This event occurred on February 28, 2006
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
In his talk, Rev. Eugene Goussikindey, SJ, explored constructions of both politics and religion that might enable a convergence between both realms. If politics is viewed not simply as a struggle for advantage but also as a search for the common good, it must have peace as its object. And religion, while often exploited for violent and destructive ends, has peace as an underlying value. In Africa and elsewhere, leaders in both spheres must learn to appreciate the constraints and opportunities facing the other. Religious leaders are bound by tradition, for example, while politicians must make difficult choices that sacrifice some values at the expense of others. Without greater mutual appreciation and active cooperation between the religious and political spheres, prospects for peace are dim, particularly in the developing world.
Rev. Eugene Goussikindey, S.J., has devoted much of his life as a Jesuit and scholar to research and teaching around questions of religion, politics, and peace. He is the founder of the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya. Rev. Goussikindey has published both on theology and on Church-State relations, development, and interreligious dialogue in Africa. Goussikindey was a visiting fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace at the University of Notre Dame for the 2005-06 academic year. In 2006 he gave several lectures at Georgetown on the invitation of the Jesuit Community, the Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Peace, and the Woodstock Theological Center.