleaf now leads the country’s democratic government. Gbowee, a mother of six who splits her time between different countries as she promotes peace, attends an independent evangelical church in Ghana and a Lutheran church in Liberia. Her book, Mighty Be Our Powers (Beast Books), describes how her Christian faith motivated her to continue to fight injustice. CT spoke with Gbowee about the reconciliation efforts that led to her winning the Nobel Peace Prize.” (The above piece was excerpted from the Christianity Today article titled The Ceasefire Prayer Behind Leymah Gbowee’s Nobel Peace Prize posted on 4/20/2012)

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