Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics Trust (CICC) is a faith-based organization focussing on interreligious dialogue to promote peace, security, and development in the coastal region of Kenya. The CICC leadership consists of a Board of senior religious leaders representing the African Traditional Religions (ATR), the Catholic Church, the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK), the Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK), the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM). CICC has interfaith committees in the whole coast region on the county, sub-county and locational level.

Exchange visit for religious women leaders at a Hindu temple

CICC’s organizes interreligious dialogue forums on religion and peace, exchange visits to places of worship, mentoring of young religious leaders by senior clergy from different religions, preaching events, safe space meetings for women, community forums that are facilitated by an interfaith team, psychosocial support for victims of violent extremism.

CICC successes include: winning religious leaders with extreme views to become part of peaceful interventions, mentoring young religious leaders and giving them platforms to preach in their respective places of worship. CICC has also helped religious leaders to deepen the knowledge of their own faith, appreciate other religions and put interreligious dialogue in practice. Religious leaders are now able to give counter and/or alternative narratives to radical preaching. Women religious leaders have also gained knowledge on the issue of radicalization and reached out to more women who finally opened up to address challenges they had been silent about. The community now finds it more normal to engage with people of a different faith because they have seen their own religious leaders working together.

A Bishop and an Imam discussing in a mosque
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