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Document Details :
Title: To Embrace and be Embraced
Subtitle: School pela in Post-Conflict Ambon
Author(s): IWAMONY, Rachel , GASPERSZ, Steve , SOUISA, Nancy
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 29 Issue: 1 Date: 2019
This article focuses on the pela between SMP Negeri 9 Lateri and SMP Negeri 4 Salahutu. It is based on field research method, that is observation, interview and focus group discussion. This research finds that it is through religious celebrations and other programs students are able to cross religious boundaries. The schools connected with pela provide a space for the students to share their stories, to understand the structure of power, to know each other’s burdens, and to share joy and happiness. Collective activities help Christian and Muslim students heal their historic scars caused by the religious conflict. Further, they learn that religion should not separate people or destroy human life. At the same time, these activities also affect the relations among teachers and staffs. On a smaller scale, it brings a more peaceful relationship between Muslim and Christian students, teachers and staffs. On a larger scale, it places pela school relationships as a form of inclusive religious education, based on local practices, which has a significant impact to build the post-conflict Maluku society.